Little Drummer Boy
Lyrics and Sheet Music
Little Drummer Boy lyrics and sheet music for late elementary/ early intermediate piano - this easy version with open chords has a full sound, a changing but predictable rhythm, & all the lyrics!
Because this piece is COPYRIGHTED, I cannot offer it to you for free - but you can download a digital copy from SheetMusicPlus.com.
Have a listen to this recording I made of The Little Drummer Boy:
Just as I can't give you the music for free, I also can't SHOW YOU the entire piece. But I can TELL you about it!
The big difficulty for your student
First, the only big difficulty in this arrangement involves the parallel thirds in the right hand that come as the melody gets fancier. The little bit of right hand harmony that is visible in the video is pretty easy; I just write in fingering for my students, and THEY'VE GOT IT.
There will be a couple of spots where they have to lift their fingers and move up or down. Because there is a black key - F# - involved, it will seem tricky at first, but it is not too hard. Help them choose fingering.
To download this piece, please go to SheetMusicPlus.com.
The rhythms in the left hand
Second, the rhythms of the left hand are static or slow, so that right hand complications can be addressed with full attention.
The left hand only moves to come together on beat ONE of each measure, or when right hand stops moving. Examine this closeup view:
To download this piece, please go to SheetMusicPlus.com.
The end of each verse has a rhythm element which is just open chords; listen to the video again to catch that sound:
A Middle-C arrangement for beginners
I've also published a Middle C arrangement. It has eighth notes, but they haven't been a problem for my students. There are also chord symbols above the lines, to facilitate duet-making!
Like the arrangement above, this sheet music is only available at SheetMusicPlus.com. See this beginner version there.
No video for it, but here is what page one looks like:
To download the beginner version, go to this page at SheetMusicPlus.com
To download the intermediate piece, please go here at SheetMusicPlus.com.
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About the Author
Hi, I'm Dana! (Say that like "Anna".) I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com, and a newer site, SingTheBibleStory.com.
Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have 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.