Twelve Days of Christmas Elementary

Twelve Days of Christmas Elementary

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!

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7 thoughts to “Twelve Days of Christmas

  • Teresa

    Thank you, so much, for these piano pieces you post. Do you have ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ for pre-reading piano students? I’ve been using your other pre-reading Christmas music with great success. My students are so thrilled to be able to be playing Christmas songs when they’ve only begun to play piano. I look forward to your answer.

    • susanparadis

      Teresa,
      Thanks for your suggestion, but legally I can only arrange music that is in the public domain!

  • Betty Patnude

    You, Susan, are the gift that keeps giving us many delightful gems all year long by sharing your productivity with us! Thank you so much! And, a very Merry Holiday and Happy New Year to you!

    • susanparadis

      Thanks so much! I’m just glad that I can share with more than just my own students!

  • carol dawn

    Now it works! Thanks much!! Happy 1st Advent!

  • carol dawn

    Keep getting bounced back to the main menu when trying to download this great-looking piece…

    • susanparadis

      Carol,

      I’m not sure why. Refresh your browser and try again.

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