Teaching Intervals

March 14, 2004 at 07:23 PM · I've been trying to find popular childrens songs to help teach intervals. I found this from a theory website:

m2- Stormy Weather m2

M2- Happy Birthday M2

m3- The Impossible Dream m3

So Long, Farewell from The Sound of Music

M3- Halls of Montezuma M3

P4- Here comes the bride P4

A4- Maria from West Side Story A4

P5- Star Wars P5

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

M6- NBC theme music M6

m7- Somewhere from West Side Story m7

M7- Bali Hai from South Pacific M7

Octave- Over the rainbow Oct.

I'm looking for more songs that begin with the following intervals:

m2 - Jaws theme perhaps, but many kids haven't seen this movie.

m3 -


P4 -




m7 - Most kids don't know Somewhere from West Side story


Ocatave - most kids don't know Over the Rainbow

If you can help or give some ideas, let me know. Thanks.

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March 14, 2004 at 10:51 PM · I remember going over these when I was in year 11 doing music.

m2 - Jaws - Even if they haven't seen the movie, they'll know it when they hear it.

A4 - The Simpsons. First two notes form Augmented 4th (tritone)

m7 - heck, I'm a classical music student and I don't know somewhere from WEstside story.

I can't remember the rest of them, but I'll e-mail my old teacher he may be able to jog my memory.

March 15, 2004 at 02:52 AM · m2 - Jaws

M2 - Happy B/Day

m3 - Greensleaves

M3 - O When the Saints

P4 - Adv.Aust. Fair, Amazing Grace

TT - Simpsons

P5 - Last Post

m6 - Love Story theme

M6 - My Bonny

m7 - Theme from Star Trek (original TV series)

M7 - haven't got one but the next interval of Over the Rainbow goes to M7 (P8, m2 down = M7)

P8 - Over the Rainbow

March 15, 2004 at 06:53 AM · What a neat idea for teaching intervals!

BTW Bali Hai is an octave, unless you want to find the seventh from the first and third note.

March 15, 2004 at 04:47 PM · I'm so glad this post has come up, as I've been trying to fill in a few gaps in my list. The Simpsons and Love Story are inspired! I'd like to add:

M3 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

P4 Away in a Manger, Teddy Bears' Picnic

M6 US version of It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (fat lot of use this one is to me...)

P5 Scarborough Fair, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Chariots of Fire

The major 7th is a major pain in the butt; I'd be grateful for any more ideas on that one.

March 16, 2004 at 05:02 AM · Greetings,

`butt`? Has the real English language so degenerated,



March 16, 2004 at 06:05 AM · Ben, great choices. I'm working on intervals in group right now. For M7, maybe it would help to think of it as leading tone as opposed to a leap initially. After they get the half-step in their heads perhaps they can jump the octave. Not as fun as "the Simpsons" in group lesson though...


March 16, 2004 at 04:52 PM · Hey, Gregory Lee,

Thanks for sharing that with us! I'm gonna use those, definitely

March 16, 2004 at 04:54 PM · For m6, My Bonny Lies over the ocean

(in the minor version)

March 16, 2004 at 10:49 PM · Buri, I wanted to use ass but was feeling polite. Homework: The Miller's Tail.

March 17, 2004 at 12:08 AM · Greetings,

I am relieved. Bowdlerization leaves me thwarted,



PS Is Polite one of the seven dwarves? I forget things in my dotage...

March 17, 2004 at 01:25 AM · Yes, along with Sensitive, Caring and Really Cute - lucky old Snow White...

March 17, 2004 at 01:53 AM · Gah, fairytales. I was heartbroken about Santa and the Easter Bunny, but when I learned Prince Charming was a flat character--I heard the coffin slam shut.

I can just see a demented old woman rubbing her hands at the fire in a witchy cottage, cackling at the sparkly lure she'd concocted for humanity. Thanks to that detour, I now hear demonic laughter in my stapler.

We should raise our children on level ground, like Dogen's "Mountain and Waters Sutra" or Sartre's "La Nausee," with some Nietzsche a la carte.

Then they would nail M7 every time they opened the refrigerator.


March 17, 2004 at 02:41 AM · That might actually be funny if I hadn't found myself caught up in a family argument about what pitch the butter dish clinks in the other day. No b/s... it's C#. Repeat after me: 'It's the thin end of the wedge...'

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