This Jingle Bells Rote and Reading piece is designed for beginning piano students. The main Jingle Bells tune can be easily read as it’s in C position. And the introduction and the ending can be easily taught by rote! Jingle Bells Rote and Reading is pattern-based and very easy to teach.
An idea about how to teach Jingle Bells Rote and Reading™
Here are some tips for teaching Jingle Bells Rote and Reading™ to young students, though it can be used for any age. I tried this out with my own daughter the other day and got fabulous results (I’m using the name Trixie for privacy issues)!
“Hey, Trixie, are you good at patterns?”
“Yes!” Trixie says nodding her head with an excited glimmer in her eyes.
“Can you repeat this pattern back to me?” I then made up an easy pattern “1 2 3 1 2 3 1.” She did it easily. “Okay, how about this one? 1122112” Easy peasy.
“Here’s the pattern: 1 2 3 4 | 1 2 3 4 | 1 2 3 1” Trixie easily repeats this pattern back to me. I ask her to do it one more time to make sure she knows it.
Then I tell her that we’re going to play one of her other pieces right now and then come back and see if she can remember it in a few minutes. Trixie’s excited eyes tell me that she has accepted the challenge! We do another piece and even talk about other things and then I ask,
“Do you remember the pattern I taught you?” She says yes and accurately repeats it back to me.
“Now guess what! That’s all you need to learn the pattern for this cool new Jingle Bells piece.” I then show her that the first 1 2 3 4 is played with a G and the next 1 2 3 4 is played with an A and then back to G and then A for the last 1. [It’s much easier to show than use words.]
We then practiced the little pattern and she got it right away!
What was funny though was that every day after that, my daughter has randomly walked up to me, looked into my eyes with a gleaming smile and blurted out, “1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 1!” She was sooo proud that she could remember the complicated pattern that she can’t help but remind me every day that she’s got it!
Obviously the main part of the composition where the Jingle Bells tune is located is in C position. And because it’s a familiar tune, students can usually get this even if they are just learning it. The only time the hands play together are repeated notes, so they are very easy to do, but contribute to a full sounding piece.
Other pieces in the Holiday Rote and Reading Series
Don’t forget to look at the other popular pieces in the Reading and Rote series. The African Adventure Bundle is one of the most popular things in the ComposeCreate store. Kids, teens, and adults love the BIG sounds they make with this music!