Events this December

All are welcome to these upcoming performances in which I’ll be playing:

  • Arlington High School Choir Concert
    Featuring the school’s choirs, directed by Ray Medina.
    Tuesday, December 15, at 7:00 PM
    @ Arlington High School in Riverside, CA.
    $7.00/ticket, payable at the door.
  • Amelia Earhart Middle School Choir Concert
    Featuring the school’s choirs, directed by Melissa Wilson.
    Thursday, December 17, at 6:00 PM
    @ Amelia Earhart Middle School in Riverside, CA.
    Free Admission!
  • Love Came Down at Christmas
    Featuring Benjamin Harlan’s African Alleluia, Joel Raney’s Love Came Down at Christmas, and more with the Sacred Heart Singers and mixed ensemble, directed by Matthew Braun.
    Sunday, December 20, at 2:30 PM
    @ Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
    Free Admission!

Christmas Music, chorded

I strongly believe that kids should be taught to improvise shortly after they can play chords with no problem. I can’t remember being taught any improvisational teaching, even though I had a knack and drive to do so when I first started accompanying my high school choir. I want to make sure none of my students who have been with me for a while never go without dabbling in the art of improvisation at least a bit.

Jingle Bells (Chorded)

As you can see, it’s easy to come up with the chords underlying each measure to both of these works. Teachers should take advantage of this fact and tell Jingle Bells players to try playing quarter notes or something different from the simple, repetitive accompaniment given. And you can tell what ought to be done with Silent Night:

Silent Night (Chordal)

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