The Twelve Days of Christmas
Whenever I update my music or graphics for my own students, I like to share them with you. This has been on my website a long time, but when I was just about to print it out for a student, I decided I wanted to update the picture of the partridge. While I was at it, I spaced out the measures so it would be easier to read.
I tried to make this music look appropriate for all ages, so you can use this with beginning adults as well as children.
It is very easy to improvise a duet with this song, since you can harmonize it with 4 chords while the student plays an octave higher.
Click on the link or the picture to download.
Silent Night is one of the harder carols because of the shift in position and the dotted rhythms. But a motivated student can get it.
After the younger student has learned it and If the student has an older sibling waiting, I will show the older student the chords and try a duet. By the end of Level 2 of most method books, student can play the I IV V chords in F.
Meanwhile, I gave this version of Silent Night to a very cute little guy who is a primer student, but knows all his notes. His eyes got real big when he told me he couldn’t play it because the notes had those “weird little things on it” and he maintained this was way too hard for him. Do you remember when music looked way to hard for you?
A bright spot in my lessons this week was another student who wrote a song, complete with words, at his lesson. It was short so I was able to let him watch while I took his notes and put them in Finale. We put his copyright on it and he thought that was cool. He told me he had rhymes and poems going on in his head all the time. I said I am the same way with melodies and I have bits of paper all over the house with sketches of music and songs.