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

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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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Some More Beginning Christmas Music

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I’ve been busy and added some more beginning level Christmas music to my big list of Christmas arrangements in my last post.

Today’s group are for beginners who know just a few notes on the staff.

Up on the Housetop – Beginning level, on the staff

Jolly Old St. Nicholas – Beginning level, on the staff

Deck the Halls – Beginning level, on the staff

We Three Kings – Beginning level, on the staff.

 

 

 

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Updated Primer Halloween Music

Halloween Music

Finally! I’m running a little late, but I’ve remade all the primer level Halloween music into portrait orientation so it will fit in my student’s binders! Yeah! Now it is so much easier for them to open their binders and play. And hopefully, while they have their binders opened, they will actually look at what else I’ve assigned and practice it!

These are easy enough to be used by students who have just learned to read some notes on the staff.

Two of these pieces have an autumn theme with no mention of Halloween. Those two are See the Scarecrow and Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater. So if you have students who don’t play Halloween music, you can use these.

The music isn’t new, and if you’ve been using my site for years, I’m sure you have seen these before. What is new is the portrait orientation and I’ve updated the art in 3 of them. Some of these have duets and some don’t. It depends on how much room I had on the page.

This music is very short, except for Five Little Pumpkins. If you are having a Halloween recital, they can either play the piece twice, the second time in a different octave, or they can learn 2 or 3 of them and play them as a set. For those of you who are new teachers, the easiest ones have no skips, and I’m listing those first.

Some of you have been having trouble downloading my bigger files, so I am posting these separately. I hope your students enjoy the new portrait format of these pieces!

  1. Halloween Halloween Portrait
  2. See the Scarecrow Portrait
  3. Halloween is almost Here Portrait
  4. Once Year On Halloween Portrait
  5. Peter Pumpkin Eater
  6. Hey Mr Mummy Portrait
  7. Five Little Pumpkins Revised

By downloading this free music you agree to the following terms of use:

  • This music is for your private use with piano students or family and may be performed in recitals.
  • This files may not be shared outside of your home or studio either electronically or any other method.
  • The music may not be posted on another internet site and it may not be sold.
  • The art is also protected by copyright and may not be used on other material.

Thank you!  

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