Example Sol-fa Lessons

Family Lessons – TERM 1

Introductory Videos

Lesson 1 – Hot Cross Buns Rhythm 

Lesson 2 – Hot Cross Buns Pitch

Lesson 3 – The Boatman Rhythm

Lesson 4 – The Boatmans Pitch

Lesson 5 – Hop Old Squirrel Rhythm

Lesson 6 – Hop Old Squirrel Pitch

Lesson 7  – The Closet Key Rhythm

Lesson 8 – The Closet Key Pitch

Lesson 9 – Rhythm Review

Lesson 10 – Pitch Review

Lesson 11 – Preparing for Next Term

Term 1 Exam

Family Lessons –  Term 3

Lesson 1 from Ten Minutes’ Lessons in Sight Singing – an Original PNEU book!

Learning the Hand Sings:

Hymn Singing:

Example of a previosly written Summer Singing Lesson

Sight reading lessons are hard work.  Not all moms are musically trained and able to work on them on their own.  But please DO try to review all the solfege hands signs we have learned this year ( Do, Re, Mi, Sol, La, and high Do’) And sing any of the songs we learned this year and feel free to go back and do old singing lessons if your kids want to.

SING: Folksongs

What I suggest for you over the summer is lots of singing.  I have included quite a few fun folk songs to learn together over the summer. Just for fun. Please feel free to learn a new one each week of the summer!

The North Wind Doth Blow

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Little Tom Tucker

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Little Jack Horner

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If you have older kids, sing the folksongs above, but also learn “A Might Fortress is our God” adapted and harmonized by Bach, after Martin Luther wrote it. He wrote two Chorales using Luther’s tune.  I have included the sheet music and a recording of both, so you can sing it as a family! There are older and newer versions of the lyrics.  Feel free to just use the text you use in your church tradition. There isn’t text included on the actual sheet music provided. You can print the text I linked or look it up in your church hymnal.    

SING: 4 Part hymns

See if your advanced students can see any differences between the two harmonizations!!

Bach Chorale 302 ( Sheet Music for A Mighty Fortress #1)


Bach Chorale 303 ( Sheet Music for A Mighty Fortress #2)

A Mighty Fortress Hymn Lyrics


1. A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

2. Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right man on our side,
the man of God’s own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth, his name,
from age to age the same,
and he must win the battle.

3. And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God hath willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The Prince of Darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo, his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.

4. That word above all earthly powers,
no thanks to them, abideth;
the Spirit and the gifts are ours,
thru him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
the body they may kill;
God’s truth abideth still;
his kingdom is forever.