Intervals - examples in songs

Ascending

m2
ti- doh - Theme from Jaws, I Left My Heart in San Francisco
M2
Frere Jacques, Doe-a-deer. Happy-Birthday
m3
O Canada - O Where has My Little Dog Gone, Brahm's Lullaby, Greensleeves, To Dream the Impossible Dream
M3
While Shepards Watched, From the Halls of Montezuma, Well I Come from Alabama
P4
Here Comes the Bride, The British Grenadiers, Amazing Grace , Someday My Prince Will Come, Day is Done (Taps)
A4 - tritone - diminished fifth
Maria (West Side Story)
P5
Twinkle Little Star, Lavender's Blue. Hey there Georgy Girl
m6
Love Story (3rd to 4th note), Go Down Moses
M6
My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean - first 2 notes of NBC chime - Theme from "The Sting" (The Entertainer 3rd to 4th notes), Dashing-ing through the snow.
m7
There's A Place For Us (West Side Story) - Old Star Trek Theme
M7
Bali Hai (South Pacific - first three notes - up octave , then down semitone)
Octave
Some-where over the rainbow

Descending

m2
Joy to the World, Shall we dance (from The King and I)
M2
Three Blind Mice, Whistle While You Work, Mary had a little lamb
m3
Jesus Loves Me, Oh-o say can you see
M3
Big Ben , Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Good night ladies
P4
Make New Friends, Farandole- Bizet, Born Free, I've Been Working on the Railroad
A4 - tritone - diminished fifth
Europian siren
P5
Minuette in G- Flinstones, Bring a Torch Jeannette Isabella
m6
Love Story Theme (Where Do I begin)- first 2 notes
M6
Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen, O-ver there, Gonna Lay down my sword and shield
m7
Theme from American in Paris
M7
"Hee haw" from the grand Canyon Suite
See also http://www.mainliners.org/intervals.htm. I have added to the list from a compilation by Sandy Sukhov Cressman

Other Related comments

Depending upon the age group being used, you might have to consider tunes from familiar rock or alternative bands!!! Another comment: the motif from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" offers relative familiarity and several good intervallic studies, i.e., upward M2, downward M3, octave, upward P5.

---Richard Huggins Tyler, Texas huggins@rapidramp.com

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