Christmas Music


[Ed. All of this music has been moved and can be found here. Scroll down to select what you want.]

Today I am posting some Christmas music I’ve arranged for my students over the years. I’m listing it here to share with you.

I’ll try to group it by level. But when it comes to arranging Christmas music, I don’t always stay true to the levels used in method books.  That is not a problem with my students.

Here’s some advice for beginning teachers. Give your students Christmas music that is easier than in their method books, so they can learn several tunes each week. After a few years of lessons, they will know many carols and songs.

Pre-reading-no staff

Jingle Bells

Deck the Halls

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

We Wish You a Merry Christmas Pre-reading

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Away in a Manger-UK melody (a lovely melody by Kirkpatrick that is not well-used in the US, but more common in Canada and the UK)

We Three Kings

Good King Wenceslas

Joy to the World Pre-reading

Early Elementary, on the staff with big notes and no hands together

Jingle Bells

Away in a Manger (traditional US version)

We Three Kings (primer level in middle C position)


We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Silent Night (Teach the dotted note by rote. They can do it!)

Away in a Manger (Kirkpatrick UK version)

Twelve Days of Christmas – 5 pages

Later Elementary

Silent Night

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

Deck the Halls



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13 Responses to Christmas Music

  1. Thank you so much! I especially love the prereading ones. I currently have a 5-year-old student that is still in prereading so doing one or two of your arrangements will be perfect!

    • Susan Paradis

      Lauren, I’m just like you. I don’t push young children into reading notes on the staff until they are ready. Some are ready in a week and some over a year. It depends on the age. I want students to enjoy piano time so they will stick around. If you push them to read too soon, they will get frustrated, not want to practice, and cry at home. When your student is ready, check out that series of beginning pieces I wrote that feature one note at a time. (A is for Alligator, B is for Bears Playing Baseball, etc.) Five-year-olds love those.

  2. Mark

    Thank you Susan! Songs are great!

  3. Judy Knudson

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, Susan! These are wonderful and just perfect for my current group! You are the best!!

    • Susan Paradis

      Thanks so much to all of you who left comments about this Christmas music and donations to help with the server costs. It is very encouraging. I’m sorry if I don’t have versions that fit your needs right now, but I’m always adding more things, so keep checking back!

  4. This is a great list! I’ve been using quite a few of these already, and my students are just getting into Christmas music now. I’m going to share it with my studio so they know where to get great arrangements. Thanks!

  5. Thank you for sharing! Do you have any suggestions or arrangements for black key pre-reading Christmas pieces? I have quite a few little ones right now who are not playing all 5 fingers on the white keys, but I would love to get them some Christmas/winter-type pieces.

  6. Julia T.

    Thank you so much for sharing these, Susan! I was wondering, would it be possible to arrange We Three Kings so that middle C is not shared by both hands? I have some students who are not used to this position and are struggling with alternating their thumbs on middle C.

  7. Philippa

    Thanks so much for all your brilliant resources Susan. I just wondered if you have done any arrangements for 6 or 8 hands at 1 piano?? Many thanks.

    • Susan Paradis

      Yes, I have Philippa. I might be able to get one up this year. As I’ve mentioned before I don’t like to post things until I’ve actually tried them out. And with trios, it is hard to get students together to test them out for me. Would you be interested in giving it a run through?

  8. Thanks for the lovely Christmas songs, Susan! Your site has been a blessing many times this year.