Jingle Bells free! Intermediate and late elementary kids' sheet music for Christmas to download and print.
Every child knows this popular Christmas song, but not every piano student knows the entire tune, or the words. My first full arrangement of Jingle Bells, below, has both. (For an easier beginner version of Jingle Bells, see this page.)
Here is the easier version, mostly melody. This free kids' sheet music has just enough harmony to make it a bit of a challenge, and to make it pretty!
Play it higher than written
I like to suggest to kids that they play this easy arrangement of Jingle Bells high up on the piano, to make it sound more bell-like.
And the sound of jingling bells...
Here is the "fancy" version for intermediate piano players, with little chord clusters in the right hand. They naturally sound like bells - but especially so when they are played up high, as in this arrangement:
Make your students analyze those chord inversions
See line 3, "O'er the fields we go?" Ask your student to identify the chord, which is "in disguise." In other words, make it a fun game. I like to have my students analyze each chord, marking the inversions as "slash chords" -- C/G and D/A for the first 2 measures in line 3, for example.
Oh no - I can't hear the left hand melody!
Notice that the left hand is the prominent voice here at the start - good practice for balancing volume in the hands!
So how do you make one hand louder than the other?
This is pretty hard to do at first, so I like to introduce (or review) "Loud/Soft" exercises when preparing a piano piece with this particular challenge. You ought to make up exercises for your student that use patterns they are already familiar with to practice this skill, but here are several ways I have done it:
So in preparation for this arrangement, I would have them practice scale tones in the LH, with the RH playing triads.
Oh, to live in a simpler time...
The words in the first part of this song are much less commonly known than the refrain. And I love them! The words "Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh" take me to another time and place. It feels a little bit like being in one of those Thomas Kincaid paintings with lights at all the windows of a quaint cottage, singing "O'er the fields we go, laughing all the way!" Christmas song lyrics like Jingle Bells make me nostalgic for simpler times.
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