This Old Man (Song)

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Class members get to play "Knick Knack" all over again as they echo clap the rhythm patterns of "This Old Man." They then use Kodaly Method stem notation to mark the rhythm and rhyming phrases on their copy of the lyrics.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Enlarge and post a copy of the Kodaly method stem notation rhythm chart
  • Provide class members with a copy of the lyrics of the song and project them as well
Classroom Considerations
  • The warm-up activity asks class members to echo clap the four note rhythm patterns using ta, ti-ti, and rest
  • The solfegge notes use So and Mi
  • Instructors will need to add "Beam" to "stems" of Ti-Ti to the chart
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  • The repetitive nature of the song permits class members to discover that the rhymes for phrases 1 and 2 are different for each verse while the phrases 3 and 4 are the same
  • The lyrics to "This Old Man" are not included in the resource