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Folk Songs of Rural America with Orff Accompaniments
By Shirley McRae
25 pages
Grades 3 - 6 

13 arrangements for Orff instruments, featuring songs from Appalachia, cowboys, rural America and St Helena. Includes performance suggestions, concept goals and suggested grade levels, as well as several games and dances. Students are given a wide variety of performance opportunities - improvisation, body percussion, folk instruments and traditional instrumentarium - to develop musicianship. Other instruments scored include flute, dulcimer, guitar and soprano recorder.   

Instruments used: soprano and alto glockenspiel; soprano, alto and bass xylophone; soprano, alto and bass metallophone; dulcimer; guitar; flute; soprano recorder; bongos; conga; hand drum; slit drum; woodblock; temple blocks; claves; cabasa; guiro; maracas; cowbell; triangle; finger cymbals; sleigh bells; tambourine; wind chimes.   


  • Kemo Kimo (with optional dance)
  • Granny Will Your Dog Bite
  • Ev'ry Night When the Sun Goes In
  • Shoemaker's Song
  • Ground Hog (partner game)
  • Goodbye Old Paint (vocal descant)
  • Buckeye Jim (optional dance)
  • Hush Little Baby
  • On a Long Summer Day
  • Who's Got a Fish Pole
  • Don't Let the Wind Blow
  • When I Go A-Ridin'
  • Cotton Eye Joe (dance)


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Great songs my mentor uses all the time. I have had several teachers tell me it is a vital piece to have in my library of materials. There are a variety of songs for recorder and Orff instruments.
Shannon T on Aug 19, 2011

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