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"The Singing School," Lyrics, Text Format

Three part round which steps up and down the staff,
with an extended range, using the C Major scale.



  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA – Traditional Round
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABC
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta ti ti ta ti ti | syncopation,
    | ta ta ta ti ti | ta/a/a ti ti | ta ta ta ta | ta/a/a (ta) |
    | ta/a ta/a | ta/a/a/a | ta ta ta/a | ti ti ti ti ta ti ti | syncopation, | ti ti ti ti ta ta |
  • Pitches: intermediate: Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do Re Mi – extended range
  • Intervals: intermediate: So/Do8 (P4), Do/So (P5), Ti\So (M3), Ti/Re8 (m3), Do/Mi/So ascending tonic arpeggio (I, C), So\Mi (m3), Fa/La (M3), So\Do (P5), Do/Fa (P4), Re8\So (P5), La/Do8 (m3), Do8\So (P4), Re8\Ti (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: whole, dotted half, half, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, three part round, singing in three parts, syncopation, tonic arpeggio, three (3) double barlines, stepping up and down the C Major scale, harmony, vocal blending
  • Key Words: USA history: Singing Schools; three part round, C major scale, scale pitches, stepping up and down the scale, pitch letter names (A,B,C), voices, ringing, accent, loud, clear, prolong, common time, double time, triple measures; contraction: ’tis (it is)
  • Recorder: intermediate: mastering the C Major scale, playing in parts, ensemble for three parts

“The Singing School” 

I will sing you a song of the old Singing School
And the sounds you there may hear;
Of the do, re, mi and the A, B, C,
And the voices ringing clear.
Sing the song with accent strong,
Loud and clear the tone prolong.
Do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do;
‘Tis the scale of C, you know.
Common, double, triple measures too,
Are among the many things we do.
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