Jolly Old St Nicholas Elementary

Jolly Old St Nicholas Elementary

I arranged this a few years ago for a student who was in-between levels 1 and 2. We wanteds something a little more fancy than just the melody. I am posting it here to share with you. Over the summer I spruced it up a little. I added some color, put Santa on a diet,  and wrote the words to the second verse.

I have a set of jingle bells that I like to play during the introduction and coda while the student plays the song. They won’t miss the rhythm if they think “Jin-gle Bells -rest” as they play the first 3 measures. When the bass has the melody in measure 9, sometimes I’ll sing it as written, and sometimes up an octave with a funny voice. We get really silly and have lots of fun. You can also use it as a learning experience and discuss singing up and down octaves. While it’s old hat to us, it can be a new concept for our young students.

I hope everyone had a wonderful and thankful Thanksgiving! I am thankful for all the teachers who have emailed me with comments and suggestions. It means a lot to me to hear from all of you!

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4 thoughts to “Jolly Old St. Nicholas — Elementary

  • Emily

    Thanks so much for all of your wonderful Christmas music, Susan! My students LOVE all of your holiday music and activities. Again, THANK YOU!

    • susanparadis

      Emily,
      Thank you so much for your comments. Teachers like you who take the time to comment or email me are what keep me posting!
      -Susan

  • Carol Dawn

    Love the bells beginning and end.
    And the fancy bits!!
    Looks like your Santa is jolly enough for having been on a diet!

    Thanks for songs like these.

    • susanparadis

      Thanks, Carol! I appreciate your comments.

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