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What are Little Boys/Girls Made Of?



Descending tonic arpeggio, counting beats in 6/8 time, and a minor seventh (so/fa).

  • Grade: Kindergarten
  • Origin: England, 19th-century Nursery Rhyme*
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: AABC
  • Rhythmadvanced: | ta ti ti ti ti | ta/ ta/ | ta ti ta ti | ti ti ti ti ti ti |
  • Pitchesadvanced: so la ti do re mi fa
  • Intervalsadvanced: mi\do\so descending tonic arpeggio, so/fa (m7), ti\so, ti/re
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; vocal slur; 6/8 time: eighth note receives one beat, divisions of a dotted quarter note: three eights (3 ti’s), feeling duple meter (2) in 6/8
  • Key Words: boys, girls, frogs, snails, puppy-dog’s tails, sugar, spice, nice

* From a larger work, “What Folks Are Made Of” or “What All the World is Made Of.”

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