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)

Serenade on a Full Moon

Here’s the first draft (from sketches dating back to about 2011-2012), which is bound to have revisions. I’ve been having trouble with audio playback so I can’t get any automated recordings up at the moment, but if you’re a musician who’d like to plow through it, feel free to woo someone with my first piano trio:

Serenade on a Full Moon – Violin

Serenade on a Full Moon – Violoncello

Serenade on a Full Moon – Full Score / Piano