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Introducing syncopation with beginner level pitches and
intervals. What rhythm changes are needed to
match the syllables of the third verse?

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Description
 
  • Grade: Third

  • Origin: USA - African American Spiritual cir. 1862

  • Key: C Major

  • Time: 4/4

  • Form: rhythm: ABAC - pitches: ABCD - song: AB

  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta/ ti ti ta/ | syncopation,
    | ta/a ta ta | ta/a/a/a | ta/a/a ta |

  • Pitches: beginners: Do Re Mi Fa So La

  • Intervals: beginners: Do/Mi/So ascending tonic arpeggio, So\Mi

  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beats, syncopation, arpeggio, ending a phrase on the dominate (So), changing rhythm to match verse syllables

  • Key Words: sacred, USA geography, St. Helena Island, Sea Islands of South Carolina, slave songs, African American history, Archangel Michael, sacred, work song, sea chanty, spiritual, ashore, trim the sails, River Jordan, chilly, body, soul

 
 


"Michael Row the Boat Ashore"

           
    1. Michael row the boat ashore,
Hallelujah!
Michael row the boat ashore,
Hallelujah!
   
   
2.
Sister help to trim the sails,
Hallelujah!
Sister help to trim the sails,
Hallelujah!
   
    3. The river Jordan is chilly and cold,
Hallelujah!
Chills the body but not the soul,
Hallelujah!
   
           

 

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