E01.46: Tunes in Varied Tonalities

In this episode, I share recordings of tunes in varied tonalities composed by participants in the 2022 GIML Professional Development Levels Course at Michigan State University. 

01.46: Tunes in Varied Tonalities

Composers/Performers:

  • MAJOR TONALITY SONGS
    • Alissa Amell-Postler: Untitled
    • Jillian Brennan: Untitled
    • Amelia Mills: Untitled
    • Ashley Wright: Lemon Lime Soda
  • HARMONIC MINOR TONALITY SONGS
    • Evan McIntyre: Untitled
    • Cory Wholehan: Untitled
    • Victoria Vajda: Evening Stroll
    • Ashley Wright: Windshield Wipers
    • Ana Isabel Frias: Untitled
  • MIXOLYDIAN TONALITY SONGS
    • Stuart Hill: Pink Horizon
    • Amelia Mills: Untitled
    • Noor Sarna: Untitled
    • Maria Schoon: Untitled
    • Jillian Brennan: Untitled
    • Madeline Steffke: Octopi Are Dancing
  • DORIAN TONALITY SONGS
    • Alissa Amell-Postler: Untitled
    • Kat Jakrzewski: Untitled
    • Jillian Brennan: Untitled
    • Mike Kurilko: Untitled
    • Maria Schoon: A Dorian Tune
    • Madeline Steffke: Untitled
  • PHRYGIAN TONALITY SONGS
    • Karen Salvador: Phrygian Can Bounce
    • Dillon Walters: Bumble Bee
    • Ana Isabel Frias: Untitled
    • Stuart Hill: Forest Traipsing
    • Victoria Vajda: Phrygian Melody
    • Evan McIntyre: Untitled
    • Noor Sarna: Untitled
  • LYDIAN TONALITY SONGS
    • Tory Frumin: Untitled
    • Kat Jakrzewski: Untitled
    • Dillon Walters: Yellow Kite
    • Karen Salvador: Lylt
    • Mike Kurilko: Untitled
    • Cory Wholehan: Untitled
  • AEOLIAN TONALITY SONGS
    • Stuart Hill: Race Against the Clock
    • Tory Frumin: Untitled
    • Maria Schoon: Untitled
  • LOCRIAN TONALITY SONGS
    • Alissa Amell-Postler: Untitled
    • Jillian Brennan: Untitled
    • Ashley Wright: Avocado on an Everything Bagel

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E01.40: Aid for Aeolian

In this episode, we focus on building audiation in Aeolian tonality.

E01.40: Aid for Aeolian

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E01.32: Leaping Into Lydian

In this episode, we focus on building audiation in Lydian tonality. 

E01.32: Leaping Into Lydian

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E01.28: Fiddling With Phrygian

In this episode, we focus on building audiation in Phrygian tonality.

E01.28: Fiddling With Phrygian

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E01.17: Dabbling in Dorian

In this episode, I focus on building audiation in Dorian tonality. 

E01.17: Dabbling in Dorian

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E01.12: Mixolydian Meanderings

In this episode, I focus on building audiation in Mixolydian tonality. 

E01.12: Mixolydian Meanderings

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E01.06: Taste of Tonalities!

In this episode, we talk about tonal context and run through an overview of a variety of tonalities.

E01.06: Taste of Tonalities

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RTRL.19: Tonal & Metric Variety In Elementary General Music Textbooks (Lange, 2009)

Source:

Lange, D. M. (2009). An examination of the tonalities and meters in 21st-century elementary music textbooks. The GIML Audea, 14(2), 7-10.

What did the researcher want to know?

What tonalities (i.e., modes) and meters are prevalent in commonly-used elementary music textbooks?

What did the researcher do?

Lange examined two major textbook series: Making Music (2006) published by Silver Burdett and Spotlight on Music (2006) published by McGraw-Hill. For each series, she compiled a list of every song that appeared at each grade level (1-5) along with the tonality and meter of each song.

What did the researcher find?

The majority of songs featured in these common elementary music textbooks were in major tonality.  As shown in Tables 1-2, the percentage of songs in major tonality ranged from 57% to 87%. The next most common tonality was pentatonic (3-31%), followed by minor (3-16%). There were few to no songs in other tonalities, such as Dorian or Mixolydian.

The majority of songs featured in common elementary music textbooks were in duple meter. As shown in Tables 3-4, the percentage of songs in duple meter ranged from 80% to 94%. The next most common meter was triple (6-18%). Few to no songs were in uneven meters (such as 5/8 or 7/8) or were multi-metric.

What does this mean for my classroom?

Exposing children to songs in a variety of tonalities and meters enriches their musical vocabularies. However, if music teachers wish to include a variety of tonalities/meters in their classrooms, they will need to look outside of the most commonly-used elementary general music textbook series. Below are some resources for songs/chants in a wide variety of tonalities and meters:

If you are unfamiliar with the term “tonalities,” you can find more information and examples here: