Free online Christmas music "Bring a Torch", now with two intermediate piano arrangements. Also in Middle C position for your beginners. Bring a Torch is a beautiful old French carol (called "Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle" in French) with a lilting, singable melody.
Lincoln-Way Central's 2006 Madrigal Singers:
This music is fun to play!
Here is essentially the same arrangement, but with single melody notes in the right hand:
Here is the free online Christmas music Bring a Torch with melody only, in Middle C position:
But don't leave it like that! Turn this free online Christmas music into a DUET with your student by showing them how to use chords in inversions (like a cadence), then using them as a rhythmic element.
Give them the melody first, so they have some time to get familiar with it. Then, when they are secure with the melody, switch and have them play the chords.
Download free online Christmas music Bring a Torch with chord symbols
I'd start with a simple pattern of one chord per measure -- LH and RH together. Use full or open chords, whichever your student prefers, or even both: an open chord in LH, and a full triad in RH (c,e,g).
Once this comes easily, try incorporating a rhythm of half-note, quarter; half-note, quarter (1-2, 3; 1-2, 3).
It will seem hard to make the change from C to F and G quickly, playing chords in root position, so here is where those chord inversions and cadences they have been learning take on new meaning:
This approach sounds a bit heavy, but we will alter the thickness of the chords after they've mastered the progression.
However, playing these chords may not be easy unless students are familiar and comfortable with the I-IV-V chord patterns. My students start learning the relationships of the "3 main chords" early on, as soon as they can play triads well. (Take a look at my 12 Major Scales page, especially the Key of C, #1 - 5.)
Here is one more way to use the chords in this Christmas song:
Learning how to move from C to F to G chords while staying "at home" by the C chord opens up lots of musical possibilities and choices for pianists, especially when accompanying musical groups!
Wikipedia says this about the carol:
Below, I have put the Christmas song lyrics to Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella in PDF format (English and also French) so you can download and print them off easily:
And an energetic performance from a group on YouTube known as "Manor House Music":
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