What are Little Boys/Girls Made Of?

Descending tonic arpeggio and counting beats in 6/8 time with dotted quarter note syncopation, minor seventh (So/Fa).

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  • Grade: Kindergarten
  • Origin: England, 19th-century Nursery Rhyme*
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: AABC
  • Rhythmadvanced: | ta ti ti ti ti | ta/ ta/ | ta ti ta ti | syncopation, | ti ti ti ti ti ti |
  • Pitchesadvanced: So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa
  • IntervalsadvancedMi\Do\So descending tonic arpeggio, So/Fa (m7), Ti\So, Ti/Re
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; vocal slur; 6/8 time: eighth note receives one beat, divisions of a dotted quarter note: three eights (3 ti's), feeling duple meter (2) in 6/8: where three eights would be a triplet if the beat is represented by a dotted quarter
  • Key Words: boys, girls, frogs, snails, puppy-dog's tails, sugar, spice, nice

* From a larger work, "What Folks Are Made Of" or "What All the World is Made Of."


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