Mary Had a Little Lamb

Introducing the dotted eighth and sixteenth syncopation and adding the tonic to the beginning Orff/Kodaly interval.

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  • Grade: Kindergarten
  • Origin: USA - 19th-century Nursery Rhyme
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: ABAC
  • Rhythmintermediate: | ti/ ri ti ti | syncopation, | ti ti ta | ti ti ti ti |
  • Pitchesbeginners: Do Re Mi So
  • Intervalsbeginners: Mi/So\Mi
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, quarter, dotted eighth, sixteenth, introducing sixteenth divisions, excellent for building from the beginning Orff/Kodaly interval, So\Mi to the tonal center, Do
  • Key Words: USA history, American nursery rhyme, school days, farming, character education, fleece, white, snow, school, rule, laugh, play, eager, children, cry, teacher
  • Keyboardbeginners: four finger exercise for right, left, and two hands together

A true story about children in Sterling, MA, USA, the original rhyme was first published by Sarah Josepha Hale on May 24, 1830. The rhyme was also the very first words recorded in the history of recorded sound by Thomas Edison.


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