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#1786342 - 11/10/11 10:27 AM 'Tis the Season
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Just wondering how many of you have started students on Christmas or other season music selections? In addition, are there favorites which you keep coming back to year after year?

For myself, this week completes initial assignment of carols. I'll try to give students two per week over the next six weeks, so they have a real repertoire to play over the holidays, when families and friends are gathered.

With most of the students, I try to assign music which is at or slightly below their grade level, so they can accumulate a larger repertoire. With a few, I use them as a motivational device to stretch their skills (as opposed to cementing skills which is what is happening in the former case).
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#1786391 - 11/10/11 11:57 AM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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Our local MTAC branch has a Christmas event at a local mall, so yes, I've started most of my students on Christmas music. I don't participate in it every year, but this fall seemed especially busy so I opted for that instead of a traditional recital. Seems like everyone wants to play Carol of the Bells this year!
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#1786397 - 11/10/11 12:07 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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Yes - just started this week. The young ones clamor for Jingle Bells, the adults clamor for Christmastime is Here or Linus and Lucy, tweens and teens really don't display preferences - most of the Faber books are fine for them.

+1 for the motivational/stretching angle!
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#1786410 - 11/10/11 12:42 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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I started a few weeks ago. I actually assign more difficult pieces, as I use them in the recital, and take advantage of that motivation to make some good progress. In general, my primer level kids need a month to perfect/memorize their pieces, level 1 gets 6-8 weeks, and higher than that gets 2+ months.

I allow students to choose their own piece, except for Rudolph and Jingle Bells. But if the piece has already been chosen, they have to choose something else. The only pieces that happened with this year were Silent Night and Jingle Bell Rock. I do have students every year playing Rudolph and Jingle Bells, but they are my assignment, not their choice. The student who is assigned it is always very excited. They feel special!

I have dozens and dozens of Christmas books and spread them out by level on my dining room table, and kids browse through them to choose.

Choices this year have ranged from things like Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, Grinch, and Santa Baby, to Nutcracker pieces, to more traditional carols. I'm always surprised at the choices. One young student asked for Toyland. (Took me awhile to find a level that was appropriate for her.) My Buddhist student asked for Silent Night, but that was already taken, so she's playing Let it Snow instead.

Some of my favorite books this year (for my older students) are "Bach Around the Christmas Tree", Martha Mier's "Christmas Jazz, Rags, and Blues," and Melody Bober's "Popular Christmas Melodies." I've had good success for younger students with the Alfred Christmas books.
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#1786420 - 11/10/11 01:08 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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I do Christmas music every other year, so this year I'm not teaching any.
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#1786427 - 11/10/11 01:21 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: AZNpiano]
John v.d.Brook Offline
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Originally Posted By: AZNpiano
I do Christmas music every other year, so this year I'm not teaching any.

That's interesting. How do your students feel about it, or do they just not say anything?
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#1786483 - 11/10/11 02:20 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
Wendy Stevens Offline
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I started my kiddos on Christmas music last week and even started listening to Christmas music at my house this week!

Like John, I'd like my students to have a list of polished repertoire to play over the holidays for family and friends. With most, they are happy to have books right at, or slightly below their level so that they can do this. But, I have to say that a few of my students want music that is much harder than they can play! Those are the challenging ones...

Carol of the Bells and Little Drummer Boy are always favorites in my studio
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#1786503 - 11/10/11 02:47 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
AZNpiano Online   sleepy
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Originally Posted By: John v.d.Brook
Originally Posted By: AZNpiano
I do Christmas music every other year, so this year I'm not teaching any.

That's interesting. How do your students feel about it, or do they just not say anything?

Most of my students don't go to church. I've tried to use Christmas music to motivate them. It doesn't work.
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#1786520 - 11/10/11 03:09 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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I'm getting our Christmas books out for next week, after the fall recital on Saturday. Some students said this week that they already got out last year's book to get started. smile I love Christmas music, although I haven't attended church in about 22 years. Go figure.
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#1786531 - 11/10/11 03:22 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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My students absolutely love Christmas music. Some parents are even more excited than the kids, as they listen to their kids practicing.

I actually started Christmas music the first week of October since I take off the full week of Thanksgiving. Our recital is also the beginning of December (another reason to start early).

Favorite arrangements/books:

Faber's 'Christmas For All Time' Bk 2

FJH's 'Christmas Treasures' series - Bk 1 faves are 'Ukrainian Bell Carol' and 'The First Noel'

Christmas Memories series (Melody Bober)

'Mary Did You Know?'

David Lanz's "Christmas Eve" folio (easy piano version) - although it's listed as 'easy piano', it's more intermediate sounding and new-agey. Love his CD of the same title.

Tran Siberian Orchestra's 'Ukrainian Bell Carol' - one of my students found an arrangement online and is tackling it this season.
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#1786562 - 11/10/11 04:24 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: AZNpiano]
John v.d.Brook Offline
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Originally Posted By: AZNpiano
Originally Posted By: John v.d.Brook
Originally Posted By: AZNpiano
I do Christmas music every other year, so this year I'm not teaching any.

That's interesting. How do your students feel about it, or do they just not say anything?

Most of my students don't go to church. I've tried to use Christmas music to motivate them. It doesn't work.

Last time I checked, Grandma got run over by a Raindeer wasn't church music!
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#1786592 - 11/10/11 05:06 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: AZNpiano]
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Originally Posted By: AZNpiano
I do Christmas music every other year, so this year I'm not teaching any.

Bah humbug!!! laugh

I teach nothing for Christmas until I am paid for the month of December. smile

And I LOVE students who do NOT want to play Christmas music!!!!!!!!!!!
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#1786620 - 11/10/11 06:26 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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Holiday music? Winter music? New Year's music?
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#1786636 - 11/10/11 06:49 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: Minniemay]
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Originally Posted By: Minniemay
Holiday music? Winter music? New Year's music?
Summer music? laugh
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#1786662 - 11/10/11 07:47 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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Originally Posted By: John v.d.Brook

Last time I checked, Grandma got run over by a Raindeer wasn't church music!


Haha! laugh Something tells me it wouldn't go over very well, anyhow!
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#1786710 - 11/10/11 09:05 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: MsAdrienne]
John v.d.Brook Offline
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Originally Posted By: MsAdrienne
Originally Posted By: John v.d.Brook

Last time I checked, Grandma got run over by a Raindeer wasn't church music!


Haha! laugh Something tells me it wouldn't go over very well, anyhow!

What - no rednecks in your neck of the woods? Many of my students love it, and if you have Garrison Keilor's song book, you can teach them alternate verses to many standard carols. Or look them up on the Internet.

Here's some alternate verses to Jingle Bells:

Dashing through the snow in my rusty Chevrolet.
Down the road I go, sliding all the way.
I need new piston rings. I need some new snow tires.
My car is held together by a piece of chicken wire!

Refrain:

Oh, rust and smoke, the heater's broke, the door just blew away.
I light a match to see the dash and then I start to pray-ay.
The frame is bent, the muffler went, the radio's okay.
Oh, what fun it is to drive this rusty Chevrolet!

I went to IGA to get some Christmas cheer.
I just passed up my left front tire and it's gettin' hard to steer.
Speeding down the highway, right past the county cops.
I have to drag my swampers just to get the car to stop.

Refrain:

Bouncing through the snowdrifts in a big, blue cloud of smoke.
People laugh as I drive by; I wonder what's the joke!
I have to get to Wal-Mart to pick up my layaway,
Cause Santa's comin' soon in his big, old, rusty sleigh!

Refrain:
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#1786751 - 11/10/11 10:01 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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Haha! No, John, I only meant it wouldn't go over well in church! laugh In Lexington.... I think they play it on the radio stations all season.
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#1786767 - 11/10/11 10:35 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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Funny you asked that question today because....I just picked out holiday books for my students tonight at the music store.

I started Christmas music with one student about 3 weeks ago, because she requested it. Two others began last week. They are working very hard on these pieces!

I will be starting with all the others this week.
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#1786790 - 11/10/11 11:15 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: Gisele]
John v.d.Brook Offline
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Oh, tonight was my last student to start carols. He rather enjoyed Deck the Halls, or rather, Douse the Halls. Lyrics:

Douse the halls with gasoline. Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Strike a match and watch it gleam. Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Burn the school right down to ashes. Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Aren't you glad you play with matches? Fa la la la la, la la la la.


Have to confess - this is my favorite time of year!
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#1786954 - 11/11/11 08:34 AM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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I handed out everyone a christmas carol book last week (my gift to them, but actually included in their registration fee) and they have each chosen a piece to start on. Our Holiday playing party is on December 9th, so it's definitely not too early to get started!

John, those lyrics are crazy!
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#1787101 - 11/11/11 02:17 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: Stanny]
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Originally Posted By: Stanny
I handed out everyone a christmas carol book last week (my gift to them, but actually included in their registration fee)


Like you, I buy each student a Christmas book too. Cost me about $300. Does come out of yearly fee. Sort of.

I actually told my students to practice their "Christmas songs" in July! And guess what, some of them actually did! [thumbs] Go figure! On a hot day in summer, their parents were a bit confused! Okay,. . .a LOT confused! grin


Edited by Diane... (11/11/11 02:20 PM)
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#1787169 - 11/11/11 04:44 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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Originally Posted By: John v.d.Brook
Oh, tonight was my last student to start carols. He rather enjoyed Deck the Halls, or rather, Douse the Halls. Lyrics:

Douse the halls with gasoline. Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Strike a match and watch it gleam. Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Burn the school right down to ashes. Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Aren't you glad you play with matches? Fa la la la la, la la la la.


Have to confess - this is my favorite time of year!



ROFL! wow, reading this from a piano teacher, no less, makes me feel a whole lot better about my 9 year old son!
I was waiting for HIM to mature.... smile
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#1787173 - 11/11/11 04:51 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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Originally Posted By: John v.d.Brook
Oh, tonight was my last student to start carols. He rather enjoyed Deck the Halls, or rather, Douse the Halls. Lyrics:

Douse the halls with gasoline. Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Strike a match and watch it gleam. Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Burn the school right down to ashes. Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Aren't you glad you play with matches? Fa la la la la, la la la la.


Have to confess - this is my favorite time of year!


One to add:

We three kings of orient are
One in a taxi, one in a car
One on his scooter, blowing his hooter,
Smoking a big cigar.
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#1787199 - 11/11/11 05:19 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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These suggestions are wonderful, but incendiary. I have had to give up certain pieces because I could not get through them without unseemly laughter.

Don't ask for the specifics, it would never get by the PW auto-censor.
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#1787206 - 11/11/11 05:36 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: Jeff Clef]
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Originally Posted By: Jeff Clef

Don't ask for the specifics, it would never get by the PW auto-censor.


Go on, you've got to now! laugh Spit it out.
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#1787234 - 11/11/11 06:16 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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I'm in full-on Christmas mode as well. Many of my kids do their traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, and that's their prime opportunity to showcase their talents to their Grandparents and the rest of the family. It seems I can never start the Christmas music too early, but I've definitely started it too late sometimes.

FYI, the most recent episode of my podcast featured four of my favorite holiday pieces to work on with students (intermediate to early advanced levels). I play through each of the pieces on the podcast so you can hear what they sound like, although many of you have probably taught them already. Monday's new episode will also feature two more Christmas arrangements by Eugenie Rocherolle.

You can listen at www.RepertoireReview.com
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#1787243 - 11/11/11 06:28 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: Diane...]
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Originally Posted By: Diane...
I actually told my students to practice their "Christmas songs" in July! And guess what, some of them actually did! [thumbs] Go figure! On a hot day in summer, their parents were a bit confused! Okay,. . .a LOT confused! grin
Down here where everything is upside-down, we have a feast known in many places as Yulefest. It's an attempt to have a northern hemisphere type Christmas, with, you know, cold weather and hot food. As opposed to our usual December Christmas, which is hot weather and cold food. smile Anyway, guest houses, restaurants, social groups all have Yulefest functions, and Christmas songs/carols definitely get played and sung in July.
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#1787259 - 11/11/11 07:27 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: Luke in ChiTown]
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Originally Posted By: Luke in ChiTown


FYI, the most recent episode of my podcast featured four of my favorite holiday pieces to work on with students (intermediate to early advanced levels). I play through each of the pieces on the podcast so you can hear what they sound like, although many of you have probably taught them already. Monday's new episode will also feature two more Christmas arrangements by Eugenie Rocherolle.

You can listen at www.RepertoireReview.com


Very nice, and good to put a voice with a face!
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#1787468 - 11/12/11 08:22 AM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: Luke in ChiTown]
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Originally Posted By: Luke in ChiTown
Monday's new episode will also feature two more Christmas arrangements by Eugenie Rocherolle.

You can listen at www.RepertoireReview.com


Luke, thanks for the link! Very nice.
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#1787470 - 11/12/11 08:30 AM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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i have quite a collection of beginner to intermediate Christmas books for my kiddies. I do have one advanced student and other than 'Bach around the Christmas Tree' I really have no advanced literature. so thanks for the suggestions i guess.. and any more that might come my way.

i don't really like showing off at the holidays and keep my music of service quality.. accompanying others.
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#1787546 - 11/12/11 11:43 AM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: apple*]
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Originally Posted By: apple*
I don't really like showing off at the holidays and keep my music of service quality.. accompanying others.


Well, I practice Christmas carols in July, & have told my student's to do the same, because last year one of my student's parents asked if I would play an hour of Christmas carols at a dinner for over 300 people. I said yes, but wish now I had had some jazzy Christmas pieces memorized instead of just the traditional carols. Some of those Christmas carols just don't work that easily "Joy to the World" being on of those tunes that just gets my fingers all tangled up. So not trying to "show off" just that being ready can be a good thing, especially when there are 300 people there. How does a teacher say "no" when it's a parent who's asking. So traditional carols are okay, but I need to have "jazzy" carols really good & ready. And, no I did't get paid.

So practicing in July. Rather, memorizing some "show off" Christmas Jazz pieces is not just expected, but a MUST! Should have taken all my students there instead of just me. Showing off? Ohe yes, times like that I want to be overly ready & yes "show off"! But one has to be ready, really ready to pull that off!!! Especially when there are over 300 people! and when you are being introduced as "this is my children's piano teacher"! grin

My jazz teacher had 450 songs memorized just for events like that, but he also charged $400 an hour too! At that price, one has to "show off"!!! grin Maybe practice Christmas music in July . . . & August!!!
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#1787628 - 11/12/11 02:09 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: Diane...]
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Originally Posted By: Diane...

Well, I practice Christmas carols in July, & have told my student's to do the same, because last year one of my student's parents asked if I would play an hour of Christmas carols at a dinner for over 300 people. I said yes, but wish now I had had some jazzy Christmas pieces memorized instead of just the traditional carols. Some of those Christmas carols just don't work that easily "Joy to the World" being on of those tunes that just gets my fingers all tangled up. So not trying to "show off" just that being ready can be a good thing, especially when there are 300 people there. How does a teacher say "no" when it's a parent who's asking. So traditional carols are okay, but I need to have "jazzy" carols really good & ready. And, no I did't get paid.

I use September and October for "spooky" songs, November for songs that could be about "thanks" or "being grateful".

Then December for Christmas. That helps me get PAID in December. wink
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#1787632 - 11/12/11 02:14 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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My piano tech plays selections from A Charlie Brown Christmas, from memory. Both jazzy and soothing, if maybe just a little sad. But gorgeous.

Of course, there's always Santa Baby to fall back on. You won't find that one in the hymnbook!
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#1787641 - 11/12/11 02:45 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: Jeff Clef]
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Originally Posted By: Jeff Clef
My piano tech plays selections from A Charlie Brown Christmas, from memory. Both jazzy and soothing, if maybe just a little sad. But gorgeous.

Of course, there's always Santa Baby to fall back on. You won't find that one in the hymnbook!


Well I "sing" Santa Baby better than I play it on the piano wink

Well I have an amazing collection of jazzy Christmas stuff now that I just have to get time to know without having to read it. Silver Bells is a crowd pleaser, & that one I have at the tip of my fingers & "Let it Snow" another favourite, & I jazz that up, but I think I have 20 different jazzy versions of "Silent Night" . . . I just gotta learn one. But you have to play them all before you can honesttly know which one is the coolest!!! grin So much great Christmas music out there. Geesh, times have changed!!!


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#1787670 - 11/12/11 03:47 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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Times have changed indeed, since the Pilgrims forbade observing Christmas, by law, as sinful. And it could land you in the stocks.

If they had known about Santa, Baby... well, who knows. And I can only imagine how subversive Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree might have been to a culture that didn't hold with Christmas Trees.
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#1787722 - 11/12/11 05:28 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: Jeff Clef]
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Originally Posted By: Jeff Clef
Times have changed indeed, since the Pilgrims forbade observing Christmas, by law, as sinful. And it could land you in the stocks.

If they had known about Santa, Baby... well, who knows. And I can only imagine how subversive Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree might have been to a culture that didn't hold with Christmas Trees.


Yes, "Santa Baby" is a bit provocative!!! I have not taught it to any students. But husbands might enjoy their wives singing it to them . . . in their bedrooms. grin I have sung it publicly, so maybe I shouldn't from now on.

I do enjoy jazzy Christmas music though. I love playing it & listening to it!!! My students enjoy playing it too.

Had one student last year play a jazzy Christmas song at his school at an Christmas event. (Any students who could play the piano from his Grade 8 class were asked to perform), just before he was set to play, reading his music, his mom came up to him with her "flash" camera & flashed him right in the eyes. He had to sit back down till he no longer saw the bright light in his eyes. (This is another excellent reason why student's should have Christmas music MEMORIZED. grin


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#1793540 - 11/21/11 05:54 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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"A Charlie Brown Christmas" easy book arrived today. There are some lovely pieces in this book!!! I already have the piano solo book with same title.

I'll stick with the piano solo book for "Linus and Lucy", and "Skating". Other than that, I'll use the "easy" version. They sound great and are more manageable for me. It also helps having the piano solo book, so I know more how to enhance the "easy" version of "Linus and Lucy" for students.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" is definitely in the favorites category!
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#1793609 - 11/21/11 07:55 PM Re: 'Tis the Season [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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Originally Posted By: John v.d.Brook
Just wondering how many of you have started students on Christmas or other season music selections? In addition, are there favorites which you keep coming back to year after year?


Wish I had seen this post when you first posted - then maybe I would have started Christmas music a bit sooner. I always wait and then wish I hadn't.

Thanks to everyone for some good suggestions - and to Luke for your reviews and samples. So helpful. I'll order new music tomorrow!

Two of our favorites are:
Carol of the Bells Fantasy, intermediate duet arranged by Robert Vandall;
Go, Tell It on the Mountain, 6 advanced duets arranged by Victor Labenske (the title piece is the best!); and any versions of Charlie Brown Christmas Music.
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