Hey Betty Martin (Mixed Metre)

This action song is fantastic for:

  • Getting active!
  • Improvising new words and actions (in the middle section)!
  • Practising soft singing! (Sing the tip-toe first section quietly!!)
  • Teaching mixed metre
  • Teaching the melodic element 'low ti' using the end of the first section of the song.
  • Preparing and practising ternary form.
  • Learning names (substitute students names for 'Betty Martin').

N.B. The traditional version has been adapted to reflect the natural rhythms of 'skipping' which occur in compound metre.

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Kodály Analysis:

Hey Betty Martin (Mixed Metre) Theme: Exercise Games: Action ; Word Improvisation ; Learning Names
Partner: Form: Ternary Song Type:
Scale: Hexachord CSP: A - C Age: Early Childhood - Lower Secondary
Tones: s low l low ti low d finalis r m Rhythm: ; ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: m r d l low s low ; s low l low d ; d s low ; s low m ; m d r ; l low ti low d finalis ; ti low l low s low ; s low d r m ; r ti low s low ; l low m ; m d ; s low ti low ; m l low ; r s low
Prep: Ternary, ti low
MC: ti low
Prac: Ternary, ti low


Origin: Traditional, adapted by M. McLatchey

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Hey Betty Martin Have fun improvising new words and actions with this great action song!

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