To those who celebrate, I hope your Halloween is spook-tacular! Here is one of my own favorite Halloween compositions. Enjoy!
"Carol of the Bells" Improv Activity
"Carol of the Bells," the classic Christmas piece by Mykola Leontovych, is always a favorite among my students! I have found that this can also be a great piece for helping students with their improvisational skills.
This "Carol of the Bells" improv worksheet provides a gentle introduction to improvising for elementary students. Since the melodic and harmonic material is already provided, students just have to decide how many times to repeat each section and in which octave they would like to play each section on the piano.
Students are also encouraged to experiment with varying the dynamics and holding the damper pedal as they create their own arrangement of the piece.
Download your own free "Carol of the Bells" improv worksheet HERE, and have fun exploring this holiday favorite with your students this upcoming season!
Christmas Pre-Reading Pieces
Even though Halloween is on the horizon, if you are like me you are probably starting to plan out holiday repertoire for your students. Today I would like to share two simple pre-reading Christmas songs that are perfect for young beginners. These can easily be taught by reading or by rote.
Click on the pictures below to download these pieces. Enjoy!
Chrissy Ricker is a pianist, teacher, and composer from North Carolina. These are her thoughts on teaching, composing, and all things music.
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