This one took some time. It was hard for me to figure out how to write this so that an older first year student could play it. (Young children don’t have the attention span for this version. Give them the two-verse pre-reading version I posted several years ago.) I didn’t want eighth notes, so I settled on the rhythm you can see above. When played at a fast clip, it sounds correct.
I have included some finger numbers that are useful for such a long piece as this. The right hand thumb is on middle D, and the left hand thumb is on middle C. I realize many beginning students are not comfortable with this hand position, so change it around if you need to. However, more and more teachers are using method books that do not keep both thumbs on middle C, and finding it is a lot more comfortable and easier to keep a rounded hand shape.
When my students play The Twelve Days of Christmas, I tell them to play only 6 verses, not the entire song if they plan to play it for family or friends. I’ve never listened to all 12 verses at a piano lesson, either. Let’s face it, this is a singing song, not really piano playing music! But I’m posting it here because I could not find an easy version for a student who asked for it, and I thought I would share it with you!