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Practicing sixteenth divisions, extended pentatonic scale,
adding dance movements to known rhythms.

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Description
 
  • Grade: First

  • Origin: USA - Traditional

  • Key: F Major

  • Time: 2/4

  • Form: ABAC

  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ri ti ri ti ti | ti ti ti ti |
    | ti ti ta |

  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Do Re Mi So La - extended pentatonic scale

  • Intervals: intermediate: Do/Mi, Mi/So8, So\Do, Do\La, So/Do

  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, eighth, sixteenth; repeated melodic rhythm patterns, stepping down from the submediant to the tonic (La-Do), adding dance movements to music

  • Key Words: USA history, play-ground song, play song, chicken, fence post, dance, choose, partner, chew, gum, shoestring, broke, mule, while; contraction: shoestring's (shoestring is)

 
 

"Can't Dance Josey"


       
 
1.
Chicken on the fence post, can't dance Josey,
Chicken on the fence post, can't dance Josey,
Chicken on the fence post, can't dance Josey,
Hello Susan Browny-o!
 
       
 
2.
Choose your partner and come dance Josey,
Choose your partner and come dance Josey,
Choose your partner and come dance Josey,
Hello Susan Browny-o!
 
       
  3. Chew my gum while I dance Josey,
Chew my gum while I dance Josey,
Chew my gum while I dance Josey,
Hello Susan Browny-o!
 
       
  4. Shoestring's broke and I can't dance Josey,
Shoestring's broke and I can't dance Josey,
Shoestring's broke and I can't dance Josey,
Hello Susan Browny-o!
 
       
  5. Hold my mule while I dance Josey,
Hold my mule while I dance Josey,
Hold my mule while I dance Josey,
Hello Susan Browny-o!
 
       
 
Dance Instructions:
 
   

Form a double circle with partners facing each other.

  • Measure 1: step to the right in front of a new partner
  • Measure 2: clap hands twice (2 eighths), and clap partners hands twice (2 eighths)
  • Measure 3-4: repeat measures 1-2
  • Measure 5-6: repeat measures 1-2
  • Measure 7: step to the right in front of a new partner
  • Measure 8: pat knees twice (2 eighths), clap hands twice (2 eighths) and clap partners hands three times (2 eighths-1 quarter)
 
       


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