20 African American Songs for Teaching with the Kodaly Method

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This is a set of 20 African American Folk Songs and Spirituals that come with an analysis.

Songs include:
- 3 Singing Games
- 1 Spiritual suitable for singing at Christmas time
- 16 African-American songs that are also rich in heritage and fantastic for teaching a wide variety of musical elements!

More African American songs are also included in my ‘20 Traditional American Songs for Teaching with the Kodály Method’ Collections 1 and 2.

These resources and more also available on MySongFile.com

ANGEL BAND (THE)
• Sections of this catchy song are quite repetitive, giving plenty of opportunity for reinforcing the melodic elements 'low la' and 'low so'!
• The first part of this song can be used to teach the rhythmic element 'tie'.
• The second part of this song can be used to prepare or practise tum-ti.

BLIN’ MAN STOOD ON DE WAY AN’ CRIED
• This is a beautiful African American Spiritual in la pentatonic scale.
• Great for acquainting students with minor tonality.
• Fantastic for working with the minor chord 'l,-d-m'. This chord is used in both ascending and descending patterns.

BOATMAN (THE)
• Great for practicing d-r-m with older beginners.
• A very useful song for contrasting the rhythmic elements 'tum ti' and 'ti tum’.

C-LINE WOMAN
• 'C-Line Woman' is a simple African American song written in ‘la pentatonic scale’.
• With 'low so' only sung once, this is a useful song for discovering this melodic element in a song in minor tonality.
• You could have two groups of students singing this song, with the 2nd group only singing the 'cela' phrase. This would reinforce the 'do'-'low la' and 'low so'-'low la' intervals.

HOLD MY MULE
• This is a terrific song for preparing and practising the melodic elements 'low la' and 'low so'.
• The rhythmic element 'too' can also be taught with this song.
• This song finishes 'l-s-m-r-d' making it a great song for teaching the 'do pentatonic' scale.

HUSHABYE
• This beautiful lullaby is terrific for preparing and practising the natural minor scale.
• The rhythm 'tum ti' can also be prepared and practised with this song.

I’M GOIN’ HOME ON A CLOUD
• This is a beautiful African American song written in Mixolydian mode.
• A great song for teaching the melodic element 'ta' (flattened ti).

KUM BA YAH
This traditional song can be used to:
• Teach the melodic element 'fa'.
• Prepare and practise the rhythmic element 'tim-ka'.

MARY HAD A BABY
• This is a Spiritual that can be sung at Christmas time.
• A useful song for preparing and practising the melodic elements 'low la' and 'low so'.

O SINNER MAN
This version of 'O Sinner Man' is great for:
• Practising ascending and descending broken chords in a minor tonality! (mi-do-la; la-do-mi; re-ti-low so; low so-ti-re).
• Preparing and practising the rhythmic element ti-tika.

OH SINNER MAN
This African-American Spiritual is fantastic for:
• Preparing and practising the rhythmic element 'ti-tika'.
• Practising the melodic element 'fa' in minor tonality.
• Singing in natural minor.
• Singing as a partner song with 'Drunken Sailor'.

OLD ARK (THE)
This Spiritual is brilliant for:
• Preparing and practising the melodic element 're'.
• Preparing and practising the rhythmic element 'syncopa' (quaver, crotchet, quaver [eight note, quarter note, eighth note]).
• Teaching 'do pentatonic scale'. (The last line has a descending do pentatonic scale).
• Working with the tonic triad. (The intervals appear in the song as d-m; m-d; d-m-s; d-s; m-s and s-m.)

PHARAOH’S ARMY
This upbeat, catchy song can be used to:
• Teach the melodic element 'fa'.
• Teach the rhythmic element 'tim-ka'.

POOR ROSY
• With melancholic lyrics, this song has a beautiful, though slightly unusual melody.
• A great song for teaching the rhythmic element 'ti-tika'.
• Fantastic for practising the melodic element 'ti' in minor tonality.

ROCK-A MY SOUL
• With an easy swung feel, students enjoy singing this Spiritual.
• A great song for preparing and practising the melodic element 'ta' (flattened ti).

STOOPING ON THE WINDOW (Singing Game)
• 'Stooping On The Window' is a fun song with an easy melody. Students love to 'wind' themselves into a circle and 'unwind' themselves into a line.
• A useful song for practising the melodic element 'low la'.
• A great song to practise singing the tonic triad - 'd-m-s'.
• An effective song to practise swapping between speaking and singing voices.

THAT’S A MIGHTY PRETTY MOTION (Singing Game)
• Children love this improvisation game.
• The song can be used to teach the melodic element 're'.
• The rhythm ti-tum (eighth note-quarter note) can be practised with this song.

TISKET A TASKET (Singing Game)
• This is a fun, chasing circle game.
• This song can be used to prepare and practise the musical elements 'low la' and 'low so'.
• The rhythm 'ka-tim' can be taught with this song.
• The game is played the same way as the similar song 'A Tisket A Tasket'.
• Game instructions are included.

TRAIN IS A-COMING
• This is a useful song for practising the extended 'do pentatonic' scale.
• The melodic elements 'high do', 'low la' and 'low so', are all in this song.
• This song works well with modal transformation.

WAYFARING STRANGER
• 'Wayfaring Stranger' is a great song for teaching the la pentatonic scale and practising the melodic elements 'low la' and 'low so' in a minor tonality.
• The simple rhythms in this song make it a useful song for teaching the time signature '3/2'.
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20 African American Songs for Teaching with the Kodaly Method
20 African American Songs for Teaching with the Kodaly Method
20 African American Songs for Teaching with the Kodaly Method
20 African American Songs for Teaching with the Kodaly Method