Christmas Music: Songs from Around the World for the Music Room {2016}

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I’m super about this bundle of Christmas songs from around the world! These are a few of my favorites to get us started (maybe we’ll add more next year with another set!) Please note that the songs are folk songs and song notation will be included for each song, but there will not be any MP3 files.

Here’s what is included this file:

• 16 Christmas songs from varying countries. Each song will come with the following:

o Teaching PDF, which will include the following (when applicable):

• lyric slides

• beat slides

• rhythm preparation slides

• rhythm presentation slides

• rhythm practice slides

• melody preparation slides

• melody presentation slides

• melody practice slides

• absolute pitch slides

o song notation with any game instructions that the song might have, included within the teaching PDF.

o a game that practices reading melodic or rhythmic elements that are presenting in the song content that it corresponds with.

o maybe more? Some songs lend themselves to more activities and some don’t. When there’s more to add I will!

• Christmas Foods From Around the World: A Christmas themed game set for melodic practice, exclusive to this set. (one game for every melodic element)

• Christmas Traditions From Around the World: A Christmas themed game set for rhythmic practice, exclusive to this set. (one game for every melodic element)

Songs included in this file:

Christmas Day is Come/Irish Carol (Ireland)-

-two versions of the song with melodic practice slides fo re (pentatonic), low so and ti; rhythmic practice slides for ta ti-ti with slurs and anacrusis (including tom-ti and incomplete syncopated rhythms);

- Irish Melody Games to practice re (pentatonic patterns) and low so

Santa’s Arrival {All the World is Clads in White} (Hungary) with slides for practicing ta ti-ti and do pentatonic. Additionally there are 4 melody games and 8 rhythm games.

Santa Claus, You Good Old Man (Netherlands), Mystery Song for practicing decoding of tim-ka and fa; beat strips for beat tracking with early readers

Jolly Red Nose (England) and ostinato composition cards

We’re Coming to Greet You (Puerto Rico) to teach anacrusis and practice singing in minor. Also included: "Holiday Rhythms" games (4) to practice anacrusic patterns (and introduce instruments that are native to Puerto Rico with the option to add the patterns as an ostinato to the song.

Fum, Fum, Fum (Spain) for practicing tim-ka, mixed meter and harmonic minor. Additionaly, rhythm reading games that also teach about the tradition of Caga Tió, for tim-ka with bonus games for rest, tika-tika and syncopa.

Pat a Pan (France) for practicing anacrusis and minor reading with "si." Additionally, two rhythm and melody reading games, "Drum and Fife Patterns."

Santa Lucia (Italy) with lyrics in Italian, Swedish and their translations. Also included is a PDF with Roman numeral chords and chords in C Major to accompany the song.

Kling Glöckchen (Germany) for practice reading fa (isolated in the first phrase) and the altered tone "fi" in the entire song; preparation, presentation and practice of tika-tika. Also 6 "Bell Pattern" games to read tika-tika

Nu är det Jul igen (Sweden) for tim-ka in 3 meter and reading a song in major. Additionally, 4 levels of Jul Rhythms in 3 meter (both with and without note heads)

Éste Sí Que Es Nochebuena (Mexico) for anacrusis and fa in the m-f-s-l tone set. Included are beat tracking strips for your littles.

Minka (Ukrain) for reading and singing in minor. Two "Pavuchky" themed games for reading minor with "si." (Pavuchky is the Christmas spider)

V Lesu Rodilas Yolochka (Russia) for reading fa in the s,l, drmfs tone set and anacrusis. Aslo included are 6 melodic reading games for fa, low so and low la

Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella (France) for 3/4 reading (augmentation of original 3/8 meter) and reading in major, also tone ladders for melodic practice

¡Vamos, Pastorcitos! (Columbia) and meter sorting activity

Huron Carol (Canada)

If you like this file you might also enjoy:

Songs for the Holidays, Winter and Beyond, 2015 Set

25 Music Games for Christmas, Winter and Beyond 2015 Edition

How to Build a Snow Globe, Bundled Set

Christmas Beat Strips

Santa’s Rhythm Racers, Bundle #1

A Bundle of Christmas PowerPoints, PDFs and Activities for the Music Room

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