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"The Farmer in the Dell"
       



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Reinforcing tonic intervals.

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Description
 
  • Grade: First

  • Origin: German Singing Game

  • Key: F Major

  • Time: 6/8

  • Form: AABA

  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ti ta ti | ta/_a ti |
    | ta/_a (ti) | ta/ ta ti |


  • Pitches: beginners: So Do Re Mi So La

  • Intervals: beginners: So/Do, Mi/So, So\Mi, Mi\Do

  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rests: eighth; pickup beat, tied notes

  • Key Words: farming, Germany, singing game, animals

Game Instructions: Nine children join hands and dance around the farmer, who stands in the center of the circle as they sing. At the end of the first verse, the farmer chooses his wife, who joins him inside the circle. At the end of the next verse, the wife takes a child, another child is chosen to stand in the middle until the last verse when everyone is in the circle except the cheese, who stands alone.

If you have more than 10 children, you will have more than one Cheese at the end. The teacher can randomly pick one to be the Farmer in the next round.


 
 


"The Farmer in the Dell"

       
   
1.
The farmer in the dell,
The farmer in the dell,
Hi-ho, the derry-o,
The farmer in the dell.
       
   
2.
The farmer takes a wife,
The farmer takes a wife,
Hi-ho, the derry-o,
The farmer takes a wife.
       
   
3.
The wife takes a child,
The wife takes a child,
Hi-ho, the derry-o,
The wife takes a child.
       
   
4.
The child takes a nurse,
The child takes a nurse,
Hi-ho, the derry-o,
The child takes a nurse.
       
    5. The nurse takes a cow,
The nurse takes a cow,
Hi-ho, the derry-o,
The nurse takes a cow.
       
    6. The cow takes a dog,
The cow takes a dog,
Hi-ho, the derry-o,
The cow takes a dog.
       
    7. The dog takes a cat,
The dog takes a cat,
Hi-ho, the derry-o,
The dog takes a cat.
       
    8. The cat takes a rat,
The cat takes a rat,
Hi-ho, the derry-o,
The cat takes a rat.
       
    9. The rat takes a cheese,
The rat takes a cheese,
Hi-ho, the derry-o,
The rat takes a cheese.
       
    10. The cheese stands alone,
The cheese stands alone,
Hi-ho, the derry-o,
The cheese stands alone.
       

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