My Horses Ain’t Hungry

Introducing harmony while practicing major and minor thirds.

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  • GradeThird (3)
  • Origin: United States: Tennessee Folk Song
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: AB
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta ta ta |ta (ta) ti ti | ta/a/a |
  • Pitches: beginners: Mi So La Do Re Mi So – pentatonic scale
  • Intervals: beginners: Do/Mi\Do (M3), Do\La (m3), So\Mi/So (m3), La/Do (m3), So8\Mi (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, quarter, eighth; rests: quarter; harmony, pickup beat, pentatonic scale
  • Key Words: Geography: United States; Tennessee, horses, hungry, hay, feeding horses, pony, whoa, contractions: ain’t (are not), I’m (I am), I’ll (I will), won’t (will not)

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Morning Has Broken

Practicing the ascending tonic arpeggio and descending tonic triad.

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  • GradeFifth (5)
  • Origin: Traditional Gaelic Melody 
    Words: Eleanor Farjeon
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: ABCD
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ta ta | ta/a/a | ta/ ti ta | syncopation
  • Pitches: intermediate: Do Re Mi So La Ti Do Re
  • Intervals: intermediate: Do/Mi/So/Do8 ascending tonic arpeggio, Re\Ti (m3), So\Do (P4), So\Mi\Do descending tonic triad, So\Mi/So (m3), So/Do8 (P4), Do\La (m3), La\Re (P5)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rests: quarter; tied notes, syncopation, repeated melodic patterns, vocal slurs
  • Key Words: Geography: Scotland, Gaelic; morning, blackbird, spoken, praise, sacred, singing, rain, sunlit, heaven, dew, grass, earth science, garden, Eden, fresh, sweetness, elation, completeness, recreation, His feet, God

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Yankee Doodle Boy

Raised tonic (Di), repeated rhythm patterns, and an unusual descending minor third Mi\Di.

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  • GradeFourth (4)
  • Origin: George M Cohan – 1904
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: ABAC
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta/ ti | ti ti ti ti | ta/a | ta/ (ti) | ta ta | ta (ta) | ti/ ri ti ti | syncopation, | ti ta ti | syncopation
  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Ti Do Di Re Mi Fa So 
  • Intervals: intermediate: Re\La/Re (P4), Re\Ti (M3), So/Do (P4), Do/Mi (M3), Mi\Di (m3), Do\La\Do (m3), Re\So (P5), 
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; rests: eighth; tied notes, syncopation, repeated rhythmic patterns, running eighth notes, raised tonic Di, 
  • Key Words: United States history, Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, Broadway Musical: “Little Johnny Jones” (Tod Sloan, jockey), English Derby, Uncle Sam, Fourth of July, sweetheart, London, England, ponies, nephew

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Taps

Mastering the pitches of the tonic triad and arpeggio.

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  • GradeFourth (4)
  • Origin: Words: Horace Lorenzo Trip – Music: Traditional
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: Rhythm: AaB – Pitches: ABC
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti/ ri | ta/a/a ti/ ri | ta/a ta ta | ta ti/ ri ta ti/ ri | ta/a ta ta |
  • Pitches: intermediate: So Do Mi So – tonic arpeggio
  • Intervals: intermediate: So/Do (P4), So/Mi/Do inverted tonic triad, Do/Mi/So tonic triad, Mi\So (M6), Mi\Do (M3), So\Mi\Do\So descending inverted tonic arpeggio
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, dotted eighth, quarter, sixteenth; rests: quarter; excellent practice of the tonic triad and arpeggio (root and inverted)
  • Key Words: American history, military funerals, flag ceremonies, Flag Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, also known as: “Day is Done”, “Butterfly’s Lullaby”, and “Scott Tattoo” (from 1835-1860), official recognition by US Army in 1874, sacred

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Shepherd, Shepherd

  Introducing a descending augmented fourth or tritone La\me.

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  • GradeThird (3)
  • Origin: African American Spiritual
  •  Key: F Major
  •  Time: 2/4
  •  Form: Rhythm: AABCD – Pitches: ABACD
  •  Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ta | ti ti ti ti | ta ti ti | ta/ ti ri | ta/a 
  •  Pitches: intermediate: Do Re me Mi Fa So La – lowered third 
  •  Intervals: advanced: La\me (A4 Augmented 4th, also known as a Tritone: three whole tones/steps), Do/Mi\Do (M3), So\Do (P5), Do/Fa (P4), Do/So (P5)
  •  Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth, sixteenth; rests: quarter; Augmented 4th, also known as a Tritone: three whole tones/steps, tied notes, lowered third (me)
  •  Key Words: African American Spiritual, African American history, sacred, shepherd, sheep, lambs, stray, contraction: where’d (where did), O (oh)

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Let Us Chase the Squirrel

Adding the second (Re) to the tonic triad and practicing the ascending minor third Mi/So.

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  • GradeFirst (1)
  • Origin: North Carolina Game Song, United States
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: ABAC
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ti ti ti ti | ta ta | ta (ta) |
  • Pitches: beginners: Do Re Mi So
  • Intervals: beginners: Mi/So (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, eighth; rests: quarter; running eighth notes, ascending minor third
  • Key Words: geography: United States, North Carolina, game song, squirrel, climb, catch, up/down, tree, game song, animals, contraction: hick’ry (hickory)

GAME

Version One: Facing students join hands to form a tree. Each tree has a student representing a squirrel in their limbs, one lone squirrel is not in the trees. Students sing the song and raise their arms at the end. All squirrels run to another tree before the limbs fall. There will be one squirrel left out each time.

Version Two: Students form a circle with one student on the outside holding a scarf/tail. All students sing while the squirrel circles tapping another student and dropping his tail at the end of the song. Chosen student and squirrel run in opposite directions to claim the open spot. The winner joins the singing circle and the game continues.


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Death of the Robin

Introducing the sixth pitch, La/6, as minor’s home while practicing whole, half, quarter and eighth notes.

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  • GradeThird (3)
  • Origin: Appalachian Folk Song
  •  Key: D minor
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: Rhythm: AABC – Pitches:ABCD
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta/a ta ti ti | ta/a ta/a | ta/a/a/a | ta ti ti ti ti ti ti | ti ti ti ti ti ti ti ti | ta ti ti ta ta |
  • Pitches: intermediate: La Do Re Mi La
  • Intervals: intermediate: Mi\La (P5), La/La ascending octave skip, La\Mi (P4), Mi\Do (M3), La/Do (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: whole, half, quarter, eighth; rests: none; running eighth notes, minor tonality, ascending octave skip on the 6th pitch (La)
  • Key Words: geography: United States: Appalachian Mountains, lessons on dying and death, funeral, planning a funeral: death, die, grave, preacher, clergy, spade, hoe, chain; song, harp, animals: sparrow, fly, crow, cane, lark; contraction: fun’rel (funeral)

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MacNamara’s Band

Feeling of duple meter in 6/8.

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  • Grade: Fifth (5)
  • Origin: Ireland – Music: Shamus O’Connor – Words: John J Stamford – circa 1889
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: ABAbCBDb
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ti ti ti ti | ta ti ta ti | ti ti ti ti ti ti | ta/a/ ti | ta ti ta ti | ta/ ta/ | ti ti ti ta/ ti | ta/ ta ti |
  • Pitches: beginners: So Do Re Mi Fa So
  • Intervals: intermediate: So\Mi (m3), Do\So (P4), So/Mi M6), So8\Do (P5)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rests: none; running eighth notes, syncopation, feeling of duple meter in 6/8 where one beat is equal to a dotted quarter, tied notes, rhythm changes with verse syllables
  • Key Words: Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day, leader of the band, although, finest, wakes, weddings, funerals, march from Saul, rehearsing, affair, annual, celebration, gentry, General Grant, Uncle Yulis, Sweden, march, ladies, grand, shout, Irish band, bunch, shamrocks, uniform, funniest, Swede, McCarthy, O’Brians, Ryans, Sheehans, Meehans, Hennessey, Tennessee, yimminy, clang, credit, blaze, pumps, tootles, musical instruments: bass drum, drums, cymbals, baboon, bagpipes, flute

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Love Somebody

Three perfect fourths, syncopated rhythms with sixteenths, and an inverted tonic triad.

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  • GradeThird (3)
  • Origin: American Folk Song
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: ABCD
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ti ri ti/ | ti ti ta | ti ti ti ri ti ri | ti ti ti ti ri | ti ti ti ti |
  • Pitches: advanced: Do Re Mi Fa So Do Re Mi – extended range
  • Intervals: intermediate: Do/Mi/So ascending tonic triad, So\Re (P4), Fa\Do (P4), Do/Mi\Do (M3), So\Mi/So (m3), Mi/So/Do inverted tonic triad, Do8\So (P4)
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, dotted eighth, eighth; rests: none; tonic triad, inverted tonic triad, three perfect fourths, syncopation
  • Key Words: United States history, courting song, Valentine’s Day, love; contraction: can’t (cannot)

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Danny Boy

Syncopated rhythms, descending tonic triad and arpeggio, and three intervals of a minor third.

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  • Grade:Fifth (5)
  • Origin: Old Irish Air – Words: Fred E Weatherly
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABCD
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta/ ti ti ti ti ti | ti ti ta/ ti ti ti | ta/a (ti) ti ti ti | ti ti ta (ti) ti ti ti | ti ti ti ti ti ti ti ti |
  •  Pitches: advanced: La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do Re Mi – extended range
  • Intervals: intermediate: Mi/La (P4), So\Mi (m3), La/Do (m3), Do/Mi (M3), So\Mi\Do descending tonic triad, Re\Ti (m3), So/Mi8 (M6), Do\La/Do (m3), Do\So\Mi\Do ascending tonic arpeggio, 
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rests: eighth; syncopated rhythms, descending tonic arpeggio, descending tonic triad, three intervals of a minor third, melody moves primarily by steps
  • Key Words: Geography: Ireland, Irish air, ballad, “Londonderry Air”, bagpipes, glen, bide, meadow, hushed, flowers dying, kneel, “Ave”, tread, grave, contractions: ye’ll (you will), Ave (Ave Maria) I’ll (I will), ‘tis (it is), flow’rs (flowers), possessive: summer’s

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