Jingle Bells Sheet Music
Easy Piano Music for Beginners

Jingle Bells sheet music is one of those need-to-know pieces for beginner piano players.This free sheet has so many things going for it, both for the student, and from the perspective of the teacher!

Here is Jingle Bells, as I give it to my beginners.  

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Jingle Bells sheet music for beginner piano with a single melody line for right hand and nothing written in the left hand staff

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This cute & singable little Christmas tune is a favorite of young kids:

Why is this such a great song for beginners?

First of all, Jingle Bells is such a familiar tune, that even when it is not the Christmas season, little kids are often very excited to learn it.

Because of its familiarity, they will memorize it quickly, and then, if you wish, you can start adding other activities.  

Like Mary Had a Little Lamb, this is a good song to use as a foundation for learning or polishing new skills.

Here is an even easier way to read Jingle Bells.  These Alphanotes are like music note drawings:

Music note drawings with Jingle Bells sheet music

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So what makes Jingle Bells sheet music so versatile?

  • This easy piano music uses all 5 fingers of the right hand, 
  • stays in one "position", 
  • can be improved by the addition of left-hand chords, and, like Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • is easy to transpose!

This Christmas song is the perfect tool for working on pentascale positions (5-note major scales) and the three main chords.

Here it is with chord symbols:

Jingle Bells melody for right hand piano, with chord symbols above the staff for left hand use.

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But there's no left hand part!

I want my students to learn early on how to read chord symbols, so they can play lead sheets.  

Each "C" over the melody line means "play a C chord here".  That will remain the chord of choice, typically sounded on each first beat of a measure, until a different chord symbol, such as "F" or "G", shows up.

See below how I actually have my students play Jingle Bells sheet music, with open chords (open fifths):

Jingle Bells easy piano music with chords in the left hand

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Why not just START with a lead sheet?

I like my beginning readers to USUALLY use music that shows the grand staff, as that is how they are learning to locate Middle C - it is "in the middle between the two staffs."  Indian Dance and Lavender's Blue are exceptions, but they are unfamiliar melodies, and I have different goals with these songs.

And because they are beginning readers when I give them this music, I want as few distractions on the music as possible.

I suggest you give it to your piano students without the chord symbols initially, or else make a point of asking them "What does this letter C mean here? And this letter F? And this G?"  A lot of them will jump to the conclusion that the letter is telling them the name of the note below, even if they know better. 

Depending on their familiarity with chords, you might be better off with a plain sheet. Or, start in the very first week asking THEM to play the chords for YOUR right-hand melody.

The very easiest way to add Left Hand

The first week or so, if they already have the experience of putting LH chords to a RH melody, you might suggest that they use just a C chord the whole song, with no chord change, as in Indian Dance.

Also, suggest to them that the song will sound prettier if they play it up high on the piano, so that it does sound "more like bells" - more Christmas-y.

Then add the secondary chords

After a week or so like this, you can start adding in the "G pinch" chord (the G7 made with the f & g, using the 2 &1 fingers of the left hand) and the "little F" chord (f & a, again with the 2 & 1 fingers of the left hand).

The G pinch chord is easy, especially after playing Mary Had a Little Lamb, but beginners have a hard time with the Little F chord, because it necessitates the stretch of the thumb.

And they always want to move finger 3 onto the F, despite the fact that it is already sitting right there on the F note!

Sometimes, after a struggle, I just let young pianists substitute the G7 chord for the F chords, and we come back to the F chord later.

If you are looking for more challenging versions (and prettier!) of Jingle Bells, please go to my other piano Jingle Bells music page.



Download links for Jingle Bells:


Download Jingle Bells sheet music for beginner piano students with plain notes and no chord symbols


Download Christmas piano music with letters in all the note-heads


Download Christmas song with chord symbols for beginner piano students, and plain notes (no letters inside note heads)


Download free kids Christmas sheet music with chord symbols and also left hand written out



Have fun with this well-loved Christmas music!




More 5-finger songs at Music-for-Music-Teachers:

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Erie Canal - Part I has only 5 notes, but is a satisfying introduction to this song


Fuzzy Wuzzy - cute and short!


God is So Good - a sweet melody with sweet words


Jingle Bells - every child knows this one


Mary Had a Little Lamb - a song with many uses!


Ode to Joy, the famous tune by Beethoven


Pizza Please (Hot Cross Buns) - 3 notes, arranged for each hand


Sharks (3 notes, for left hand) - this is like the Jaws theme song


Snake Charmer - with fun lyrics and a mysterious minor melody


Tarantelle - the spider dance, with silly lyrics about tarantulas


When the Saints Go Marching In - with several arrangements!








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