An Island Girl Goes To Alabama, Alabama Gal, Folk Song, Orff Instruments

Grade Levels
4th - 6th
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“An Island Girl Goes To Alabama” is an Orff instrument arrangement of the folk song, "Alabama Gal", but with a Caribbean twist! The unique stylistic treatment of the melody and parts help students learn about syncopated rhythms, as every part represents some kind of common syncopated pattern. Teachers will find this arrangement to be a great tool in teaching the concept and application of syncopation in music while also learning a great folk song and performing in the classroom or in a live concert performance. There is a body percussion section that creates an energetic contrast in the Spanish Flamenco style!

For Grades 4 - 6

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Soprano/Alto Glockenspiel (SG/AG)

Soprano Xylophone (SX)

Alto Xylophone (AX)

Sop Metallophone/Alto Metallophone (SM/AM)

Bass Metallophone/Bass Xylophone (BX/BM)

Contrabass bars (CBB)


Bongos (pair)

Congas (pair) or Tubanos

Shakers or Maracas

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9 pages
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