Once On A Bough A Cuckoo Sat

This unusual little song is great for:

  • Teaching 5/4 metre.
  • Conducting in 5/4 metre.
  • Counting rests (without rushing them) before coming in on the next verse.
  • Practising the rhythmic element ti-tika (quaver, semiquavers / eighth note, sixteenth notes) in an irregular time signature.
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Kodály Analysis:

Once On A Bough A Cuckoo Sat Theme: Animals Games:
Partner: Form: Ternary Song Type:
Scale: Major CSP: C - D Age: Middle Secondary - Upper Secondary
Tones: s low ti low d finalis r m f s Rhythm: ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: s m d ; d m s ; s f r d finalis ; r ti low s low ; s low s


Origin: Public Domain
Source: Seventy Simple Songs With Ostinati

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