Musical Alphabet

  • Use this canon to teach students to sing the musical alphabet (ABCDEFG) forwards and backwards!
  • Officially a 2 part canon, you can sing in 3 parts if you don't mind consecutive 5ths!
  • A great way to teach the natural minor scale!
  • The rhythmic element 'too' can also be taught with this song.

Teaching Suggestion: Keep 'A' as the starting note to reinforce the pitch of the letter names.

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Kodály Analysis:

Musical Alphabet Theme: Music Games:
Partner: Form: Binary Song Type: 2 Part Canon
Scale: Natural Minor CSP: A Age: Middle Primary - Lower Secondary
Tones: l low finalis ti low d r m f s l Rhythm: ; ;  
Melodic: l low ti low d r m f s l ; s f m r ; m r ; d l low ; d l ; l s f m r d ti low l low ; l low l ; f m r d ti low l low finalis
Prep: Natural Minor, , f ti low
MC: Natural Minor,
Prac: Natural Minor, , f ti low


Source: M. McLatchey

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