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Bought Me A Cat



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Bought Me a Cat
and Other Folk Songs, Singing Games, and Play Parties Vol. 2
By Jill Trinka
Book and CD
30 pages
Grades K - 6

A collection of folk music, games, and activities to develop rhythmic, melodic, vocal, motor, social, and improvisational skills. All songs are traditional, with the exception of Dillan Bay (by Gordon Bok). Includes information on the notation of the songs and suggested grade levels.

The notations in this volume are transcriptions of the songs as Jill originally sang them and attempt to show more clearly the phrasing and style used. The notations show the rhythmic anticipations, hesitations, and "vocal gestures" (slides, scoops, etc.) used by the singer. Each song gives the origin, lyrics and melody line (all are in stick notation), and formation and actions (when appropriate).

The included CD features Jill singing, sometimes with accompaniment on dulcimer, autoharp, guitar, or banjo.  


  • Song transcriptions
  • Directions for all games and play parties
  • Both simple and more advanced directions
  • Song history and comparative source information
  • Suggestions for use in music curricula
  • Music reading examples based on the folk songs
  • Complete indices of subject matter, instrumentation, song type-grade level, meter and time signatures, tone set, melodic elements and patterns, and rhythmic elements and patterns

Explanation of Notation
Song Types and Instrumentations

Bought Me a Cat
Cedar Swamp
The Cherry Tree Carol
Chickama Craney Crow
Come Back Home, My Little Chicks
The Cuckoo
Dillan Bay
Do, Do Pity My Case
Draw Me a Bucket of Water
Frog Went A-Courtin'
Green, Green the Crab Apple Tree
Jolly is the Miller
The Juniper Tree
Kitty, Kitty Casket
The Old Sow
Page's Train
Pretty Polly
Walk Along, John
Weevily Wheat
The Wind and Rain

Metric Index
Rhythmic Motivic Index,
Melodic Content Index
Melodic Motivic Contour Index   


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West Music Store
Great Songs and perfect modeling cd.
Kari L on May 10, 2013
Great resource!
Lisa T on Nov 5, 2011

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