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"Ring Around the Rosy" lyrics, Text Format
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Syncopation in 6/8 meter while adding the submediant
(six, La) to the beginning Orff interval, So\Mi.



  • Grade: Kindergarten
  • Origin: England – Nursery Rhyme, Children’s Playground Song*
  • Key: C Major 
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: AaBC
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ti ta ti | syncopation,
    | ta/ ta ti | syncopation, | ta/ ta/ |
  • Pitches: beginners: Do Mi So La
  • Intervals: beginners: So\Mi, Mi/La, Mi\Do
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rests: eighth, dotted quarter; 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 georaphy: England; playground game song, posies, ashes, fall, down, pocketful, mother, jump, up, upstairs, downstairs, pail water, sea, water, cows, meadow, buttercups, fishes, one, two, three

* While holding hands, children walk in a circle singing the song, until the last word (down) when they all fall to the floor. The last child to fall is out of the game and the game continues.

“Ring Around the Rosy”

Ring around the rosy,
A pocket full of posies.
Ashes, ashes,
All fall down!

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