Christmas Music Lessons

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SKU: C45

December music classes can be challenging, especially in the days following your holiday concert.  This is a collection of lessons and activities based on nine familiar Christmas carols. Each song is notated for vocals, a soprano recorder in two parts, Boomwhackers® in two parts, a variety of percussion instruments, and chords provided for ukulele or guitar. All parts can be used together and also work in any combination. Each song comes with a vocal track and an orchestrated accompaniment track. A slower accompaniment track is given for Boomwhacker® play-alongs. The Projectables include colored Boomwhacker® notation, lyrics, and chords for ukulele (guitar), recorder and percussion music to project.

Reproducible and Projectable lyrics are included so the songs could be used in a performance or a school holiday sing-along. The activities include naming notes, writing notes, recognizing rhythms, and creating new melodies, as well as fun games and word puzzles based on the lyrics of the carols and the song information.

Resource Index

  • Sing Noel: This was originally a Liberian melody called Banuwa which means, "don't cry, little girl." Somewhere along the line the words "Sing Noel" were added, creating a simple Christmas song. Arrangements: Recorder, Ukulele, Boomwhackers, Percussion (Bongo Drums, Hand Drum) Activities: Create a New Melody, Word Search
  • Jolly Old St. Nicholas: This traditional Christmas carol was written by Benjamin Hanby who also wrote "Up on the Housetop". The song is traditionally performed to a melody originally written by James Lord Pierpont which he used for the original version of “Jingle Bells”. Arrangements: Recorder, Ukulele, Boomwhackers, Percussion (Triangle, Jingle Bells) Activities: Note Naming, Word Search
  • Up on the Housetop: This traditional Christmas song was written over 150 years ago! This traditional Christmas song was written over 150 years ago! Arrangements: Recorder, Ukulele, Boomwhackers, Percussion (Triangle, Jingle Bells, Tic-Toc Block) Activities: Write the Notes, Crossword
  • Joy to the World: The words are a hymn based on the second half of Psalm 98 in the Bible. The melody is based on music by Handel. Arrangements: Recorder, Ukulele, Boomwhackers, Percussion (Triangle, Finger Cymbals) Activities: Rearrange the Rhythms, Unscramble the Words
  • Jingle Bells: This is a Christmas favorite originally written for American Thanksgiving. Arrangements: Recorder, Ukulele, Boomwhackers, Percussion (Jingle Bells, Temple Blocks) Activities: Rhythm Sort, Word Search
  • Christmas Chopsticks: The lyrics are from the poem "'Twas the Night before Christmas". Arrangements: Recorder, Ukulele, Boomwhackers, Percussion (Finger Cymbals, Tambourine, Hand Drum) Activities: Name and Write the Notes, Crossword
  • D’où viens-tu bergère: This is a traditional French carol. Arrangements: Recorder, Ukulele, Boomwhackers, Percussion (Triangle, Finger Cymbals) Activities: Create a New Melody, Unscramble the Words
  • Over the River and Through the Wood: This song tells the story of a child visiting their grandmother's house. Arrangements: Recorder, Ukulele, Boomwhackers, Percussion (Triangle, Temple Blocks, Sand Blocks) Activities: Rearrange the Rhythms, Crossword
  • O Come Little Children: This is a traditional German Christmas carol. As the saying goes… Christmas is for children! Arrangements: Recorder, Ukulele, Boomwhackers, Percussion (Finger Cymbals, Claves) Activities: Name the Notes, Unscramble the Words


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Book: Christmas Music Lessons
Audio Vocal: Sing Noel
Audio Accompaniment: Sing Noel
Audio Slow Accompaniment: Sing Noel
PowerPoint PDF: Sing Noel

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