Solfege

Sing a Song of Sixpence

Lyrics (Folk song) 1. Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye.Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie.When the pie was opened the birds began to sing;Wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before the king? 2. …

Miss Mary Mack

Lyrics (Folk song) Miss Mary Mack Mack MackAll dress in black, black, blackWith silver buttons, buttons, buttonsAll down her back, back, back.She asked her mother, mother, motherFor fifty cents, cents, centsTo see the elephant, elephant, elephantJump over the fence, fence, …

Oh oh the Sunshine

Lyrics (American folk song) Oh oh the sunshine! (repeat twice)Sally’s got a red dress buttoned behind (repeat) See also songs about the sun so-mi songs EG recorder songs songs with triplets recorder DEF#GABD’ songs summer songs source: American Folk Songs for …

Who’s That Tapping at the Window

Lyrics (Folk song) Who’s that tapping at the window?Who’s that knocking at the door?Mammy tapping at the window?Pappy knowing at the door? Recorder notes: G, A, B, D’ See also name songs songs for solo singing pentatonic songs songs with …

Cotton Eyed Joe

Info The origins of this song are unclear, although it pre-dates the 1861–1865 American Civil War. (source) Lyrics (Folk song) If it hadn’t been for Cotton Eyed Joe,I’d been married a long time ago.Where did you come from; where did …

Bobby Shafto

Info The original Bobby Shafto has been identified with a resident of Hollybrook, County Wicklow, Ireland, who died in 1737. (source) Lyrics (Folk song) Bobby Shafto’s gone to sea,Silver buckles on his knee.He’ll come back and marry me.Bonnie Bobby Shafto! …

Bickle Bockle

Lyrics (Folk song) Bickle bockle blue bottleFishes in the seaIf you want a partnerJust choose me. Game Put an odd number of students in an specified space (I put them inside a circle on the floor). Students walk around aimlessly …

So Mi Songs

Songs with Mi & So in the Melody Bickle Bockle Cat’s Got the Measles Cherry Tree Christopher Columbus Cobbler Cobbler Cuckoo Cuckoo, The Cuckoo’s Career Doctor Foster (countermelody) Echoes El cucú Frog in the Meadow Gobble Gobble (+ Do) Goin’ Up …

Solami Game

Lesson ideas So-La-Mi! (I pronounce it like “salami.”) 1. I sing a pattern of solfege with Curwen hand signs. In younger grades, I only sing mi, so or mi, so and la in different orders, such as: In older grades, I sing …

Pentatonic Songs

Songs Based on the Pentatonic Scale The pentatonic scale, a 5-note scale, is the basis for countless folk songs around the world.  A la Claire Fontaine A Mince Pie or a Pudding Acadian Lullaby Ai Hai Yo Al Citron Alabama …

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