20 Traditional American Songs for Teaching with the Kodaly Method Collection 2

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

Analysis is included at the end of each song.

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A TISKET A TASKET (Singing Game)
• This song can be used to prepare and practise the melodic element 'la'.
• This song starts with 'mi-so'. Most songs that only use the notes mi-so-la, start with the falling interval 'so-mi', making this song useful for practising the rising interval.
• To use this song to practise or assess beat, have the child with the handkerchief walk on the beat as they go around the circle.

GREAT BIG HOUSE IN NEW ORLEANS (Singing Game)
• This song can be used to teach 're' to younger students or 'la' to older beginners.
• The rhythmic element 'too' can also be taught to older beginners with this song.
• A double circle game.
• This song works as a partner song with L'il Liza Jane. (You will need to start 'L'il Liza Jane on an 'A'). L'il Liza Jane can be found in the Collection: ‘20 Traditional American Songs for Teaching with the Kodaly Method’)

HEAD SHOULDERS BABY (Singing Game)
• This is a fun, improvisation singing game.
• Written in 'do pentatonic', this song starts on 'la' and begins 'l-s-m-r-d' providing terrific practise for singing the descending scale!
• This song can be used to teach the melodic element 're'.
• This is a fantastic song for preparing and practising the rhythmic element 'tim-ka'.

IDA RED (Singing Game)
• You can use this song as a word improvisation game.
• A fantastic song for teaching 'do pentatonic'.
• The rhythmic element 'tika-ti' can be prepared and practised with this song.

MAMA DON’T ‘LOW (Singing Game)
• Turn this favourite folk song into a way of learning students' names by following the instructions for the suggested game!
• The melodic element 'ma' (flattened 'mi') can be prepared and practised with this song.
• The rhythmic element 'tika-ti' can also be prepared and practised with this song.

ONE, TWO, THREE (Singing Game)
• The melodic element 'do' can be taught with this song.
• The rhythmic element 'sa' can also be taught with this song.
• Work on fine motor skills by making up actions to suit the words.

PAGES TRAIN (Singing Game)
• 'Page's Train' is useful for teaching and practising the melodic element 're'.
• You might like to have students improvise different things that they can see through the window on their train journey.


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 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' which, unlike this version, uses the notes mi, so and la.

WAKE SNAKE (Singing Game)
• This rhythmic improvisation game provides terrific early practise for improvisation.
• When playing the game, you may like to stipulate a particular rhythm students must use at least once in their 4 beat improvisation.
• This song is also great preparation and practise for the rhythmic element 'syncopa'.
• The melodic elements 'fa' and 'ti' can also be practised with this song.

INDIAN WARRIOR (Arapahoe Indian Song)
• Good for reinforcing beat. Children can 'stomp' on the beat or be given a drum to keep the beat on.
• Good for swapping between singing and speaking voices.
• Can be used as a song with ostinato for older students.

BYE BYE BABY
• A fantastic song for teaching the rhythmic element 'too' (minim/half note).
• The melodic element 're' can be prepared and practised with this song.

FISHPOLE SONG
• This is a terrific song for teaching the melodic elements 'low la' and 'low so'.
• The rhythmic element too-oo-oo can also be taught with this song.
• A great song for practising intonation of the tonic triad (d-m-s).

NIGHTINGALE (THE)
• A great song for teaching some of the easier rhythms in 6/8 time. (There is an anacrusis.)
• Written in extended do pentatonic scale.
• Practise 'high do', 'high re' and 'high mi' with this song.
• There are some large intervals in the song - great for a more challenging melodic dictation!
• A terrific song for practise pitching 4ths, 5th, 6ths and octaves!


RIDING IN A BUGGY
• A fantastic song for preparing and practising the melodic element 'high do'.
• The rhythmic element 'tum ti' can be taught with this song.
• You might like to get your students to substitute the names of their class mates for 'Miss Mary Jane' or improvise other forms of transport!

THE JAM ON GERRY’S ROCKS
• With two very clear examples of the flattened 7th approached by step, ‘The Jam on Gerry's Rocks’ is a great song for preparing, making conscious and practising the Mixolydian mode.
• This song can also be used to prepare, make conscious and practise the rhythm ‘tum ti’.

WHO KILLED COCK ROBIN
• This beautiful song is fantastic for preparing and practising minor tonality.
• You can also teach the interval of an octave with this song.
• The rhythmic elements 'too' and 'too-oo-oo' can also be prepared and practised with this song.

MICHAEL ROW THE BOAT ASHORE (African-American Spiritual)
• With its catchy melody, this song is a great way to prepare and practise the do pentatonic scale.
• The melodic element 're' is in the context of steps in this song, making it a helpful song for teaching 're'.
• The rhythmic element 'ti tum' can be prepared and practised with this song.

SWALLOW (THE) (African-American Spiritual)
• A terrific song for teaching mixed metre (the song alternates between 2/4 and 3/4).
• Fantastic for a challenging conducting task!
• 'Low so' can be prepared and practised with this song.
• Use this song for advanced practise of the rhythmic element 'ti-tika'.

SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT (African-American Spiritual)
• This African-American Spiritual can be used to prepare and practise the melodic elements 'low la' and 'low so'.
• The rhythmic elements 'syncopa' and 'ti-tum' can be practised with this song.
• This is a beautiful song to add to your choir's repertoire!
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20 Traditional American Songs for Teaching with the Kodaly
20 Traditional American Songs for Teaching with the Kodaly
20 Traditional American Songs for Teaching with the Kodaly
20 Traditional American Songs for Teaching with the Kodaly