Go Tell Aunt Rhody… She’s Wrong

“Go Tell Aunt Rhody” … She’s Wrong

Dawn King Krown
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Perkiomen Valley Middle School West & Schwenksville Elementary

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:







A computer with “Finale NotePad” or a computer lab with “Finale NotePad” on each computer.


20 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students must be familiar with the traditional tune “Go Tell Aunt Rhody”. They must read music to the level of a student who has studied for 6 months.

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 1: Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
MENC 2: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
MENC 5: Reading and notating music.
MENC 6: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.


The students will recognize the wrong notes within the melody and replace them with the correct notes.


1. Teach the students the melody “Go Tell Aunt Rhody” on their given instrument. Also sing the melody with the students using the text, la or solfegio.
2. Using “Finale NotePad” notate “Aunt Rhody” including one wrong note per measure. Copy the notated melody onto each computer in the lab or photo copy the melody for each student.
3. Have each student listen to the melody several times in the play back mode of “Finale” or perform the melody on any instrument or voice for the students. Wait at least 30 seconds between performances to give the students a chance to process the information.
4. The students will circle the incorrect notes and replace them with the correct pitch. If you are in a lab setting, the students should place the correct notes on the staff in the level 2 setting to visually compare the correct and incorrect notes.


The lesson is successful if the students recognize 85% of the wrong notes and replace 80% of the correct pitches.

Follow Up:

This activity can be reproduced with sequentially complex melodies and rhythms at any level.

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