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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 - lesson ideas


Acadian Lullaby - lesson ideas


Ai Hai Yo - lesson ideas


Aia o Pele i Hawaii - lesson ideas


Arirang - lesson ideas


Alabama Gal - lesson ideas


Al Citron - lesson ideas


All Night All Day - lesson ideas


Bickle Bockle - lesson ideas


Bought Me a Cat - lesson ideas


Buckeye Jim - lesson ideas


Built My Lady a Fine Brick House - lesson ideas


California - lesson ideas


Camptown Races - lesson ideas


Cape Cod Chantey - lesson ideas


Chattanooga Choo Choo - lesson ideas


Chicken on the Fence Post - lesson ideas


Cotton Eye Joe - lesson ideas



Crawdad Song - lesson ideas


Dinah - lesson ideas


Ding Dong Diggidiggidong - lesson ideas


Doctor Foster - lesson ideas


Ducks on the Millpond - lesson ideas


Ezekiel Saw the Wheel - lesson ideas


Fukien Boat Song - lesson ideas


Git on Board - lesson ideas


Goin' Down to Cairo - lesson ideas


Goin' Upon the Mountain


Great Big House


Great Mornin'


Green Mountain


Hambone - lesson ideas


How Can I Keep From Singing



Jim Along, Josie



John Kanakanaka - lesson ideas


Jubilee



Mince Pie and a Pudding - lesson ideas


Mister Rabbit



Old Ark's a-Moverin'



Old Brass Wagon - lesson ideas


Old Dan Tucker - lesson ideas


Old King Glory - lesson ideas



Rattlin' Bog




Shake Them 'Simmons Down


Song of the Dragon


Sun Don't Set in the Mornin' - lesson ideas


Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - lesson ideas


Teddy Bear - lesson ideas





Tennessee



This Train is Bound for Glory - lesson ideas



Tideo - lesson ideas


Who Built the Ark - lesson ideas


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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