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The Little Christmas Book
Songs for Children's Voices, Orff Instruments and Recorders
By Mary Helen Solomon
21 pages
Grades 1 - 6

13 songs for children's voices, Orff instruments and recorders.

Includes 4 original and 9 traditional songs; six of the songs may be performed as canons. The orchestrations for the songs are created in the traditional Orff style with recommendations on how the children can develop their own orchestrations. The short ostinati accompaniment patterns are sometimes only 1 or 2 measures in length. Mary Helen demonstrates how the rhythmic building brick and model word processes espoused by Gunild Keetman can be used to develop students' composition and improvisation skills and enhance their reading and writing notation abilities. Notes with teaching or performance suggestions are given for each piece.   

Instruments used: soprano and alto glockenspiel; soprano, alto and bass xylophone; soprano, alto and bass metallophone; soprano recorder; guitar; timpani; hand drum; conga; maracas; triangle.   


  • Christmas Bell (can be performed in canon)
  • Ivy, Holly and Mistletoe (can be performed in canon)
  • Arroro Mi Nino (Uruguayan folk song)
  • Bethlehem Lay Sleeping (American folk song; can be performed in canon)
  • The Friendly Beasts (medieval French carol)
  • Joyeux Noel (can be performed in canon)
  • Austrian Carol
  • Christmas Comin' (West Indian folk song)
  • Puer Natus est Nobis (can be performed in canon)
  • Carol of the Birds (French folk song)
  • The Holly and the Ivy (English carol)
  • Dona Nobis Pacem (traditional Latin canon)
  • Venite Adoremus


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