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"The Cuckoo"


"The Cuckoo"
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"The Cuckoo" Text Format

Introducing the dotted quarter note, flagged and beamed eighths.

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  • Grade: Kindergarten

  • Origin: German Folk Song

  • Key: F Major

  • Time: 2/4

  • Form: ABab - question/answer

  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ti ti ti | ta/a (ti) |
    | ti ti (ti) ti |

  • Pitches: intermediate: Do Re Mi Fa So La

  • Intervals: intermediate: So\Mi, Fa/La, Mi\Do

  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, eighth; rests: quarter, eighth, question/answer

  • Key Words: world geography: Germany; bird song, cuckoo, tree, right/wrong, German Cuckoo clocks


"The Cuckoo"

Cuckoo! Cuckoo!
Don't try and hide from me;
Cuckoo! Cuckoo!
I see you in the tree.

Cuckoo! Cuckoo!
It's such an easy song;
Cuckoo! Cuckoo!
It's hard to get it wrong.



Additional Formats

"The Cuckoo" Text Format
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Click to enlarge: "The Cuckoo" Beats Format
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Click to Enlarge: "The Cuckoo" Rhythm Format
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pitch numbers
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Click to Enlarge: "The Cuckoo" Solfeggio Format
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letter names
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