The Tinker and Cobbler

While this American College Song was originally a 'drinking song' that certainly isn't obvious! Rather, it can be an opportunity to talk about occupations from history that are not common or are even obsolete - at least in many places!

This fun song is great for:

  • Singing an 'interactive' song - where the class can be split into 4 groups to sing their own syllable in solo. (This makes it lots of fun - who can sing the loudest / clearest / sweetest/ most in time!)
  • Teaching ti-tika
  • Teaching anacrusis
  • Working with intervals in Major tonality including, Major and minor thirds, Perfect 5ths, Major 6ths and Perfect 4ths in different contexts (d'-s; r'-l; and r-s). Great for hearing, recognising, analysing and tuning intervals (intonation).
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Kodály Analysis:

The Tinker and Cobbler Theme: Occupations Games:
Partner: Form: Strophic Song Type:
Scale: Major CSP: F - G Age: Upper Primary - Middle Secondary
Tones: d finalis r m f s l ti d high r high Rhythm: ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: s d high ; d high ti l s f m r ; r m f s ; s m d finalis ; d s ; d high s l ; l f ; f r high ; r high l ti ; ti m ; m f r ; r s
Prac: Major,


Origin: American College Song
Source: A Collection of American College Songs, 1860

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