Christmas Song Lyrics & Music  The Holly and the Ivy

Christmas Song Lyrics and free sheet music for your intermediate piano players: three energetic arrangements of Holly and Ivy with flowing left hand chords, and a printable PDF of the lyrics to Holly and Ivy (bottom of the page).



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



Here are the Christmas piano sheet music downloads:

Christmas song lyrics and sheet music for Holly and Ivy


Download Holly and Ivy free 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" 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


Print free piano sheet music Holly and Ivy with harmony in 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, Music-for-Music-Teachers.com


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

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. This 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



Download Christmas Song Lyrics "The Holly and the Ivy" 

Listen to the beautiful piano version by George Winston:


I hope you enjoy using these free Christmas songs! 




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