Jingle As We Go

by Teresa Jennings

This seasonal performance piece gives you the opportunity to shine a spotlight on several groups of students with their respective instruments and/or voices all at once, if you are so inclined. Of course everything is optional except the melody vocal line, but it's the combination of elements that makes it fun. It's actually pretty easy once you understand the concept.

Vocal parts 1, 2, and 3 are quite simple and repetitive, as is the form. You could do it with just parts 1 and 2, but part 3 allows those lower, changing or changed voices to join in the effort with relative ease.

The variety comes mostly from the instrumentation which includes jingle bells, ukulele, guitar, mallets, Boomwhackers®, bells, and non-pitched percussion. This percussion can include just about anything you have on hand, such as buckets, hand drums, rhythm sticks, and woodblocks. Avoid metal percussion though. Let the jingle bells carry the metal sound. Once each line is learned, it's just a matter of marrying them all together, and voilà! A catchy, possibly slightly familiar tune you can use for your winter or holiday performances.

We have given you a number of optional extras to use in rehearsal or performance as needed. These include a full version without any kid percussion, an accompaniment version that does include kid percussion, an a cappella version (which sounds pretty cool), isolated kid percussion only, part 2 and part 3 for rehearsing, and individual PDFs of the student parts. All of these can be found at our web site for free.

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.