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Christmas Carol Chord Progressions to Inspire Creativity

By Tim Topham | Creativity

Dec 17

Christmas Carol Chord Progressions

When I look back on my childhood, carols were a big part of Christmas and it’s been sad to see a decline in their use in schools and the community generally over the last decade.

In fact, while most students know the newer ‘pop-carols’ which are blasted through shopping centres at this time of year, some students don’t seem to know the classics like Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Hark the Herald Angels Sing (one of my personal favourites) or Once in Royal David’s City.

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With fewer schools singing carols (if they get students to sing at all) and fewer families attending church, there’s no surprise in the demise of Christmas carols.

So today’s post and FREE download (read through to the end) is designed to help you buck this trend, support the continued knowledge of carols, and have some fun in your studio this Christmas.

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Grab your free download in today’s blog post.

Lead Sheets for Christmas Carols

This time of the year can also bring with it (especially in Australia), declining engagement in lessons: recitals and exams are over, school is winding-up for the long summer holidays and teachers are looking for easy wins with students (and winding-down their own teaching).

That’s why a lead sheet/chord-based style of playing is ideal for students at this time: by combining simple melodies in the RH with chords in the LH, they can be playing some of these great tunes within a 30-minute lesson.

This is also a great opportunity to encourage students to sing and accompany themselves while playing, again, using the lead sheets we’re providing today. Similarly, if anyone else in the studio or family plays an instrument, they can follow-along, maybe even on Christmas Day!

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Jingle Bells is the first Christmas carol lead sheet in my free download.

Free Download This Christmas

So here’s what we’ve put together for you in today’s free download.

Get access to six popular and easy-to-learn Christmas carols in lead sheet form with notated right hand, chord symbols above and lyrics so that you, or your student, can sing along.

We’ve arranged them from easiest to hardest and organised them so that most students will be able to learn at least one in a single lesson.

Any chord symbols in brackets are optional. They are chords that can be added later on when the student is confident with the song and needs an extra challenge – they are not essential for playing the carol.

If you’re an Inner Circle member, no need to enter your email, you can find this download now in your Resource Library.

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We only heap you and your students find this download useful during the Christmas period.

If you are after some other creative lesson ideas click here, or if you are interested in downloading the first few lessons of my 4 Chord Composing course, you can find that here.

Have a very Merry Christmas!


About the Author

Tim Topham has one mission in life: to stem the tide of children quitting music lessons by helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. Tim hosts the popular Creative Piano Teaching Podcast, blogs regularly at and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, Californian Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.

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