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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)

“Little Bo Peep”
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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