Away in a Manger
Free Christmas Sheet Music

Free Christmas sheet music "Away in a Manger" with guitar tabs and also a Middle C piano arrangement for young beginners! 

Or choose:

  • a lead sheet with chord symbols, or 
  • a regular piano arrangement with broken chords in the left hand. 

Scroll down the page for the links to the free downloadable PDFs:

Away in a Manger Middle C piano music for beginners

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

This song always makes me think of very young children dressed up as shepherds and angels, but it is always a pleasure to play!

When I offer this song to my students, I frequently say apologetically, "This is kind of a baby song..." and then am surprised, again, when they jump on it! It does have an irresistibly sweet melody.  

The rhythm of the Middle C version is simplified -- no dotted notes -- but if your student knows this melody already, they won't be able to HELP playing the dotted rhythm!

If you wish to remind them of the true rhythm, just add dots and flags to the appropriate notes to make them look right.

I have put chord symbols above each measure where the chords change. This was at the request of one of my students who wished to play a duet at church with a friend, and only needed the chord symbols to figure out some kind of secondo part.

If we'd had this sheet music in hand at her lesson, I might have made her figure out the chords on her own and write them in.

It's just the three main chords plus -- my own preference -- the Dm chord. Be aware that when you play a duet, the primo part will almost always be performed an octave higher than it is written.

I did not add fingering... but so many beginner songs use this position that your students will probably fall right into it.

Have a look at the guitar tabs for Away in a Manger, arranged in 3 keys:

Away in a Manger with guitar tablature

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The guitar tab melody is mostly pretty easy, with just a bit of encountering finger 4 in the melody of both keys of G and A.

And below, see the lead sheet for this free Christmas sheet music in the key of G.

This is a nice key for guitar and violin also, and is especially pretty when the guitar plays a finger-picking chord pattern.

lyrics for Away in a Manger, Music-for-Music-Teachers.com

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Here is the song, for piano again, with the left hand accompaniment written out:

Intermediate arrangement of Away in a Manger for piano

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The left hand chords may seem too repetitious if your student has already mastered pieces similar to this.

In that case, you may want to encourage the student to alter the initial bass note on a chord, especially if there are two measures of the same chord.

Here is an example, where the G chord starts on the root (G) of the chord in the first measure, but changes to the third (B) of the chord in the second measure:

chords in root position and first inversion

This kind of pattern seems so simple and obvious to advanced musicians that it is tempting to push it too soon onto students who are not ready for it. Play with chord inversions a lot first; then they will have a frame of reference for what is happening in this measure.

I know that your students will love playing this piece!



The piano links:


Download Christmas song Middle C Away in a Manger


Download free Christmas sheet music Away in a Manger with left hand written out


The guitar tab links:


Download Away in a Manger for guitar in the key of A


Download Christmas song for guitar in the key of C


Download guitar tabs in the key of G


And a lead sheet in the key of G:


Download free Christmas lead sheet Away in a Manger









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Dana Thynes

Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com.

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.

You can find out more about me and the reason for this website at my About Me page.