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Throwback Thursday – Christmas or Music Vocabulary Words

Christmas Tree Vocabulary

Christmas or Music Vocabulary Color

Christmas or Music Vocabulary B&W

Today’s Throwback Thursday is Christmas or Music Vocabulary, a fun worksheet for music classes. It is a good thing to pass out in your Christmas group lessons while you wait for everyone to show up. It is also a fun party activity for students to work on together. I made a black and white version for classroom teachers to pass out in music classes. However, the color version doesn’t use as much ink as it seems to because the tree is not solid green.

And don’t forget, you can always print one copy and slip it inside a clear plastic page protector. Then use a wet or dry erase marker on the page protector. Plus, when you put it in a page protector, it makes it easy to store in a binder so you can find it later!

On this worksheet, the Christmas tree is strung with various words. Some are words from Christmas around the world. Others are music vocabulary words students should know. There is one word which can be both. Who will be your first student to discover that an “ornament” is a musical embellishment as well as something you put on your tree!

I first posted this 7 years ago. Where has the time gone! If you printed it back then you might notice I listed one word two times, and that has been fixed!

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Hanukkah Music Resources

Hanukkah Music Printables

Today is the first day of Hanukkah, so I thought I’d post some free Hanukkah printables.  I would be really happy if they made some little piano students happy! If you are a classroom teacher, you have my permission to use them with your students. Please don’t email the digital files to anyone, but instead send the link to this page.

Hanukkah or Music

Hanukkah or Music

In the fun sheet above, students distinguish between music vocabulary and Hanukkah associated words.

Happy Hanukkah Vocabulary

Happy Hanukkah Vocabulary


Color the Hanukkah Gift

Color The Hanukkah Gift


Menorah Candles Worksheet

Menorah Candles Worksheet


Name the Dreidel Notes

Name the Dreidel Notes


Golden Menorah Composing Activity

Golden Menorah Composing Activity





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Jingle Bells with Rhythm Instruments – Free Download

Jingle Bells Duet with instruments

Today’s post is a throwback of a free arrangement of Jingle Bells that I made a few years ago for a Christmas group lesson.  The score includes a short piano solo with a very easy left hand only duet part for piano and parts for rhythm instruments. The individual parts for rhythm instruments can be printed for each instrument so students can get a little taste of what it is like playing in a band or orchestra.

I was planning on posting this last week, but life interfered. Not only do I have a brand new grandson, but in the process of changing servers, my site was down for a while. The baby is great, so cute and cuddly, and this site is working better!  When you have a site this big, with so many huge files and years and years of material, any change seems to create a big problem, and when you fix one problem, it causes another one. I’m not technological by any means!

If you are having group lessons this week or next, there is still time to print this for your students. The rhythm instrument parts are for beginners and no practice is necessary.

The piano part also stands alone as a piano solo without the duet or the rhythm instruments. Or you can use a piano part out of a Christmas book.

The easy one hand duet part (which is actually an accompaniment) can also be played on an electric bass, a keyboard, melody bells or any other tuned instrument that sounds good with your piano.

What I like about this arrangement is that there is something for everyone, so if you happen to have group lessons with all levels, every student will have something to do.

I also thought this would be fun for a musical family to play when they get together for the holidays. If you don’t have any rhythm instruments, improvise with whatever you have around the house! I use my set of rhythm instruments frequently in my teaching, but especially around the Christmas holidays!

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PopCorn Snowman Christmas Gift

Popcorn Snowman Christmas Gift

PopCorn Snowman

This microwave popcorn snowman is a fun and easy gift for your students. I don’t know about your family, but mine were forever losing their gloves, so I always had a supply in my coat closet.

I made this craft for less than the cost of a nice-sized candy bar from the grocery store! I’m not sure where I first saw the idea, maybe Pinterest, and I thought it was so cute that I used it for piano student gifts one year.

All you have to do is print and then cut out the snowman face. (Your students might notice it is the same snowman I drew for the snowman bingo game I posted last week!) Each snowman uses one individual package of microwave popcorn, and I bought mine at a discount store. Cut out the snowman PDF posted above, and wrap it around the popcorn package. I taped the back with double-sided tape but you can use any tape or glue.

The “hat” for the snowman is a pair of stretch, one-size-fits-all gloves that I bought at a dollar store. Take one glove and stuff it into the other, then use colored ribbon to tie the fingers together to look like the top of a stocking hat. Puff out the inside glove to make it look more like a stocking hat. My older teens liked the black colored gloves, and I also used blue, pink, and green.

That’s it, the easiest craft ever.

When I gave these to my students, one little guy looked up with real big eyes and asked me where I bought the glove. He solemnly told me he needed to know so that his mother could take him to the store and buy a glove for the other hand! So be sure and tell your students the other glove is stuffed inside! Even my older students were surprised to find out the hat wasn’t just a decoration! I wish I could remember all the cute things my students have said over the years!

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