Christmas Joy at Rockingham Memorial Hospital

My students did a tremendous job this year as they shared Christmas joy on the piano at our Rockingham Memorial Hospital!

 

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Christmas Keyboard Kritters!

C-Christmas Tree D-Dog E-Egg Ornament F-Frosty G-Gift A-Angel B-Baby Jesus

C-Christmas Tree D-Dog E-Egg Ornament F-Frosty G-Gift A-Angel B-Baby Jesus

The students liked the original set of Keyboard Kritters, and emphatically expressed they wanted “more” for Christmas! Ideas: I ask the students to place the correct Kritters on the starting notes for both hands when introducing a piece, or sometimes when there is a tricky chromatic section I’ll have them place the Kritters on that passage of notes before playing. We also routinely use the Keyboard Kritters for flash cards. My younger students have enjoyed the added “spice” to the lessons!

New Christmas Music!

imageOur first Christmas together as newly weds, I quickly learned that Gingerbread cookies were indeed my husband’s favorite! One year I made the mistake of only doubling the recipe instead of tripling the amount of dough! Oops – big mistake!  This early elementary level piece, Gingerbread Cookies is a fun and festive piece.  My children and I are gearing up soon to make our Gingerbread Cookies!

I also would like to introduce an intermediate level Christmas piano piece, Sleigh Ride, in which you can imagine being swept away across the snow!  This has been a favorite among my students.