Monday, November 30, 2015

Winter Packets


Winter packet excerpt for beginning string players
Excerpt from winter packet for second-year string players

My schools each have a winter band/orchestra/choir concert in December.  The closest we get to performing Christmas music is my arrangement of "Jingle Bells." It has become an orchestra tradition at my schools to end their portion of the concert with combined 5th and 6th grade orchestras playing their different parts and student volunteers ringing bells.  Before my students leave for winter break, I pass out these winter packets for them to enjoy over their time off from school.  These packets are great for sight-reading and reinforcing skills from the fall semester.  I've tried to stay away from the more religious Christmas songs and to include some melodies that may be unfamiliar to my students.  The second-year winter packet includes many rounds and duets too.

Winter packet excerpt for beginning string players
Excerpt from winter packet for first-year string players

Winter packet (for first-year string players):

Winter packet (for second-year string players):

Enjoy!

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