The Jolly Snowman

This song is the story of a cold snowman who decided he wanted to come inside to get warm.

It's great for:

  • Enjoying a story through song.
  • Singing a descending Major scale.
  • Teaching the rhythmic element 'too' (minim / half note).
  • Teaching the melodic element 'fi' (sharpened fa).

The 'fi' can make this a tricky song for younger children to sing in tune, as can the descending scale and triad, but it is a great listening song for them and wonderful intonation practise for older primary/ lower secondary students.

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Kodály Analysis:

The Jolly Snowman Theme: Seasons Games:
Partner: Form: Song Type:
Scale: CSP: C Age: Early Childhood - Lower Secondary
Tones: d finalis r m f fi s l ti d high Rhythm: ; ; ;  
Melodic: d r m f s ; s d high ; d high l ; l s f ; f l s ; f m r f ; m r d m ; r m fi r ; r s ; s d ; d high ti l f m r d ; d s ; s m d finalis
Prep: , fi
MC: , fi
Prac: , fi


Origin: Canadian Folk Song
Source: Music For Fun - Music For Learning

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