Folk to Pop Lesson 1 “Oh Mary”

In this lesson you will

  • sing and play along with the song “Oh Mary”
  • learn about the origins of the song
  • learn about how the song was used during the civil rights movement
  • listen to and compare performances by Georgia Field Hands and Bruce Springsteen

Supporting Resources

Objectives

  • I can sing and move to music
  • I can create an accompaniment for a song
  • I can compare and respond to two performances

Teaching Procedure

1 Learn to sing the song, "Oh, Mary Don't You Weep No More"

- play a line, then echo

- continue until you have sung verse 1

- play the video again and sing the whole song

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2 Add a descant

- learn the descant

- sing the descant with the chorus

3 Add body percussion to the chorus

- learn the body percussion shown below

- perform the body percussion while singing the chorus

4 Discuss the time signature

5 Learn the pitch letter names in the song

6 Play the song on an instrument

- sing the pitch letter names

- try playing the song on an instrument

- a link to a glockenspiel is given below

7 Link to a glockenspiel

- play the melody above on a glockenspiel

8 Read about the song 1

9 Read about the song 2

10 Safeshare link to Pete Seeger, "If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus"

- this is a safeshare link

- if the link doesn't work, google "Pete Seeger If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus"

11 Listen to a second recording of "If You Miss Me"

- this is a safeshare link

- if the link doesn't work, google "If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus"

12 Listening questions

- these are questions to think about as you listen to the 1929 performance

13 Link to 1929 performance

- this is a safeshare link

- if the link doesn't work, google "Georgia Field Hands, Oh Mary Don't You Weep no More"

14 Listening questions

- these are questions to think about as you listen to the Bruce Springsteen performance

15 Link to Bruce Springsteen performance

- this is a safeshare link

- if the link doesn't work, google "Bruce Springsteen Oh Mary Don't You Weep no More"

16 Compare the 1929 and Bruce Springsteen performances

- this worksheet is given as a printable in the supporting resources

- complete the worksheet, or have a discussion about similarities and differences in the two performances

17 Optional: Bruce Springsteen biography

- this is a safeshare link

- if the link doesn't work, google "Bruce Springsteen biography"