My Old Hen

  • This song is fantastic for teaching about modulation!
  • This song modulates from the minor to the tonic Major. I.e. the first half is in minor then for the second half "la = do".
  • The rhythm "ti tum" can also be taught with this song.
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Kodály Analysis:

My Old Hen Theme: Animals Games:
Partner: Form: Binary Song Type:
Scale: Natural Minor CSP: C - D Age: Lower Secondary - Upper Secondary
Tones: d finalis r m f s l finalis ti d high r high m high Rhythm: ; ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: m l d high ; d high ti l s ; s l d high ; d high r high m high ; m high ti ; l finalis ; l m ; s m f s ; s m r d finalis ; d s ; f l ; l s ; s r ; m d r d ; s m d


Source: 150 American Folk Songs to Sing Read and Play. Boosey and Hawkes.

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