The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy

This traditional West Indian Carol has lots of very catchy syncopation and is enjoyable to sing.

It is great for:

  • Teaching the rhythmic element 'tre-o-la' - crotchet (quarter note) triplets.
  • Preparing and practising the melodic element 'ta' (flattened 'ti').
  • Teaching melodic sequence (see bars 1-2 then up a 4th in bars 3 and 4).
  • Finding and singing a falling octave interval ('so' to 'low so').
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Kodály Analysis:

The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy Theme: Christmas Games:
Partner: Form: Verse & Chorus Song Type:
Scale: Major CSP: A - B Age: Upper Primary - Middle Secondary
Tones: s low l low ti low d finalis r m f s l ta Rhythm: ; ; ;  
Melodic: s low d ; r d ti low ; ti low r ; r s low ; s low f ; s f m ; m s ; s d ; d m s ta ; ta l ; ta s l ; l f ; s m d ; d s low ; s low l low ti low d r m ; m r d ; d r d finalis ; d l ; l s f m ; s s low
Prep: , ta
Prac: , ta


Origin: Traditional West Indian Carol

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