Christmas Song Lyrics & Music
 The Holly and the Ivy

Christmas Song Lyrics and free sheet music for your intermediate piano players and now for your beginners as well!

Three energetic arrangements of Holly and Ivy with flowing left hand chords, a Middle C arrangement with melody in shared hands, and a printable PDF of the lyrics to Holly and Ivy (bottom of the page).

A Middle-C shared hands arrangement of The Holly and the Ivy, for young beginning piano players

Please scroll down the page to find the links to the free printable PDFs.

I have been offering this simple version of Holly and Ivy to young students as one of their "write the note names" assignment choices.  Christmas songs are a popular choice this time of year!  

If you want an accompaniment, a C chord will be enough.

Holly and Ivy's Christmas song lyrics are little-known to most people. Perhaps partly for that reason, the song feels very fresh. 

Christmas song lyrics and sheet music for Holly and Ivy

Here is a closeup of that arrangement:

A closeup of Holly and Ivy Christmas sheet  music for piano.

The left hand chord pattern is fairly easy, but coordinating the two hands together is not! It helps to treat this song as a duet with your student for a couple of weeks, trading places on the piano bench as you switch parts.

What I have found very useful with complicated eighth note patterns is what I call "Lap-Tap" or "Piano lid tapping" practice: each hand, on the lap or on the closed piano lid, taps its own pattern against the pattern of the other hand.

No worry about playing the right notes... just rhythm practice.

Try reinforcing the melody's rhythm by doing this as you sing the Christmas song lyrics.

I put this on my student's lesson assignment sheet for the week to do at home, also: "Lap-Tap counting 1x each day before playing with notes."

The second version is much harder, because of the added chord tones in the right hand in the second half of the song.

It is possible your student may struggle with the parallel 6ths in the right hand unless they know and enjoy chord inversions!

The Holly and the Ivy Christmas music for piano with harmony in the right hand

The third arrangement of The Holly and the Ivy is my favorite because of the driving motion in the left hand:

Free Christmas songs Holly and Ivy - this page shows broken chords in left hand, and moving chords in right hand also.  At Music-for-Music-Teachers.com

Now, your students will actually be ready to play the non-stop left hand broken chord pattern long before they can easily play the chord tones of the right hand, especially the parallel 6ths, at least fast enough for The Holly and the Ivy.

So you might suggest to your students a combination of arrangement 1 (the first one shown) with its easy right hand, and arrangement 3 with the always-moving chords.

That is usually how my students start this Christmas song.

Here are the Christmas carol lyrics for Holly and Ivy:

Christmas song lyrics for The Holly and the Ivy, just the words






The links to the piano sheets:


Download Middle C shared-hands arrangement for piano


Download Holly and Ivy free sheet music for intermediate piano with left hand chords


Print free piano sheet music Holly and Ivy with harmony in right hand


Download free online Christmas music The Holly and the Ivy hardest version


Download Christmas Song Lyrics "The Holly and the Ivy" 






I hope you enjoy using these free Christmas songs! 





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I recently purchased your arrangement of The Moldau (a longtime favorite of mine). I wasn't sure if any of my students would be interested in it, but to my amazement 3 of my students LOVE it. Thank you so much for making your great arrangement.

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