Christmas By Ear: 8 Tunes to Harmonize

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This book of 8 Christmas tunes to harmonize and play by ear includes:

  1. I Saw Three Ships
  2. Away in a Manger
  3. Silent Night
  4. Up On the Housetop
  5. Go Tell it On the Mountain
  6. Jingle Bells
  7. Joy to the World
  8. The First Noel

The overarching goal of this book is to enable piano students to feel like they can sit down and play some of their favorite Christmas tunes anywhere and at any time without notation in front of them.

Students will be encouraged to discern between duple vs. triple meters and major vs. minor tonalities, learn to harmonize using chords, play in a variety of keys, use several accompaniment patterns, and more.

The format encourages the development of audiation, improvisation, and creativity skills by presenting multi-level steps/variations on playing each tune. Each song includes its own checklist so students can use and build on these sheets year after year as their skills progress.

Besides developing skills for playing by ear and playing tunes in a variety of ways, students are also gaining the valuable skill of learning how to play from a chord chart in any key.

Each piece is designed as a two-page spread.

The first page is the “song information” and is designed as a step-by-step guide to be completed in the lesson, walking students through the process of naming what they hear in the piece.

The second page is the chord chart.

This book takes a unique approach to a chord chart in that it is presenting students not with the specific chord names but with roman numerals. This was done in order to support one of the goals of the book – providing a creative opportunity through transposition.

The harmonic indications are written inside a light grey box so students can work through the process of writing in the chord letter names on top of the roman numeral in the key of choice. Thus, teachers could go so far as printing off more than one copy of the same piece for students to translate into a variety of keys.

Each piece includes a list of the variety of ways/difficulty levels students can work toward playing the piece. Some examples include:

  1. Singing + RH chords/LH root octaves
  2. RH playing melody + LH playing chord root harmony
  3. Get creative by transposing, changing up the rhythm, or playing with the melody.

Space is included for check-marking or writing in dates for tracking their creative accomplishments.

Read more here: The Most Versatile Christmas Book You'll Ever Own

Your 34-page STUDIO-LICENSED download includes:

(1) How to Use This Book – Explanations include details from this post along with a few more in-depth details.

(2) 8 Pieces – Two pages per piece as described above.

(3) Notation Appendix – Lead-sheet style notation of each piece intended as a reference for teachers who are more comfortable notation handy.

(4) BONUS Step-by-Step Teaching Tips – A few more step-by-step teaching tips to help walk you through the process.



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