Reading the thread on sight-singing reminded me of a problem I've been having, and I thought I'd open it up to the panel. When teaching sight-singing using interval recognition, many of us use well-known songs. Here's the list I've compiled - you might use some of them too:
Minor 2nd - Jaws
Major 2nd - Frere Jacques
Minor 3rd - Greensleeves
Major 3rd - While Shepherds Watched
Perfect 4th - Away In A Manger/How Much Is That Doggie/Heigh Ho
Perfect 5th - Scarborough Fair/Twinkle Twinkle
Minor 6th - Love Story
Major 6th - My Bonny Lies Over The Ocean/It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (US)
Minor 7th/V7 - Somewhere
Perfect Octave - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Augmented 4th - Maria/The Simpsons
Here's the problem: Many of these songs are not only becoming dated, particularly the film themes, but as my students come from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, I find the Christmas carols and traditional folk songs are also likely to be unfamiliar. So... I need a new list of *well-known* songs which won't date within the next few years (so no Hit Me Britney minor 2nds, okay?) and are recognisable by (British) students of all shapes, sizes and colours. Please help!
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