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Above the Plain




Contrasting straight and dotted syncopation, expanding the vocal range while singing a four part round in two parts, and practicing the intervals of the tonic chord/arpeggio in voice and on xylophones.

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  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: Czech Republic – Folk Song
  • Key: E flat Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: rhythm: AABB – phrases/song: AB
  • Rhythmbeginners: | ta ta ta/ ti | dotted syncopation, | ti ti ti ti ti ti ta | straight syncopation
  • Pitches: intermediate: So Do Re Mi Fa So Do – extended vocal range
  • Intervalsintermediate: So/Do, Mi\Do, So8/Do8\So8, Mi/So\Mi, Do\So, Mi/Do8, Mi/So8, So8\Mi- all intervals of the tonic chord/arpeggio, E flat Major (Bb-Eb-G-Bb-Eb), or I (one)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, four part round in two parts, singing in parts, reading two parts, verse/refrain, recognizing the intervals associated with the I chord
  • Key Words: world geography: Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia – now the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic), plain, gold, green, young, plainly, swiftly, flowing, river, lifted, head, spires, instead, pleasure, grand, castle, deep, shade
  • Xylophonesintermediate: Letter Names Format is presented in G Major; practicing tonic chord intervals

The orginal melody, taught in the 4th grade: “Ifca’s Castle” is divided between the two parts.

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