20 Traditional American Songs for Teaching with the Kodaly Method

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This is a set of 20 Traditional American Songs. Songs include:
- 10 Singing Games
- 1 canon
- 6 Traditional American Songs
- 3 African American Spirituals

Analysis is included at the end of each song.
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ALABAMBA GIRL (Singing Game)
• Students love this energetic, happy line dance.
• An effective song for preparing and practising the rhythmic element 'syncopa'.
• This is a great song for preparing and practising the melodic elements 'low la' and 'low so'.

AMASEE (Singing Game)
• This fun line dance is also useful for preparing and practising the rhythmic elements 'ta' and 'ti-ti' with older beginners.
• A useful song for later practise of 'low la'.

BUTTON YOU MUST WANDER (Singing Game)
• Students love this hiding/finding game.
• A fantastic, fun song for preparing and practising do pentatonic scale as well as the melodic element 're'.
• A useful song for preparing and practising the rhythmic element 'too' (minim/half note).

CHICKEN IN THE FENCEPOST (Singing Game)
• This is a favourite double circle game for many students!
• A fantastic song for teaching the rhythmic element 'tika-tika'.
• A really useful song for teaching the melodic elements 'low la' and 'low so'.
• Also known as 'Dance Josey'.

HERE COMES A BLUEBIRD (Singing Game)
• Young students love this simple circle game.
• Written in do pentatonic, it is a fantastic song for preparing this scale as well as the melodic element 're'.
• A useful song for preparing and practising the rhythmic element 'too' (minim/half note).

I’VE BEEN TO HARLEM (Singing Game)
• A terrific game and partner song (with ‘Dum Dum Diddle’)
• I have also seen the lyrics ‘drink what you want to drink’ used instead of ‘drink all the brandy wine’.
• This song is useful for preparing and practising melodic elements ‘low la’ and ‘low so’, or if you only use part of the song, you can also use the song to make conscious these elements.

LET US CHASE THE SQUIRREL (Singing Game)
• Children can't get enough of this chasing, circle game!
• A useful song for preparing and practising the rhythm 'too' (minim/half note).
• A great song for preparing and practising the melodic element 're'.

LONG LEGGED SAILOR (Singing Game)
• This is a terrific song and game to use to teach the melodic elements 'do', 're' and 'mi' to older beginners.
• This game really challenges co-ordination and memory - good for many laughs!
• Also useful for practising beat and the rhythmic elements 'ta' and 'ti-ti' to older beginners. (There is an anacrusis.)
• You can start slow and become faster.

OLD JOE CLARKE (Singing Game)
• "Old Joe Clarke" is a fantastic song for teaching Mixolydian mode.
• This song can also be used to prepare and practise the rhythm "ti-tika".

PAW PAW PATCH (Singing Game)
• Students love this line dance.
• A great song to teach the rhythm 'tika-tika'.
• A useful song to use to prepare and practise the melodic element 'ti'.

DUDE RANCH COWBOY (Canon)
• Students love this funny canon - particularly when they can sing 'whoops' at the end of line 2 and 3!
• The 'whoops' can be used to help older students find their singing voice.
• This song can be used to prepare and practise the rhythmic element tim-ka.
• Also useful for preparing and practising the melodic element 'ti' and practising 'fa'.

COTTON NEEDS A-PICKING
• A useful song to prepare and practise the rhythm 'ti-tum'.
• Also useful for preparing and practising the melodic elements 'low la' and 'low so'.

I’M A PEANUT
• This fun song has a really catchy rhythm and melody.
• A great song for teaching 're'. 'Re' is only sung in the context of 'mi-re-do'.
• This song can be used to prepare the rhythm 'ti-tika'.
• Works well to click (or improvise other actions) on the rests.

L’IL LIZA JANE
• This is a terrific song for teaching the melodic element 'high do'.
• The first half of the song can be used to teach the rhythmic element 'syncopa' or the whole song can be used to prepare and practise the rhythms 'syncopa' and 'tum ti'.
• The first 'L'il Liza Jane' can be sung as an ostinato through the song.

PICK A BALE OF COTTON
• This song can be used to prepare and practise the melodic element 'fa'.
• This song is also useful for preparing and practising the rhythmic element 'too' (minim/half note).
• Students can make up actions to suit the song.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN
• This is a fantastic song for preparing and practising the melodic element 're' as 're' is always approached by step in this song. The first half of the song can be used for making conscious 're'.
• This song can also be used to practise the rhythmic element 'sa'.

SHENANDOAH
• "Shenandoah" is a great song for teaching Mixed Metre.
• Useful for late practise of the rhythmic elements "tum ti" and "ti tum" (dotted crotchet, quaver; quaver, dotted crotchet".
• Can use to prepare and practise melodic elements "fa" and "ti".

THIS TRAIN IS BOUND FOR GLORY (African-American Spiritual)
• This song can be sung as a partner song with 'When the Saints Go Marching In'. If singing as a Partner Song, start to sing on the word "Saints".
• This song can be used to prepare and practise the melodic elements 'low la' and 'low so'.
• A useful song for practising the rhythmic element 'syncopa'.

WADE IN THE WATER (African-American Spiritual)
• "Wade in the Water" is a traditional Afro-American song full of syncopation.
• You might like to use this song as part of an Afro-American unit.
• Use sections of the rhythms for dictations and/or sight-reading for secondary students when practising ties in more advanced contexts.

YOU BETTER RUN (African-American Spiritual)
• An African American Spiritual written in extended do pentatonic scale.
• A great song to prepare, make conscious and practise ‘high do’.



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20 Traditional American Songs for Teaching with the Kodaly Method
20 Traditional American Songs for Teaching with the Kodaly Method
20 Traditional American Songs for Teaching with the Kodaly Method
20 Traditional American Songs for Teaching with the Kodaly Method