We Wish You a Merry Christmas, with:
First, a very pretty performance of this usually vigorous holiday music... the identification on the Youtube video said "Coral Polifónica Sagrada Familia (Sa-Fa)":
Here is the new piano solo sheet music, which is aimed at late elementary students. It is shown in the key of F, but I think the key of G is a little bit easier for students to play:
The left hand is full of repeating patterns that can help your piano student catch on to the music sooner:
A full chord, an interval of a fourth.
Another full chord, another interval of a fourth.
Three times it happens, then there's a big change in direction. Spotting patterns always makes learning easier.
A version that is the same, note-for-note, as the one above in G, but with larger notes and a few "helper" lettered music notes, may help your reluctant learners:
You may notice that there are no chord symbols above the chord progressions, as I tend to do. Still, my students and I study each chord, and write it above in pencil. Thus, G... C/G... A... D/A. This helps them to see patterns and analyze.
Now for some beginner Christmas piano music, arranged for first-year piano students:
I have not placed any chord symbols in the arrangement above, but if you wish to turn this into a duet with your student, and can't figure out the chords yourself, cast your eye down the page to the lead sheets, and print out the key of C.
This energetic holiday song lends itself very well to harmony; I'm having two brothers and their older sister sing this as a trio.
They are a family that does not celebrate Christmas, but I want them to learn to sing harmony together, and this piece is a good choice for that - or for a group of instrumentalists.
The duet leaves out the bass notes, and is almost the same - not quite - as the top 2 lines of the trio. Some of the duets are set with bottom lines in the bass clef:
(See farther down the page for the duet links)
...and some of the duets are set entirely in treble staff.
There are two different key of C arrangements of the duets & trios, so take a look at the duet below and compare it with the key of D above, which goes down into bass clef:
Two young violinists or other instrumentalists - even recorder players, will surely find a key that suits them!
Now for the lead sheets with their chord symbols...
You will notice that I couldn't decide which chords I preferred in line two. Both the minor chords and the major chords can sound satisfying, so I decided to include the optional chords!
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