Mal Mal

This Traditional New Guinean song is wonderful for:

  • Singing with boys! With its limited range of 3 notes, even boys whose voices are breaking can often be cajoled into singing this one!
  • Teaching 'do', 're' and 'mi' to older beginngers.
  • Teaching melisma (slur).
  • Teaching the rhythmic element 'too' to older beginners.
  • Practising beat in the context of a game.
  • Fun!!
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Kodály Analysis:

Mal Mal Theme: Multicultural Games: Circle
Partner: Form: Strophic Song Type:
Scale: Tritonic CSP: F - A Age: Upper Primary - Lower Secondary
Tones: d finalis r m Rhythm: ; ;  
Melodic: d r m ; m d r ; m d finalis ; d m


Origin: New Guinea
Source: Middle Years Music Education: Music for the Heart, Body, Spirit and Mind DVD

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