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Farmer in the Dell, The



Feeling duple meter in 6/8 while practicing intervals of the tonic triad.

  • Grade: First
  • Origin: German Singing Game
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: AABA
  • Rhythmintermediate: | ta ti ta ti | ta/_a ti | ta/_a (ti) | ta/ ta ti | 
  • Pitchesbeginners: so do re mi so la
  • Intervalsbeginners: so/do, mi/so, so\mi, mi\do
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rests: eighth; pickup beat, tied notes
  • Key Words: farming, Germany, singing game, animals: cow, dog, cat, rat; cheese, wife, nurse, del

Game Instructions: Nine children join hands and dance around the farmer, who stands in the center of the circle as they sing. At the end of the first verse, the farmer chooses his wife, who joins him inside the circle. At the end of the next verse, the wife takes a child, another child is chosen to stand in the middle until the last verse when everyone is in the circle except the cheese, who stands alone.

If you have more than 10 children, you will have more than one Cheese at the end. The teacher can randomly pick someone to be the Farmer in the next round.

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