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Sing a Song of Sixpence



Dotted sixteenth note, syncopation, tonic arpeggio and octave skip. This very old rhyme will require your very best readers!

  • Grade: Kindergarten
  • Origin: England – 18th-century Nursery Rhyme
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABAC
  • Rhythmadvanced: | ti ri ti ti ti ti ti ta | ti ti ti ti ti ta/ | ta ti ti ta/a | ti ti ti ti ta ta | ti ri ti ti ti ti ti ti | ti ti ti ti ta/a |
    | ri ti/ ti ti ti ti ti ti| syncopation
  • Pitchesadvanced: ti do re mi fa so la ti do – extended range
  • Intervalsadvanced: so\mi\do descending tonic arpeggio, do/do ascending tonic octave skip, ti\re, re\ti, ti/la, so\do, mi\do
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, quarter, eighth, dotted sixteenthsixteenth; ascending tonic octave, running eighth notes, tonic arpeggio, extended vocal range
  • Key Words: world geography: England; nonsense rhyme, four, twenty, blackbirds, pie, dainty dish, king, counting house, money, queen, parlor (parlour – French), maid

Sixpence: known colloquially as the tanner, or half-shilling, a British pre-decimal coin, worth six pence, or 1/40th of a pound sterling.

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