What'll I Do With The Baby-o?

This Southern Appalachian Folk Song is wonderful for:

  • Teaching the rhythmic element 'tika-ti'.
  • Teaching the melodic element 'high do'.
  • Teaching the rhythmic element 'tie' (using the last line of the song).
  • Teaching extended 'do pentatonic scale' (drmsld') - this song ends with the descending do pentatonic scale.

There are many different versions of the verses! You can Google to find your favourites!

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Kodály Analysis:

What'll I Do With The Baby-o? Theme: American Games:
Partner: Form: Verse & Chorus Song Type:
Scale: do Pentatonic CSP: C - D Age: Upper Primary - Lower Secondary
Tones: d finalis r m s l d high Rhythm: ; ; ;  
Melodic: d m ; r m ; d r d ; m s m ; d m s l ; s d high ; d high l s m r d finalis
Prep: do Pentatonic, ; , d high
MC: do Pentatonic, ; , d high
Prac: do Pentatonic, ; , d high


Origin: Southern Appalachian Folk Song

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