Term 2- Lesson 5, Singing: Sol-fa



Bye, Baby Bunting

Learn the Song, Rhythm Practice


Prep And Materials:

– “Bye Baby Bunting”, 150 American Folk Songs (p. 4, #7)  La, Sol, Mi – Comfortable Starting Pitch: A

– Drums or Rhythm Sticks or Wooden spoons

  1. Read: Lesson ahead of time (if needed)
  2. Preview: Videos (if needed so you get the feel for where the lesson is going, but they are written so you can use them with your children)
  3. Intermediate/Advanced Print: Bye, Baby Bunting Notation (New)
  4. Intermediate/Advanced Print: Updated Rhythm Document (same as week 1) Have on hand if needed.


Part One: Learning the song

Watch and Echo with my son. Please feel free to pause the video or rewatch until you have the song learned. Use your copy of 150 American Folk songs if needed.​


Part Two: Tapping the Rhythm with Rhythm Syllables

Watch and Echo!

Once you have done this portion, feel free to end here if you only have young Form 1 (1st and maybe 2nd grade) students. If this is all your little ones can do, continue to  play with the song and try to tap the rhythm. Sing it and explore the beat with Drums, rhythm sticks (wooden spoons), Shakers, and Dancing.  Get the feel of the beat into your children.


If this portion is simple for your children because you have done a lot of music in your family, then you can use Part Three as well (below) to complete your 10-15 Minute weekly Sol-fa Lesson.  


Part Three:  Basic Rhythm Reading – Extension for Intermediate and Advanced Children ( all Older students need to learn how to use this NEW rhythmic notation for future lessons)

USE Bye, Baby Bunting Notation that you printed from above.  We will  explore  a Tonic Sol-fa Notation that can help the children see how sight reading works in a simple way. Don’t expect perfection!  Just do your best together. Have them follow the music with their finger if needed. Older students might this this is too easy, but it’s a new notation that can help them see the mathematical principles of rhythm, so please have them stick with it!