Octaves are easy to see and hear in "Sweetly Sings the Donkey."
       



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This lesson teaches what octaves are, and how to recognize them in the music.

  • INTRODUCE OR REVIEW "OCTAVE" 
  • Teach the song:
    • beats
    • rhythm
    • solfeggio (as a round)
    • pitch numbers (as a round)
    • text (as a round)
  • FINDING OCTAVES:
    • Who can remind us what OCT stand for?  (wait for 8)
    • Who can remind us the rule about starting and stopping pitches for octaves? (same pitch)
    • Look at the repeated pitches on the second staff.  Is this an octave?  Why? Why not?
    • Are there any octaves on staves one or two?
    • Which staff has the most octaves?  Where are they?  Let's count the steps skipping up an octave, then skipping down the octave.
    • How many octave skips are on the third staff?  How many skipping up? Down?
  • YOU CAN HEAR OCTAVES:
    • "I'll play some examples of octave skips, and some examples that do not have eight steps.  Raise you hand when you hear the octave, keep your hand down if the skip isn't an octave."  Since octaves sound the same as the beginning pitch, just higher or lower, they are easy to remember, or hear.
    • While singing the song, raise your hand when you sing an octave skipping up, and put your hand down when you sing an octave skipping down.

How is the donkey sound represented in the music?  (by an octave)

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