Simple Gifts (SA) (10 copies)
This arrangement is perfect for a young middle school choir. Your students will find the simple two-part harmonies and echoes very accessible and fun. About two and a half minutes long, the energetic piano part makes this song delightful.
This arrangement is written to include a class songwriting project – in the section from measure 52 to 72, take student suggestions for pairs of items they are grateful for (e.g. friends and family, cake and ice cream, etc.). You can also write an entire new verse as a class for m. 72 to 88, again filling in things you grateful for, following the format of the first verse (‘Tis a gift to ____, ’tis a gift _____), or just use the first verse lyrics again in this section. My own students were grateful for Chic Fil A sandwiches in this section. Please contact me if you would like additional suggestions for the songwriting activity.
Your purchase authorizes 10 copies for your group. If you will need more copies, please purchase them.
Duration: 2 minutes 40 seconds
This energetic arrangement was the first that Matt Arnett and Zachary Griffin performed as Rising Action Piano. Full of quick, short references to other Christmas favorites, it’s a difficult number but the fun is well worth it. Duration: 3 minutes 45 seconds (Matt Arnett and Zachary Griffin) Back to piano music
This is a really fun piece that will challenge but be achievable at the end of the first year. Everything stays in standard 1st position fingerings with mostly stepwise motion with skips to open strings, though there are a few quicker notes to challenge the left hand. There’s a lot of interplay between the high and low voices, which gives…