When Billy Was One

This clapping game is fun but takes a lot of concentration and some patience to learn! Great as a brain gym exercise!

The song is great for:

  • Having fun!
  • Teaching the melodic element 'ti'.
  • Teaching the rhythmic element 'tum ti' (dotted crotchet, quaver / dotted quarter note, eighth note).
  • Singing with boys whose voices are breaking and have a limited vocal range.
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Kodály Analysis:

When Billy Was One Theme: Games: Partner ; Clapping
Partner: Form: Song Type:
Scale: Tetrachord CSP: D - G Age: Upper Primary - Middle Secondary
Tones: s l ti d high finalis Rhythm: ; ; ;  
Melodic: d high l s ; s d high ; l ti d high finalis
Prep: Tetrachord, , ti
MC: Tetrachord, , ti
Prac: Tetrachord, , ti


Origin: Clapping Game from Thousand Oaks Primary School
Source: http://www.bethsnotesplus.com

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