A Pumpkin

This simple, funny song is great for:

  • Singing for Thanksgiving.
  • Teaching the rhythmic element "too-oo-oo" (dotted minim / dotted half note).
  • Teaching the major scale - the song ends: "d' - t - l - s - f - m - r - d".
  • Word improvisation: have children choose other foods and what they could be made into, e.g. a "turkey" could be made into a "pie" or a "roast", "cranberries" could be made into "sauce", "peanuts" could be made into "butter"!
  • This song works well with modal transformation - particularly singing it in minor.
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Kodály Analysis:

A Pumpkin Theme: Thanksgiving Games: Word Improvisation
Partner: Form: Strophic Song Type:
Scale: Major CSP: C Age: Early Childhood - Lower Secondary
Tones: d finalis r m f s l ti d high Rhythm: ; ; ;  
Melodic: d m d ; r f r ; m s l ; s l ti d high ; d high ti l s f m r d finalis
Prep: Major,
MC: Major,
Prac: Major,


Origin: Traditional Lyrics: Virginia Baker Melody: Scottish Folk Song
Source: https://www.bethsnotesplus.com

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