Christmas Transposing Challenge

by | Dec 10, 2015 | Lesson Ideas, Studio Ideas | 4 comments

Are you looking for something to keep your students engaged over the holiday break? Here is an activity you can use today!

Introducing…..The Christmas Transposing Challenge!

I started having my piano students who are also in choir play different vocal warm-up patterns on the piano to get them comfortable playing in all keys, recognizing patterns, moving all over the keyboard, and to relate what they are doing in choir with what we are doing in piano lessons.  I thought….”All of my students need this!” And it’s the holiday season…so the Christmas Transposing Challenge was born.

My goal with this challenge is for students to transpose three simple Christmas melodies to as many keys as possible.  I will be awarding points for every melody they play in each key.           3 melodies x 12 keys = 36 possible points.  I will have different prizes based on the number of points each student earns.  Don’t feel like you have to award prizes, I just thought my students could use a little extra motivation.

First, I sent out an e-mail to all parents announcing and explaining the challenge.  I also posted a video on my studio Facebook page. You can see the video here, as long as you promise not to judge me on my amateur videography skills!

I attached three videos to the e-mail I sent to parents.

Video 1: A demonstration of  “Here We Come A-Carloing” on all white keys from middle C to treble C.

Video 2: 3 Christmas melodies (all in a 5-finger position) for elementary students

Video 3: 3 Christmas melodies (all within an octave) for intermediate/advanced students

The melodies I chose for beginners: “Deck the halls with boughs of holly”, “Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way”, and “Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o’er the plains”.

And for more advanced students: “Joy to the world the Lord is come”, “Have yourself a merry little Christmas”, and “Sleep in heavenly peace” from Silent Night.

Feel free to share these videos with your students and start the Christmas Transposing Challenge in your studio!

I’ve turned students loose with this activity and I can’t wait to see who is up for the challenge! I hope they are intrigued by the chance to earn a prize and started transposing right away.  And while they think they are just earning points, I know all of the benefits they are getting from this activity!

Happy Transposing!

 

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