Dry Bones

Syncopated rhythm and pitch patterns, lowered 2nd and 3rd (Ra, Me), and raised 4th and 5th (Fi, Si), are found in this Halloween favorite.

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  • Grade: Fifth (5)
  • Origin: African American Spiritual
    Attributed to James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABCD
  • Rhythm: advanced: | ta ta ta ti ti | (ta) ta ta/ ti | ta ta ta ta | ta/a (ti) ti | ta ti ti ti ti ti ti | ta/ ti ta ti ti | (ta) ti/ ri ta ta | (ta) ta ta/ ti | ta/a ta ta | ta/a/a/a |
  • Pitches: advanced: Do Ra Re Me Mi Fa Fi So Si La Ti Do
  • Intervals: intermediate: Do/Mi\Do (M3), Do/Ra (m2) Ra/Fa\Ra (M3), Re/Fi\Re (M3), Re/Me (m2), Me/So\Me (M3), Mi/Si\Mi (M3), Fa/La\Fa (M3), Mi/So (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: whole, dotted half, dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; rests: quarter, eighth; pickup measure, pickup beat, repeated advanced syncopated rhythm pitch patterns, repeated intervals of a major third, pitches: accidentals: flats Ra, Me, sharps Fi, Si, (lowered second, third - raised fourth, fifth
  • Key Words: Sacred, African American Spiritual, African American history, Bible verses Ezekiel 37:1-14, Bible stories, connecting human bones, skeleton, Halloween

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