Introducing the dotted quarter note, syncopation in 6/8, using all the pitches of the major scale, counting eighth notes, and uncommon intervals, a challenge for intermediate readers.
- Grade: Kindergarten
- Origin: England – Old Nursery Rhyme
- Key: C Major
- Time: 6/8
- Form: ABCD
- Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ti ti ta ti | syncopation,
| ta/ ta/ | ta ti ta/ | syncopation, | ta/ ta (ti) |
| ta ti ta ti | syncopation
- Pitches: intermediate: Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do, all the pitches of the major scale
- Intervals: intermediate: So/Do, Do8\Mi, Mi/Ti, So\Re, So\Mi, Mi/La
- Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: eighth; uncommon intervals, vocal slur, 6/8 time: eighth note receives one beat, divisions of a dotted quarter note: three eights (3 ti’s), feeling duple meter (2) in 6/8: where three eights would be a triplet if the beat is represented by a dotted quarter
- Key Words: world geography: England; sheep. nursery rhymes, wagging, dreamt, bleating, fleeting, crook, determined, they’d, stray, meadow, espied, hillocks, shepherdess, sheep farming, bleeding heart, joke; contraction: they’ll (they will); abbreviation: ’em (them)
|1.||Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep,
And doesn’t know where to find them;
Leave them alone, And they’ll come home,
Wagging their tails behind them.
|Little Bo-Peep fell fast asleep,
And dreamt she heard them bleating;
But when she awoke, she found it a joke,
For still they all were fleeting.
|Then up she took her little crook,
Determined for to find them;
She found them indeed, but it made her heart bleed,
For they’d left all their tails behind ’em!
|It happened one day, as Bo-peep did stray
Into a meadow hard by,
There she espied their tails, side by side,
All hung on a tree to dry.
|5.||She heaved a sigh and wiped her eye,
And over the hillocks she raced;
And tried what she could, as a shepherdess should,
That each tail should be properly placed.
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