Oh When The Saints

This song is often played by jazz bands - a great song to learn as an introduction to studying jazz!

This song is great for:

  • Having students improvise 'jazz fills' on long notes.
  • Preparing and practising the melodic element 'fa'.
  • Practising longer rhythms, minim, dotted minim and semibreve. (Half note, dotted half note and whole notes.)
  • Teaching the rhythmic element too-oo-oo (dotted minim/ dotted half note).
  • With a range of a Perfect 5th, the limited range makes this a useful song for singing with less confident singers.
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Kodály Analysis:

Oh When The Saints Theme: Spiritual Games:
Partner: This Train Is Bound For Glory Form: Song Type:
Scale: Pentachord CSP: C - F Age: Middle Primary - Middle Secondary
Tones: d finalis r m f s Rhythm: ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: d m f s ; s d ; s m d ; d m r ; m r d ; d m s ; s f ; d r d finalis
Prep: , f
Prac: ; ; , f


Origin: American Gospel Hymn
Source: My Mini Music Books by David Hooper

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