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Happy River, The



Stepping up and down the staff from do to so and back.
A wonderful five finger keyboard exercise for left and right hands.


  • Grade: Kindergarten
  • Origin: France – Folk Song
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: ABAC
  • Rhythmbeginners: | ti ti ti ti | ta ta | ta (ta) |
  • Pitchesbeginners: do re mi fa so, stepping up and down the staff between tonic and dominant
  • Intervals:  beginners: so\mi, beginning Orff interval
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, eighth; rest: quarter; introducing beamed eighth notes, adding eighth notes to quarter and quarter rest, beginning five finger keyboard exercise
  • Key Words: world geography: France; river, singing, flows, nature
  • Keyboardbeginners: excellent five finger keyboard exercise

Extend the experience by mastering “Finding Do-Mi-So” Pitch Warm-up in G Major, prior to reading “The Happy River.”

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