Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning

This beautiful African American Spiritual is great for:

  • A choir piece - beautiful in unison, singing range is a 10th.
  • Preparing and practising the melodic element 'si'.
  • Teaching the rhythmic element 'tim-ka' (with the last line of the song).
  • Working with the rhythmic element 'ties'.
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Kodály Analysis:

Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning Theme: Spiritual Games:
Partner: Form: Verse & Chorus Song Type:
Scale: CSP: F - A Age: Upper Primary - Middle Secondary
Tones: m low s low si low l low finalis d r m s Rhythm: ; ; ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: d l low s low l low ; l low d ; d l low si low ; si low m low si low l low ; d r m ; m r d l low finalis ; l low d m s ; s m
Prep: , si low
Prac: ; , si low


Origin: African American Spiritual Arr. M. McLatchey
Source: Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal

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