Kum Ba Yah

This traditional song can be used to:

  • teach the melodic element 'fa'
  • prepare and practise the rhythmic element 'tim-ka'
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Kodály Analysis:

Kum Ba Yah Theme: Spiritual Games:
Partner: Form: Binary Song Type:
Scale: Hexachord CSP: C - E Age: Upper Primary - Lower Secondary
Tones: d finalis r m f s l Rhythm: ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: d m s ; s l s ; s f m r d ; s f m d ; d r d finalis
Prep: , f
MC: f
Prac: , f


Origin: African Spiritual
Source: Discovering Music Together 8; Follett Publishing Company

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