Michael Row the Boat Ashore

Introducing syncopation with beginner level pitches and intervals. What rhythm changes are needed to match the syllables of the third verse?

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  • Grade: Third
  • Origin: USA - African American Spiritual cir. 1862
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: rhythm: ABAC - pitches: ABCD - song: AB
  • Rhythmintermediate: | ta/ ti ti ta/ | syncopation, | ta/a ta ta | ta/a/a/a | ta/a/a ta |
  • Pitchesbeginners: Do Re Mi Fa So La
  • Intervalsbeginners: Do/Mi/So ascending tonic arpeggio, So\Mi
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beats, syncopation, arpeggio, ending a phrase on the dominate (So), changing rhythm to match verse syllables
  • Key Words: sacred, USA geography, St. Helena Island, Sea Islands of South Carolina, slave songs, African American history, Archangel Michael, sacred, work song, sea chanty, spiritual, ashore, trim the sails, River Jordan, chilly, body, soul

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