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Kum Ba Yah



Introducing the dotted quarter/sixteenth rhythm and syncopation with a eighth/dotted quarter combination.

  • Grade: First
  • Origin: Traditional African Song – round/canon
  • Key: D Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: ABAC
  • Rhythmintermediate: | ti/ ri ta ti ti | ta/a ta | ta ta/ ti ti | ti ta ti ti | syncopation
  • Pitchesintermediate: do re mi fa so la (adding the 4th (fa) to the pentatonic scale)
  • Intervalsbeginners: do/mi, mi/so, so\do, mi\do (mastering tonic intervals)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, syncopation, singing in parts, round/canon
  • Key Words: “Kum Ba Yah” means “Come By Hear,” sacred, Lord, singing, civil rights song, non-violent protest song

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