It’s very definitely that time of year. The trees are up, the tinsel is sparkling, and the fake snow inexplicably sprayed onto the windows of Australian shops is glaring in the summer sun.
Christmas carols abound in the teaching studio- but what I have been teaching this festive season?
A staple of any harpist’s collection of Christmas music. The easier A version alongside the harder B version makes the book super versatile. The arrangements can grow with the student, or they can enjoy some holiday duets.
The sheet delight of the students who learned Ribambelle No. 1 during the course of the year only to discover that it can be teamed with the First Noel is something to behold. Not just a great arrangement and accessible concert piece, but an all in one lesson in mixing music, styles and genres.
Blatant self promotion time. This is an arrangement I did last year for my Christmas CD and is a great piece for students around the Grade 3-4 level. Lilting and evocative with some left hand action for an added challenge.
A traditional carol with a twist. This adds a driving beat and interesting rhythms to an ancient carol and gives more advanced students something to think about.
And at the end of this year, let me wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year- here’s to more fabulously creative harp teaching in 2020!