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My First Christmas

Pre-reading Christmas pieces with optional Teacher duets

Austin Stout AustinStoutMusic

My First Christmas
A Pre-reading Christmas Collection

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TABLEofCONTENTS
Deck the Hall.................page 5 Jingle Bells ....................page 6 We Three Kings.................pages 7-8 Over the River....................pages 9-10 Jolly Old St. Nicholas...........pages 11-12 Away in the Manger...........pages 13-14 Up On the Housetop.................pages 15-16 Carol of the Bells...............pages 17-18

Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas and Congratulations on starting to play the piano! This book is intended for students who have recently began the piano in the last several months before Christmas. All of the pieces in this collection are written with pre-reading notation and omits items such as dynamics and bar lines to ensure easiness for students of the earliest levels. Each piece includes a duet part to play with a parent, older sibling, or teacher. When playing with the duet, students should play at least one octave higher than written. Students should be encouraged to learn as many of these pieces as they can before the holidays. Playing for friends and family at Christmastime is a wonderful opportunity for beginning students to perform! I hope you and your family enjoy exploring the classic Christmas pieces in this book. Once again, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! ---Austin Stout

Decorate each ornament after you complete the piece!

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Type to We Three Kings enter text

Type to the Halls Deck enter text

Type to Over the River enter text

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Carol of the Bells

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UPonTHEhousetop

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Christ mas joys! Up On the Housetop Duet


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Christmas Bell Rhythms
In Carol of the Bells we see this rhythm pattern: ,

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1. Before playing this piece, your teacher will clap a rhythm pattern. Echo this pattern for your teacher. 2. How many times does this rhythm pattern occur in this piece? 3. Clap this pattern by yourself, saying Ring Christ-mas bells, Ring Christmas bells, etc. 4. Now play the piece using the above counting system

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