Christmas listening lists!

Hi there,

Christmas songs are extremely fruitful for cranking through a lot of repertoire quickly. If the level is easy enough, a student can play through dozens of songs in a month’s time, which is much more productive than usual! By the end of Christmas season, beginner students powering through lots of repertoire have usually improved their technical skills tremendously. Any students doing sing/play with an instrument have usually gained enough confidence performing to proceed with their studies more serious about themselves as a competent singer!

ALAS fewer and fewer young people know any of the carols except for the non-religious standards like Frosty the Snowman or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. These are fun of course, but what could beat God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, We Three Kings, What Child is This, and Do You Hear What I Hear? Some of these are really old, and have delicious tonalities that students go crazy for (such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen). Some also offer excellent opportunity for singing or playing in harmony for families of students that can collaborate at home– such as Do You Hear What I Hear and Carol of the Bells.

SO please get some Christmas music on your home & car playlists. Here are some links to traditional, older, modern! Enjoy.
Something more traditional, but so evocative of my childhood; my dad is crazy about Mario Lanza!
Something newer–Pentatonix does ultra pop modern versions of Xmas tunes that kids might really enjoy, if they are fans of pop music.

Thanks, Rosanna