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Carol of the Bells pdf

Carol of the bells Orff 2012
Happy New School Year!
I'm very thankful for all of you!  Your reading of my blog has encouraged me to keep writing, deepened my practice as a teacher and musician, allowed me to rack up loads of professional development points in hours of writing.  You inspire me, you challenge me, you are great colleagues.

As we begin a new school year, I'd like to give you something to make your year better.  It's pdf files of parts for Carol of the Bells, the arrangement that my middle school students played for their 2012 December concert.  The mic is right in front of the Orff instruments, but we have electric bass, guitar, and two keyboards in the mix.  We put this together in 3 weeks!  If you have younger students you might want to begin in October.  If you have a Monday class you might want to begin in September, there are so many Monday holidays in the fall.

Want the file? Click here

Just write a subject you'd like me to write about in the blog this year in comments.  The topic can be related or a subset of a concept I've already addressed, but it should be new in some way. Include your email.  I appreciate the ideas.  I'll send you a link to the pdf.


Anonymous said…
I'd love to learn some information on how you choose music for your Orff ensembles. This is the first year I will have an Orff group after school and I'm looking for great resources. You may have already touched on this, but as a new Orff teacher, I'm learning and would love to learn! Email:
Anonymous said…
I'd love any info about teaching ukelele's in primary school music? We are just about to get a class set for our school and I'm looking for resources and ideas :) Email:
jennifer said…
Thank you for providing so many useful resources on your blog, as a new music teacher I am always looking for lesson ideas! Here's my question, some of my grade 5's are reluctant to sing and dance to traditional (in their words "kid") folk songs used in many Orff resources. Do you have this same problem, and what have you done to motivate these students? Have you incorporated popular music into your lessons? Thank you!
Jander said…
I'm new to your blog, but am really appreciating what I've read so far. Thank you!
Could you write (or direct me to a post you've already written) about the point of learning written notation for use on pitched instruments. At what point do we as educators stop playing and asking student to imitate, and when do we have them read the parts themselves. Thank you for your time.
Anita Salazar said…
Really enjoy your blog! Could you write about ways to incorporate art into music class- perhaps for sound stories with a particular children's picture book or perhaps the children create the artwork- looking for more collaboration ideas with our art teachers- thanks!
Anonymous said…
I'd love to get your ideas in funding for the music room. I'm always searching for money for instruments!
I am interested in your arrangement of Carol of the Bells. I am a first year teacher, teaching elementary along with preschool. I would like some ideas on what to do with my 3 and 4 year olds. Music, movement, singing ideas--any or all. thank you!
denisemcguire said…
I would love to get some more ideas on improvising for young children. I'm an Orff trained teacher always on the lookout for inspiring ideas. Thanks for your ideas! I would love the Carol of the Bells pdf.

I am doing this lesson this week. But very watered down... I haven't been able to find the files to this lesson, i was thinking of just doing the basic parts, what do you think?
my email is
CelestaNicole said…
Hi can you send to me
Anonymous said…

I would love to use this arrangement. Can you please e mail it to me?
Thank you.
Nistowiak said…
I want information on merging voice, mallets, movement, and singing into one performance. Thank you.
Anonymous said…
Hello, I enjoyed listening to your students perform "Carol of the Bells." I would like to use this arrangement in our upcoming 2015 Christmas Concert. Would you mind sharing the arrangement? My email is Thanks for your help. Debbie Seay
Lynn said…
I have never done an ensemble, but was searching for something I could get excited about, and something I was already familiar with. This is it. Thank you so much for sharing. :) I am really looking forward to doing this with my students. Would you suggest a piano throughout as well to help keep the students in time or simply conduct?

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