Dotted sixteenth note, syncopation, tonic arpeggio and octave skip.
This very old rhyme will require your very best readers!
- Grade: Kindergarten
- Origin: England – 18th-century Nursery Rhyme
- Key: C Major
- Time: 4/4
- Form: ABAC
- Rhythm: advanced: | ti ri ti ti ti ti ti ta |
| ti ti ti ti ti ta/ | ta ti ti ta/a | ti ti ti ti ta ta |
| ti ri ti ti ti ti ti ti | syncopation, | ti ti ti ti ta/a |
| ri ti/ ti ti ti ti ti ti | syncopation
- Pitches: advanced: Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do
- Intervals: advanced: So\Mi\Do descending tonic arpeggio, Do/Do ascending tonic octave skip, Ti\Re, Re\Ti, Ti/La, So\Do, Mi\Do
- Musical Elements: notes: half, quarter, eighth, dotted sixteenth, sixteenth; ascending tonic octave, running eighth notes, tonic arpeggio, extended vocal range
- Key Words: world geography: England; nonsense rhyme, four, twenty, blackbirds, pie, dainty dish, king, counting house, money, queen, parlor (parlour – French), maid
Sixpence: known colloquially as the tanner, or half-shilling, a British pre-decimal coin, worth six pence, or 1/40th of a pound sterling.
1.Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds,
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing;
Was not that a dainty dish,
To set before the king?
The king was in the counting house,
Counting out his money;
The queen was in the parlour,
Eating bread and honey.
4.The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes;
A long came a blackbird
And snapped off her nose.