What is "Musicianship Monthly?" Each month, I share links to free resources you can use to focus on a specific musicianship skill with your students all month long! Want to see past skills we have covered? Click HERE!
This month, we will be working on developing our creative accompaniment skills by using lead sheets! I love using lead sheets during the holiday season because it gives students an opportunity to create their own unique arrangements of familiar songs. It's also a perfect vehicle for reviewing chords--I call that a win-win!
Ready to get your FREE Thanksgiving, winter, and Christmas lead sheets? Read on....
Did you know that the lyrics to "Over the River and Through the Woods" were inspired by a Thanksgiving poem written in 1844 by poet Lydia Maria Child?
This traditional tune is a great one for teaching the skill of harmonizing, since it can be played using only the I, IV, and V chords. This lead sheet version gives students the opportunity to choose the chord they think works best and write it into the music.
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The famous "Canon in D" is often associated with the winter season, and it is one of my favorite classics to teach via lead sheet!
I love that the lead sheet format makes it possible for students to create their own customized version of this famous piece depending on their skill level. This piece works equally well using blocked chords, broken chords, or arpeggios--and the repeated chord pattern makes it easy for more advanced students to add extra harmony and fills to the melody line, too!
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The next four easy lead sheets feature well-known Christmas songs. Encourage your students to think outside of the box and create their own unique versions of these festive holiday tunes!
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