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Junior Performance: Hot Cross Buns

Updated: May 29, 2021

The song known as Hot Cross Buns is originally thought to be the cry of a street seller or market stall hold. After the cry had made the transition to nursery use, it was commonly used in music classes and schools for young children trying to master a new instrument, continuing as such to this day.

For more information see Poetics en Passant: Redefining the Relationship Between Victorian and Modern Poetry. A book by Anne Jamison.

Learning Objective

Interpretation Skills

  • Play in 4 beats per bar

  • Play hands together

  • Count the beat while playing.

Fluency Skills

  • Play C5, D5, E5

  • Play C3, D3, E3

Performance Skills

  • Keep the beat

  • Don't Stop

Demonstration Video


Hot cross buns!

Hot cross buns!

One a penny, two a penny,

Hot cross buns!

If you have no daughters,

give them to your sons.

One a penny, two a penny,

Hot cross buns!


Chris Caton-Greasley LLCM(TD) MA (Mus)(Open)

Ethnographic Musicologist, Teacher, Researcher

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