My Holiday Piano Picks

Arranging Composing Duets Holiday

My students love playing festive music around this time of year! I have a stack of old standby books that I still love to play from, but who doesn't like reading through fresh new arrangements of holiday favourites? Here is a list of some great new holiday music for all levels of piano, arranged by Canadian composers:

  • Greensleeves, arranged by Andrea Dow of Teach Piano Today. TPT is a super useful piano teaching blog offering downright addictive music. This arrangement of Greensleeves is absolutely beautiful, with a Celtic pop feel that would appeal to any teen (Intermediate level).
  • Christmas! Christmas! by Andrew Harbridge. This book for elementary pianists is a mix of traditional carols and original songs by Andrew. It also includes some duet arrangements for teacher and student, note naming activities, a maze and a word search. A really fun book!
  • Christmas Fun Level 1 and Christmas Fun Level 2 by Debra Wanless. These books are packed full of songs for the 1st and 2nd year piano student. Each song in the first book include an optional teacher duet. These pieces are great for more experienced players who want some fun sight reading too.
  • 26 Christmas Songs for Easy Fake Piano by Debra Wanless. These lead lines come with lyrics and are written in major and minor keys up to one sharp/flat. Perfect for sing alongs and great practice for keyboard harmonization.
  • The Huron Carol elementary piano duet by Debra Wanless. This pre-grade 1 level duet uses a drum for added variety. Great for recitals and classes.
  • A Christmas Suite for Piano Duet by Christopher Norton. This late intermediate/early advanced suite includes three arrangements and one original piece. With a good variety of styles and tempi they are a blast to play and make great crowd pleasers. 
  • Twelve Songs of Christmas by Debra Wanless. This book features jazz arrangements for late intermediate/early advanced piano students. I play through this book every year and love it!

Hear some of the Twelve Songs of Christmas here:

And don't forget to download my free bundle of Holiday Lead Lines HERE! Thanks for reading. Have fun and Happy Holidays =)

~ Jen

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