Pay Me My Money Down

Advanced syncopation, limited range, two intervals, and exploring variations in phrases between the verse and refrain.

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  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: USA - African American Work Song
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: AB - verse/refrain
  • Rhythm: advanced: | ta ta ta ta | ta ta ta/a | (ta) ta ta ta | ti ta ta/ (ti) ti | syncopation, | ti ta ta/a/ | syncopation, | ta/ ta/ ta | syncopation | ta/ ta/a/ | syncopation, | (ta) ta ta ta | syncopation
  • Pitchesbeginners: Do Re Mi Fa So La
  • Intervalsintermediate: So\Mi (m3), Mi/La (P4)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, quarter, eighth; rest: quarter, eighth; pickup beat, tied notes, two double barlines, call/response, verse/refrain, syncopation on the second half of the first, second, and fourth beats (& of 1, & of 2, & of 4), repeated syncopated entrances on the second beat, and syncopated rhythmic divisions of half beats into groups of 3-3-2
  • Key Words: USA history, African American histroy, Georgia Sea Islands, slave ships, slave trade, thought, captain, sailing day, boat, dock bar, boat dock, knocked, end of a spar (thick, strong pole), pay, money down

    NOTErefrain is composed of the calls and responses:
    measures 10-11 are syncopated variations of measures 2-3,
    measures 12-13 changes one pitch from measures 4-5,
    measures 14-17 mirror measures 6-9
     omitting one beat/pitch


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