This set of Color Chord-inated holiday songs arranged for boomwhackers and/or bells includes: Over the River and Through the Wood (chord accompaniment), Jingle Bells (chord accompaniment), We Wish You a Merry Christmas (chord accompaniment), Jolly Old Saint Nicholas (chord accompaniment and melody on staff), and Up on the House Top (chord accompaniment and melody on staff). Detailed instructions and Color Chord-inated staff and chord charts are also included. These slides may be projected or color printed.
The chordal arrangements are designed to enable students to sing while accompanying themselves. The melodies on the staff are simple and may be played as an instrumental stand-alone piece or as an instrumental interlude combined with singing and chords. Melodies can also be played by one group (bells, Boomwhackers, or recorders) while another group plays the chords.
Give one Boomwhacker or bell to each student and explore the chords, helping them identify which chords their notes belong to and when they should and should not play. Practice individual chords to a steady beat; then practice chord changes and add singing. If you have resonator bells (individual tone bells) that are not color coded, you can apply colored stickers to the resonator boxes.
Because the notes "G, A and B" are not exactly the same for Boom-whackers® and KidsPlay Hand Bells, I have included letter names in the note heads on the title pages and colored the notes a shade between the two. This way you can use these materials for both types of instruments. If you'd like me to tweak colors, just email me, and I'll be glad to.
You might also be interested in these similar materials:
Color Chord-inated CHRISTMAS CAROLS for Bells or Boomwhackers
Rhymes and Chimes for Christmas Time
Jolly Old St. Nicholas Musi-Kit
Up on the Housetop Musi-Kit
Jingle Bells Musi-Kit for Bells/Boomwhacker, Recorder, and or Uke