In this Preschool Prodigies music lesson, we play the wintertime classic "Jingle Bells".
In "Jingle Bells" we…
-Play a classic 5-note melody using the colors, the hand-signs and the letter names of the bells
-Sing the words to the chorus of Jingle Bells while simultaneously playing the melody on the bells
-Learn a little bit about the differences between the chorus of a song and the verse of a song
Jingle Bell Follow Up Activities
Inside the 6.2 section of the workbook, the first activity after the sheet music is a songwriting exercise with Fa Sol La. If your learner completed the activity in class and brought it home, ask them to play you their new song! If they didn’t, you can compose a new one together. Simply draw 4 rows of 4 circles (or squares) on a piece of paper using a green, teal, and purple crayon, & color your very own Fa Sol La song.
Use your bells, the hand-signs or any instrument to play your new song.
Jingle Bells is one of the first five-note melodies your learner has played. 5 note melodies are not only more musically interesting than 3 note melodies, but they are the bread and butter of beginner piano (because 5 fingers on a 5 different keys is a great way to start playing the piano).
This way, if your learner continues onto piano lessons, they’ll already have the notes and sounds of some 5-finger songs ready to go.
Plus, the popular nature of Jingle Bells (especially for kids) means that it will help them develop their sense of memorized pitch. The six Mi’s that make up the beginning is a pretty iconic melody and easy for children to remember and identify.
You can also ask your learner some questions about what they played in music this week. For example,
How many notes do you need to play Jingle Bells?
What is the lowest note in the song? How about the highest note?
What note does Jingle Bells start on?
What notes did we use to play our song this week?
As a bonus, ask your learner if they can sing the opening line, with Solfege. The line is “Mi Mi Mi, Mi Mi Mi, Mi Sol Do Re Mi” and maybe remind them that it starts with 3 Mi’s if they are stuck!
In the next lesson, we’ll play another famous 5 note song, “Ode to Joy.” “Ode to Joy” is a good deal more difficult than Jingle Bells, so make sure your learner is at least relatively comfortable with playing this 5 note song, even if you have to take it slow.