Are you looking for fun and engaging videos to add to your Christmas music playlist? Here are five videos that can extend your students' musical understanding this December, while celebrating winter holidays:
#1: Christmas rhythm play alongs
If you are wanting students to practice rhythm, this rhythm play along from my YouTube channel is perfect for tika-tika, or sixteenth notes:
#2: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
If you've ever seen any of the line rider videos, you know how awesome they are! This video is like a listening map for “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” and is sure to be a hit!
#3: Sleigh Ride Cup Game
If your students are familiar with the cup game (like I wrote about in this post), they will love this cup game, which can be performed to “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson:
#4: Jingle Bell Rock Body Percussion
This video is perfect for the Christmas season, and can help students improve their understanding of quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rest, or ta, ti-ti, and rest…but I could see it working with upper elementary as well!
#5: Hanukkah freeze dance
If you need to get your students up and moving, this freeze dance video, set to “Oh Hanukkah,” is perfect for the season!
Looking for more Christmas and Hanukkah activities for your elementary music lessons? Check out these:
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I hope this is helpful as you consider what to plan for your elementary music lessons this December, and what to add to your Christmas music playlist! Happy teaching, and Happy Holidays!