Mary Wore A Red Dress

'Mary Wore A Red Dress' is a simple song that is fantastic for:

  • Teaching 2/4 (simple duple) metre.
  • Teaching the melodic element 'fa'.
  • Teaching the rhythmic element 'too' (minim / half note).
  • Improvising new words (e.g. 'Mary wore a red hat', 'Harry wore brown boots').
  • Learning students' names by substituting names for 'Mary').
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Kodály Analysis:

Mary Wore A Red Dress Theme: Colours Games: Word Improvisation ; Learning Names
Partner: Form: Binary Song Type:
Scale: Pentachord CSP: C - F Age: Early Childhood - Middle Primary
Tones: d finalis r m f s Rhythm: ; ;  
Melodic: d r m f s ; s f m ; m d ; f r d finalis
Prep: , f
MC: , f
Prac: , f


Source: My Mini Music Books by David Hooper

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