Music Reading: Colorful Melodies, a Growing Bundle for teaching music literacy

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I am so excited to present this collection of “Colorful Melodies” for teaching and practicing staff notation. These songs are presented in color-coded notation so that students can easily transfer the staff notation to playing instruments, such as Boomwackers and Handbells. Additionally, these songs can be played on the tone ladders on Specdrums


While these songs are designed to be played on instruments, students can also use these for melodic reading practice WITHOUT instruments, singing the songs on solfége syllables or letter names.

What you can expect:

A total of 118 songs will be included in 1-3 varying keys, based on key signatures that are applicable and playable on instruments (please see individual tone sets listed below).

• Every day two songs will be added to the set

• There will be a projectable lyric slide show for the song.

• There will be a PDF that can be printed to display the colored song notation on the staff or it can be displayed on your projector.

• There will be phrase by phrase cards that students can easily track and are designed with the Specdrum use in mind, but not limited to that!

• The songs will be notated in one, two or three different keys, depending on the tone set of the song and the ability for the classroom instruments to perform the melody of the song.

• Song notation will also include tone ladders, either on the same page and/or on a separate page. IF the tone ladder is on the page there will be a set for both left and right handed students.

Please note that some colors will be adjusted on the phrase by phrase cards and on the tone ladders to meet the color needs of the Specdrums, if using them. Also note that if using Specdrums teachers or students will need to establish the desired pitches within the application on your iPad or device.

Songs that will be included in this set and their posting dates:

so-mi songs: (keys of C-do, F-do, G-do)

Bye Low, Baby-O

Choo Choo Train

Chucu Chucu

Cobbler, Cobbler

Engine, Engine

Here I Come With My Big Bass Drum

Hey, Hey Look at Me

In and Out

Old Mother Witch

One, Two Tie My Shoe

Quaker, Quaker

See Saw

la songs: (keys of C-do, F-do, G-do)

Bell Horses (slsm)

Bye Baby Bunting (smlsm)

Bobby Shafto (slsm)

Busy, Buzzy Busy Bee (slsm)

Doggie, Doggie (smlsm)

Here Sits a Mousie (slsm)

No Robbers Out Today (slmsm)

On a Log (slm)

Ickle Ockle (slsm)

Mill Wheel (slsm)

Rain, Rain (smls)


do songs: (keys of C-do, F-do, G-do)

Acka Backa

Apple Tree

Frog in the Middle

Fuzzy Wuzzy

I See the Moon

King’s Land

Little Leaves are Falling

Mouse Mousie

Peas Porridge


Tee Hee Hee

Who Has the Penny?

re songs: (keys of C-do, F-do, G-do)

All Around the Buttercup

Au Clair de la Lune (mrd)

Bow Wow Wow

Button You Music Wander

Closet Key (mrd)

Frog in the Meadow (mrd)

Frosty Weather

Goodnight, Bedbugs

Let Us Chase the Squirrel

Hot Cross Buns (mrd)

Old Aunt Dinah

Rain is Falling Down (mrd)

low la songs: (keys of F-do, G-do)

Comanche Hand Game

Cumberland Gap

Gallows Pole

Grinding Corn


I See the Moon

Old Mr. Rabbit

Phoebe in Her Petticoat

Poor Little Kitty Cat


See the Rabbit Running

Skin and Bones

low so songs: (keys of F-do, G-do)

Chatter with the Angels

Chicken on a Fencepost

Cotton Eyed Joe

Derry Ding Dong Dason

Jolly Miller

Old Brass Wagon

Old Gray Mare

Old MacDonald

Sailing on the Ocean

Scotland’s Burning

Shake Them ‘Simmons

Turn the Glasses Over

high do songs: (key of C-do or F-do, depending on range)

Circle Round the Zero

Colorado Trail

Cut the Cake

Ding, Dong

Hogs in the Cornfield


I Lost the Farmer’s Dairy Key

Little Tommy Tinker

Old Turkey Buzzard


Shortnin’ Bread


fa songs: (keys of C-do, G-do- please note, due to extended range some of the songs will NOT include C-do tracking notation)

Ah! Vous Dirai-Je Mama

Are You Sleeping?

Aunt Rhody

Chairs to Mend

Consolation Flowing Free

Goose Round

La Cloche

Little White Daisies

London Bridge

Long, Long Ago

Ode to Joy

Redbirds and Blackbirds

low ti songs: (keys of F-do, C-do with some songs only containing F-do due to singing range)

A la Puerto del Cielo

Ah, Poor Bird


Autumn Round

Birch Tree

Boots of Shining Leather

Debka Hora


Music Alone Shall Live (3/4)

Peace Round

When I First Came To This Land

White Sand

EDIT- these will be added early Jan 2019: ti songs: (key of C-do)

• Alleluia

• Chumbara

• Dutch Lullaby (6/8)

• Kitty Alone (6/8)

• Lachen, Lachen

• Laughing, Singing

• Little Dappled Cow

• Roman Soldiers

• Sweet Betsy from Pike (3/4)

• When I Was a Young Girl

** Songs with ascending and descending scales for use with littles will be added in January!

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