When I was a little girl our family hosted an annual neighborhood Christmas caroling party. My father, a Lutheran pastor, would pull out his trumpet and lead us as we went from door to door singing for anyone who would listen.
My piano teacher, who was Jewish, always received special attention. The evening would conclude with hot chocolate and Christmas cookies at our house.
Ever since then, Christmas music has been special and magical to me. The opportunity to arrange and write these favorites was pure pleasure.
These charming books include teacher, parent or sibling - friendly accompaniments. These are printed at the top of the page which makes the reading easier for both teacher and student. Note that the solo line is printed on the accompaniment so you always know what the student is supposed to be playing. No more looking back and forth!
This Primer Level book includes:
Level One includes:
My father's favorite Christmas Carol was O Little Town of Bethlehem. In his honor, I wrote a haunting, beautiful accompaniment for it. The pieces in this book are a bit harder than the primer, with simple hand position moves and slightly more challenging rhythms. I love teaching Christmas music because it gives so many opportunities to teach the notation for rhythms that students already have heard.
Fancy enough to be played on a recital, but traditional enough to use for a sing-along. My students love these. This arrangement of Joy to the World is always a favorite.
Level Two includes:
I've used this level successfully with many adults. The snazzy introductions make the pieces feel "big" but the arrangements are still quite doable. The Carol of the Bells is always successful and I particularly enjoy teaching this arrangement of Joy to the World which sounds triumphant and truly joyful.
This is a recording of me playing my arrangement of Silent Night from Level Four Christmas.
Perhaps my favorite of all these books is this Level Four book. It has lovely jazzy harmonies, but is put together with attention to detail worthy of an Attention Grabber piece. I've taught each of these pieces to many adults and teenagers who love them. There are splashes of sophisticated art, but this book is all about the music of Christmas. Suitable for all ages.
We created Beginning Piano Christmas Songs for older beginners who wanted to play Christmas music, but wanted it in a refined format.
My adults love to use this book, especially when I join them on the duet parts. The clean, polished layout makes it an excellent choice for adults, teens or 'tweens.