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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pentatonic Songs











The pentatonic scale, a 5-note scale, is the basis for countless folk songs around the world. Here's an explanation of the importance of the pentatonic scale in an Orff classroom:  

The music used in the classroom is based on the children's own heritage with a combination of folk and composed music. Here in America, our classrooms are multicultural. Orff philosophy embraces the folk music of all cultures. They are almost all in the universal pentatonic scale. (Five note scale - separated by whole steps.) C Pentatonic would include the pitches C D E G A. This is the most common scale used in Orff because it is easily used with the Orff instruments. (source

A la Claire Fontaine - more


Acadian Lullaby - more


Ai Hai Yo - more


Aia o Pele i Hawaii - more


Arirang - more


Alabama Gal - more


Al Citron - more


All Night All Day - more


Bickle Bockle - more


Bought Me a Cat - more


Buckeye Jim - more


Built My Lady a Fine Brick House - more


California - more


Camptown Races - more


Cape Cod Chantey - more


Chattanooga Choo Choo - more


Chicken on the Fence Post - more


Cotton Eye Joe - more



Crawdad Song - more


Dinah - more


Ding Dong Diggidiggidong - more


Doctor Foster - more


Ducks on the Millpond - more


Ezekiel Saw the Wheel - more


Fukien Boat Song - more


Git on Board - more


Goin' Down to Cairo - more


Goin' Upon the Mountain


Great Big House


Great Mornin'


Green Mountain


Hambone - more


How Can I Keep From Singing



Jim Along, Josie



John Kanakanaka - more


Jubilee



Mince Pie and a Pudding - more


Mister Rabbit



Old Ark's a-Moverin'



Old Brass Wagon - more


Old Dan Tucker - more


Old King Glory - more



Rattlin' Bog




Shake Them 'Simmons Down


Song of the Dragon


Sun Don't Set in the Mornin' - more


Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - more


Teddy Bear - more





Tennessee



This Train is Bound for Glory - more



Tideo - more


Who Built the Ark - more


Zo-san




I like this book by Cristi Cary Miller. It has some great songs in it. 




8 comments:

  1. Thanks for putting so much thought into organizing your songs! I am putting together some resources for a student teacher...coming here was SO much easier than pulling from a million different books! Thanks!!

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  2. Beth, I'm currently working in Mumbai, India without many of my resources. This is helping me model pentatonic songs. A million thanks to you for putting this together! Love your blog!

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  3. Hi, I'm working with some kids in Ethiopia. The pentatonic scale is used in all their folk songs. This is a lovely collection! Thank you for your hard work!

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    1. Kathleen,

      My sister adopted her daughter from Ethiopia, and she is now living with me for awhile. Do you know of any resources where I could find Ethiopian folk songs?

      Thank you!
      Beth

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  4. Oh my gosh, I just had so much fun going through these pieces of music! I've honestly never been that keen on recorders or orff... but some of these are so much fun, and have such great, applicable material to our school system's incredibly intense curriculum, I just love it!

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  5. Thanks for the great song resources - I am studying Music Therapy and these will be so helpful

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  6. Great collection. I think "Farmer in The Dell" can be added as well. Thank you!

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