Curly Locks (Version 1)

While this is a nursery rhyme, it can be used to teach several musical elements to older students.

This song is great for teaching:

  • Ternary form (ABA).
  • Grace note.
  • Secondary dominant chord (using the C# in the last bar of section 'B')
  • The rhythmic element 'ka-tim-ti' (semiquaver, dotted quaver, quaver / sixteenth note, dotted eighth note, eighth note).
  • The melodic element 'fi' (sharpened 'fa').
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Kodály Analysis:

Curly Locks (Version 1) Theme: Love Games:
Partner: Form: Ternary Song Type:
Scale: Major CSP: F - G Age: Early Childhood - Upper Secondary
Tones: s low l low ti low d finalis r m f fi s Rhythm: ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: d m d ; f r ti low s low ; s low d ; m l low ; l low r ; ti low l low ti low d finalis ; d r m f ; f m r ; m s ; s f m r ; r m fi m ; m fi s
Prep: , fi
MC: , fi
Prac: , fi


Origin: Published by G.E. Blake between 1810-1814
Source: Library of Congress

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Curly Locks (Version 2) This English Nursery Rhyme is in 6/8 metre.

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