Performing holiday music for friends, relatives and in church services is a wonderful way to motivate children to practice and help them build a sense of pride in their accomplishments. Playing holiday tunes will also help students to develop better reading skills.
Teachers: Utilize these books to work on sight reading skills in group classes and in private lessons. Less experienced students can first learn the melody lines and then tackle the harmony parts.
Here are suggestions for the best Christmas sheet music with links to purchase.
(Note: prices are subject to change)
Suzuki Late book 1 students
Christmas and Chanukah Ensembles. This collection of 23 holiday favorites will not only motivate beginning string students in the classroom, but will also encourage home chamber music sessions. The flexible format allows the book to be used with any combination of instruments, from a solo player with piano accompaniment to a full string ensemble. Correlated with specific pages in the Strictly Strings method. $6.95 (Printed in score form)
Christmas and Chanukah Ensembles for violin
Christmas and Chanukah Ensembles for viola
Christmas and Chanukah Ensembles for cello
Christmas and Chanukah Ensembles, piano accomp.
Suzuki book 2/3 students
Christmas Kaleidoscope, vol. 1 by Robert Frost. Orchestral Collection or Ensemble. This collection is in friendly keys and is written in score form for 3 violins (or 3 celli or violas) The score format can be a bit of a problem for new readers but the font size is large and usually children can easily adjust. The great thing about this collection is that it can be played as a solo, duet, trio or with a single instrument and piano. (you must purchase the piano accomp. part) The parts are interchangeable, so the cello parts can combine with violin or viola parts. $3.95 (Printed in score form)
Suzuki book 3 students
Christmas Kaleidoscope, vol. 2 by Robert Frost. Orchestral Collection or Ensemble. See description for volume 1. Keys become a bit more challenging for strings (flats) and more complex rhythms and meters. $3.95 (printed in score form)
My Very Best Christmas (17 Violin Solos, Duets and a Play-Along CD on Christmas favorites) Arranged by Karen Khanagov. Violin songbook and accompaniment CD for violin solo (or duet) and piano accompaniment. Beginning. 82 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications Inc. includes piano part and CD acccomp.
Suzuki book 4 and up
Festive Strings for Ensemble arranged by Joanne Martin. Published by Alfred Music Publishing $6.95 (Printed in score form, but first violin/viola/cello parts are available. Book 3 students can play along in group class if they are looking at the "solo" parts for each book.)
Festive Strings is a collection of well-known Christmas and Chanukah melodies arranged to meet the needs of individuals, groups and orchestras. In order to provide flexibility, the collection is available in a number of instrumentations, all of which are compatible with each other. Accessible keys have been used and shifting is kept to a minimum. Titles are: Jingle Bells in D Major * Joy to the World * Chanukah * Away in a Manger * Jolly Old Saint Nicholas * God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen * S'Vivon * Jingle Bells in A Major * Lo, How a Rose * O Christmas Tree.
- piano accompaniments work with all solo and ensemble collections.
- Ensemble collections will show in score form
- Solo melody parts are also available for each instrument
- Can be purchased for string quartet/orchestra, but these parts DO NOT integrate with the ensemble parts
Festive Strings, piano accomp.
More Festive Strings is a collection of well-known Christmas and Chanukah melodies arranged to meet the needs of individuals, groups and orchestras. In order to provide flexibility, the collection is available in a number of instrumentations, all of which are compatible with each other. Accessible keys have been used and shifting is kept to a minimum. Titles are: O Chanukah * Angels We Have Heard on High * We Three Kings * Silent Night in D Major * We Wish You a Merry Christmas * O Come All Ye Faithful * Dreydl * Silent Night in G Major * Good King Wenceslas * What Child Is This (Greensleeves).
More Festive Strings, piano accomp.
Suzuki Book 6 and up
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas for violin and piano
Challenging and lots of fun. Requires great rhythmic skills and an excellent pianist.
Ms. Freeman is very active as a performer, teacher and entrepreneur. She created and directed a very successful Suzuki string program at the first charter school in the state of Maryland, the Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School, from 2004-2011. She is also the director of the Maryland Talent Education Center which is located in Frederick and Mount Airy Maryland and a member of the violin/viola faculty at Peabody Institute in the Preparatory Division. In addition to her administrative and teaching positions, she is the principal viola for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and a member of the National Philharmonic. Ms. Freeman has had several articles published in the American Suzuki Journal.
Ms. Freeman is also the founder and CEO of Molto Legato LLC, a new media company for the classical music industry. . Molto Legato has a video division that created a DVD series that violin students use at home to help with practice as well as documentaries like "What is a Suzuki Festival," "Suzuki Founders in the US" and an interview with Suzuki patriarch, John Kendall. These documentaries and many masterclasses can be found exclusively on www.ClassicalMusicCity.com