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Jingle Bells Duet with Rhythm Instruments

Christmas Rhythm Instruments

Jingle Bells Duet With Rhythm Instruments


Does anyone remember this arrangement I made for my students a few years ago? There is an early intermediate piano part, an easy one hand duet, and parts for 4 rhythm instruments.

What is new in this PDF is that I added individual scores for the rhythm instruments. I received many requests for that and I’m finally getting around to it! All the pages are combined into one PDF and you can print what you need.

If you are having group lessons this week or next, there is still time to print this out for your students. The rhythm instrument parts are for beginners and no practice is necessary.

The piano part also stands alone as a piano solo without the duet or the rhythm instruments. Or you can use the piano part out of a Christmas book.

The easy duet part can also be played on an electric bass, a keyboard, melody bells or any other tuned instrument that sounds good with your piano.

What I like about this arrangement is that there is something for everyone, so if you happen to have group lessons with all levels, every student will have something to do.

I also thought this would be fun for a musical family to play when they get together for the holidays. If you don’t have any rhythm instruments, improvise with whatever you have around the house! Here is a set of rhythm instruments from my Amazon affiliate site that has free shipping now.  I use my set of rhythm instruments frequently in my teaching, but especially around the Christmas holidays!


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Reindeer Tracks – A Christmas Board Game

Reindeer Tracks

Reindeer Tracks

So many teachers ask me about games for older students. Here is a Christmas game board you can use with any level. You choose the cards you want to use. Students draw a card, answer the question, and roll a die to determine how many spaces to move.

Below are a few suggestions for flash cards that are on my site. Or you can get cards from some of the other great sites on the web, or even writing your own vocabulary cards.

Advancing Students

Ledger Line Flash Cards – There are enough ledger lines in this set to make it sufficiently challenging for advancing students.

Key Signature Cards – You will need key signature cards without the answer on the back, so here are some.

Rhythm Pattern Cards Set of 3 – There are several levels listed here. Set 3 is the hardest. Take a look at all the levels and download the ones you want. This has been a very popular printable!

Elementary Students and Beginning Students

Grand Staff Flash Cards – These just have notes on the grand staff.

Interval Flash Cards – There are 4 pages of intervals from unison to octave.

Individual Rhythm Flash Cards – Actually, there are rhythms of all levels in these cards. They are smaller than the Rhythm Pattern Cards above, so use the ones you like. These might be easier to manage with a game board.

Keyboard Flash Cards – These have hearts on them, but they *are* keyboard flash cards. I need to make some generic keyboard flash cards. All the ones I’ve made have designs on them.

I hope your students of all levels enjoy this game!




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Lots of Christmas Printables

Christmas Printables

Snowmen, reindeer, elves, Christmas trees; here is a round-up of all kinds of Christmas games and worksheets I’ve made for my students over the years. Some are for beginners and some are for older students and teens. Some can be modified and played with any level. Some of these are games I made for group lessons and some are for teacher and student. Some are in black and white.

I know it is very hard to search through all these games. If you want a game for a certain age group or level,  just ask in the comment section here and if one of the games fits, I’ll let you know, to the best of my ability.

You are welcome to print these out and use in your classroom, music lessons, or home. Please do not redistribute to other teachers or parents, but send a link instead.

The links below will take you to the page on this blog that has the instructions to the games, and then a link to the PDF. Be sure to only print what you need and to set your printer to landscape orientation if the printable is in landscape.

A week or so ago I listed all the Christmas music on my site. A few days ago I listed some Hanukkah material. Today I am posting all the Christmas games and worksheets as well as some winter material. There are two new games I haven’t posted yet, and I hope to do that soon! Please inform me of any broken links. Thanks!


Reindeer and Elves Keyboard Race – A Christmas version of my Keyboard Race game.

Snowflake Keyboard Race – The same game as above, but it is good for a winter game with no Christmas symbols.

Snowman and Reindeer Note Game – Students love all the color. Print on photo paper for the best effect.

Snowman and Reindeer Interval Game – A good game for reviewing intervals. Two or more can play.

Cards (Interval) for the Snowman and Reindeer Game – You can use your own interval cards for the interval game, or print these.

Snowman and Reindeer Rhythm Game – This is part of a 3 game set. This version is for rhythm. Teacher and student can play.

Cards for Snowman and Reindeer Rhythm Game – These are rhythm cards for the Snowman and Reindeer Rhythm Game above.

Snowflake Bingo Game – This bingo game is good for Christmas group lessons. Uses all the  notes on the grand staff, and no  ledger lines except middle C. This is a good holiday game if you have a diverse studio.

Christmas Tune Challenge – I use this game with teens. You might want to read my blog post about how I play it.

Silly Sentences – Another game for a teen group lesson. Some of the cards are harder than others, so it can be played in mixed groups.

Vocabulary Cards for Silly Sentences

Peppermint Notes – Use (wrapped) peppermints for “notes.”

Keyboard Ornament Bingo – a Bingo game for students who haven’t learned notes on the staff.

Musical Christmas Lights – a Bingo game for symbols and vocabulary words. It’s a great way to study theory vocabulary. There is both a B&W version and a colorful one that does not use as much ink as my old version.


Ornament Notes – a black and white coloring sheet for very easy notes on the staff

Christmas Ornament Notes on the Staff – Beginners write the names of notes on Christmas ornaments on the staff. The notes are in a row, so it is a good way to introduced notes on the staff.

Ornament Notes Mixed Up on the Staff – This is the same as the previous printable, but the notes are mixed up on the staff, so it is harder.

Gingerboy Keys – Beginners draw a line from the ginger boy to piano keys.

Draw the Ornaments – Students draw note on a Christmas tree staff.

Light Up the Tree – This is a (mostly) black and white coloring sheet. The worksheet tells students what color each light, which contains a note of the staff, should be.

Christmas Music Symbols Match – This is a matching sheet for beginners. It has US terms. If anyone wants a UK version, tell me what changes to make and I will post it on my UK page.

Vocabulary: Christmas or Music – This is a redo of an old worksheet. Students have to distinguish between Christmas words from around the world and music vocabulary words.

Beginning Composing

Christmas Train – Students use finger numbers and no staff on this composing printable.

Christmas is Coming – I wrote an 8 measure rhyme of students to compose a melody. The rhythm in written in above the staff.








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O Come, All Ye Faithful in Primer and Pre-reading


One of my students learned O Come, All Ye Faithful in school and wanted to play it. It wasn’t in his Christmas book, so I wrote one out for him.

This is one of the first Christmas Carols I learned. I was so excited because of the dynamic changes in the refrain. I wasn’t taking piano then, so this was the first time I was aware of gradually getting louder in each phrase. I can’t explain how thrilled I was to learn that music could do that! Sometimes as a teacher I forget that what is old-hat to me is a novel idea to my students.

There are two arrangements to choose from. One is pre-reading and the other is on-the-staff and only uses 8 notes. One thing interesting about this carol is that there are no thirds (skipping notes) in the right hand and only one skip on the left. That makes it a lot easier.  Yes, I used dotted quarter notes in the staff version, but it’s easy to teach by rote. If they know this carol, they are going to play the dotted rhythms anyway so they might as well see what they are playing. Also, when they find this rhythm in other music they won’t be afraid of it.

O Come, All Ye Faithful – Pre-reading

O Come, All Ye Faithful – Early Elementary  [The primer version originally had the middle C in measure 14 in the wrong hand. I fixed it and reposted it. Thank you to the kind teacher who let me know!]


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