John the Rabbit


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John the Rabbit 
and Other Folk Songs, Singing Games, and Play Parties Vol. 3 
By Jill Trinka  
Book and CD 
41 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 The Hobo's Lullaby (by Goebel Reeves). 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

Charlie's Neat 
Cumberland Gap
Down Came a Lady 
Gwan Roun' Rabbit
Green Coffee Grows on the White Oak Trees
Hinx Minx
The Hobo's Lullaby
I Want to Be a Farmer
I'se the B'y
I've Been to Haarlem
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
John the Rabbit
The Keeper
Lady Lady
The North Wind Doth Blow
Paper of Pins
Paw-Paw Patch
Push the Business On
The Riddle Song
Scrapin' Up Sand in the Bottom of the Sea
Simple Gifts
There Was a Man and He Was Mad 
Thomas A Tattamus 
Who Killed the Robin
Who's That?

Notes on Songs

Metric Index
Rhythmic Motives and Phrases Index
Melodic Content Index
Melodic Motives and Phrases Index
Alphabetical Index    


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Great songs are in this book.
Kari L on May 10, 2013
Great songs are in this book.
Kari L on May 10, 2013
Are the accompaniments included in the book? If not, where are they available?
Amy A on May 29, 2013
BEST ANSWER: The accompaniments are not notated. You can hear accompaniments played on the guitar, dulcimer, autoharp or banjo on the CD.

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