11 Dec Holiday Music For Beginning Students
By now, you know we love this time of year with all of the holiday music and special live performances but this is also a great time to be a beginning music student.
Not only are “Jingle Bells,” “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” and “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” as well as “I Have A Little Dreidel” familiar to young children they are also relatively easy to play on the piano. In fact, the youngest musicians don’t have to know how to read music — what is known as the pre-reading stage — they can play by numbers. These songs are also good for beginning students because they stay within a five note range.
“That’s important because a student can play all the notes with one hand without moving their hand position, so it keeps things very simple,” says teacher Charissa Vaughn-Wheeler.
Teacher Brad Hubisz assigns similar music during the holidays and other familiar favorites — “Mary Had A Little Lamb” and “Yankee Doodle” — during the rest of the year.
“It gives them a sense of accomplishment very early on, being able to play something they recognize without yet having to read notation,” he says.
If you would like to expand your selection of holiday music, there are many beginner Christmas piano books for sale including this one and this one. The number of Chanukah books is not as vast but this is an option. The more advanced students can also pick any song through the iReal Pro app that we recently blogged about.
So, start practicing and maybe your family can have some live music during the holidays!
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