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"The Happy River" Lyrics, Text Format

Stepping up and down the staff and introducing the beginning Orff interval, So\Mi. A wonderful five finger keyboard exercise for left and right hands.



  • Grade: Kindergarten
  • Origin: France – Folk Song
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: ABAC
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ti ti ti ti | ta ta | ta (ta) |
  • Pitches: beginners: Do Re Mi Fa So, stepping up and down the staff between tonic and dominant
  • Intervals: beginners: So\Mi, beginning Orff interval
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, eighth; rest: quarter; introoducing beamed eighth notes, adding eighth notes to quarter and quarter rest, beginning five finger keyboard exercise
  • Key Words: world geography: France; river, singing, flows, nature
  • Keyboard: beginners: excellent five finger keyboard exercise

Extend the experience by mastering “Finding Do-Mi-So” Pitch Warm-up in G Major, prior to reading “The Happy River.”

“The Happy River” 

Hear the happy river,
Singing, singing,
Hear the happy river,
Singing as it flows.

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