Mary Had A Little Lamb

This traditional English nursery rhyme is useful for:

  • Singing in a tetratonic scale.
  • Teaching the rhythmic element 'too' (minim/ half note).
  • Practising the melodic element 're'.
  • As the words are repetitive, this is a great song to have students come up with new words!
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Kodály Analysis:

Mary Had A Little Lamb Theme: Nursery Rhymes Games:
Partner: Form: Binary Song Type:
Scale: Tetratonic CSP: E - A Age: Early Childhood - Lower Primary
Tones: d finalis r m s Rhythm: ; ;  
Melodic: m r d ; d r m ; m s ; s m ; m r d finalis
Prac: , r


Origin: English Nursery Rhyme
Source: My Mini Music Books by David Hooper

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