Christmas Carol Harmonizations

It’s the last week of the semester!   The downtown holiday program has been performed!   Wonderful Christmas music has been shared in group lessons!  The last recordings for each student’s Christmas CD have been made, colorful covers added, and CDs placed under the Christmas tree ready for pick-up!    We have just one lesson left before a two-week break, just enough time to accomplish….. hmmm, what are … Continue reading

Christmas Rhythm Dictation Sheets

As I was working on planning rhythm and movement activities for group lessons this month, I had the idea to tweak my usual (rather ho-hum) rhythmic dictation sheets and add a holiday theme:    Both of these songs use half, quarter and pairs of eighth notes.   In We Wish You a Merry Christmas, students only choose between quarter and eighth notes.  In Up on the … Continue reading

Find the Mistake: Christmas Carols

An “off” day in the studio a couple of weeks ago provided the inspiration for this activity.    I’d like to blame this on a change in the weather or perhaps a few brains that had checked out early for Thanksgiving break, but I spent a day listening to student after student play through familiar Christmas tunes, missing notes and seeming oblivious to the errors.  Call … Continue reading

Jingle Bell Pattern Signs

It’s group lesson week again in my studio, and since it’s our last group lesson week before Christmas break, I’ve been incorporating Christmas tunes and themes into many of our activities.   I used the following activity with groups of first-year students this week: In previous groups, we had been learning to recognize simple melodic patterns (up, down, repeat) both aurally and visually. For this activity, I made signs … Continue reading