Doctor Foster (4-4)

This catchy folk song is great for:

  • Teaching 4/4 metre (particularly when marching as per the suggested actions).
  • Teaching the rhythmic element 'too-oo-oo-oo' (semibreve / whole note).
  • Teaching the melodic element 'high do'.
  • Practising octave leaps.
  • Comparing and contrasting with 'Doctor Foster' in 6/8 metre.
  • Practising intonation of the descending do pentatonic scale!
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Kodály Analysis:

Doctor Foster (4-4) Theme: Weather Games: Action
Partner: Form: Binary Song Type:
Scale: do Pentatonic CSP: G Age: Early Childhood - Middle Primary
Tones: d finalis r m s l d high Rhythm: ; ; ;  
Melodic: s m ; s l s ; d d high ; d high l s m r d finalis
Prep: do Pentatonic, , d high
MC: do Pentatonic, , d high
Prac: do Pentatonic, , d high


Origin: Folk Song

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Doctor Foster (6-8) A 6-8 version of the fun folk song 'Doctor Foster'.

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