Little Black Bull


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The Little Black Bull 
and other Folk Songs, Singing Games, & Play Parties Vol. 4  
By Jill Trinka 
Book and CD 
119 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 Up, Down, which is a folk rhyme set to a melodyby Grace Nash. 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 (in stick notation), formation and actions (when appropriate), abstract, reading pieces, and pedagogic use. This volume has more pedagogy included than the other three volumes in the series - My Little Rooster (816937), Bought Me a Cat (816938) , and John the Rabbit (816939). 


  • 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

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

The Songs 
Notes on the Songs 

The Songs
Black Snake
Buffalo Gals
By'm Bye
Charlie Over the Ocean
Devil's Questions, The  
Goin' Down to Cairo
Great Big House
Here Sits a Monkey
Hop Along, Peter
How Old Are You?  
I Wonder Where Maria's Gone (Maria's Gone)
It Rained a Mist
Little Black Bull, The (Hoosen Johnny)  
Mr. Rabbit
Naughty Kitty Cat
Nobody's Business
Old Brass Wagon
Over in the Meadow
Pizza, Pizza
Shady Grove
Sourwood Mountain
Suliram (includes a rough translation)
Teddy Bear 
Three Jolly Rogues of Lynne
Up, Down
We Like Spinach
When I First Came to This Land

Notes on the Songs 


Musical Indices 
Extra-Musical Indices 


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Ashley P on Jun 13, 2014
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Ashley P on Jun 13, 2014
Beautiful folk songs and fun games for the general elementary classroom.
Kathryn O B on Jan 21, 2012
Beautiful folk songs and fun games for the general elementary classroom.
Kathryn O B on Jan 21, 2012

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