Comma Usage Rules Set to Music
Commas are used:
1. Before a coordinating conjunction joining independent clauses:
"I’m a man without conviction, and I’m a man who doesn’t know."
2. After an introductory word group (commonly, clauses and phrases functioning as adverbs):
"When we cling, our love is strong."
3. Between all items in a series:
"Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dreams: red, gold, and green."
4. To set off transitional and parenthetical expressions, absolute phrases, and contrasted elements:
"You’re my lover, not my rival."
[Note: “lover" may be changed to “brother" when working with younger children. Use your discretion.]