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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

[Ed. Christmas printables can be found here.]

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.

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

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.

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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Christmas Music


[Ed. All of this music has been moved and can be found here. Scroll down to select what you want.]

Today I am posting some Christmas music I’ve arranged for my students over the years. I’m listing it here to share with you.

I’ll try to group it by level. But when it comes to arranging Christmas music, I don’t always stay true to the levels used in method books.  That is not a problem with my students.

Here’s some advice for beginning teachers. Give your students Christmas music that is easier than in their method books, so they can learn several tunes each week. After a few years of lessons, they will know many carols and songs.

You are my editors, so let me know right away if you see any mistakes or bad links.

I will add some more arrangements after I polish them up, so check back. Suggestions are welcome, but I cannot arrange music under copyright, such as Frosty, Frozen, or Rudolph. 🙂

Pre-reading-no staff

Jingle Bells

Deck the Halls

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

We Wish You a Merry Christmas Pre-reading

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Away in a Manger-UK melody (a lovely melody by Kirkpatrick that is not well-used in the US, but more common in Canada and the UK)

We Three Kings

Good King Wenceslas

Joy to the World Pre-reading

Early Elementary, on the staff with big notes and no hands together

Jingle Bells

Away in a Manger (traditional US version)

We Three Kings (primer level in middle C position)


We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Silent Night (Teach the dotted note by rote. They can do it!)

Away in a Manger (Kirkpatrick UK version)

Twelve Days of Christmas – 5 pages

Later Elementary

Silent Night

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

Deck the Halls




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