Kum Ba Yah

Reading, singing, and playing three parts, singing in harmony, and chord identification: tonic (I), subdominant (IV), dominate (V).

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: Africa - Traditional
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: phrases: ABAC - song: AB, chorus/verse
  • Rhythmintermediate: | ti/ ri ta ti ti | syncopation, | ta/a ti ti | ta/a ta | ti ta/ ti ti | syncopation
  • Pitchesintermediate: Mi Fa So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La
  • Intervalsintermediate: Do/Mi/So ascending tonic arpeggio (I, F), So\Do (P5), Mi\Do (M3), Do/Mi (M3), Do\So (P4), So/Do (P4)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; tied notes, syncopation, vocal slur, three part harmony, chorus/verse, chords: tonic triad (I, F), subdominant triad (IV, Bb), dominate triad (V, C), supertonic triad (ii, Ed - diminished), harmony
  • Key Wordsworld geography: Africa; "Come By Here," sacred, laughing, crying, praying, singing, camp song, scout song, civil rights song, protest song, prayer song; possessive: someone's
  • Recorderadvanced: practicing B flat, three part ensemble, chord identification

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