This Night Before Christmas easy piano is certain to be popular running up to Christmas, as this poem has become such a big part of christmas traditions! It never fails to set the scene and get that festive spirit fizzing!
So this easy piano version with easy piano sheet music is ideal for younger players because it uses the familiar tune of Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush.
Making it a perfect choice for getting everyone into the festive mood and while you’re spreading Christmas cheer, it’s great for boosting confidence too!
The Night Before Christmas
(adapted from the poem by Clement Clarke Moore)
Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, all through the house, all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse, not ev-en a mouse, not ev-en a mouse,
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, chimney with care, chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there,
In the hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there!
(to the tune of Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush)
The Night Before Christmas Easy Piano Teaching Tips
- First play and sing it through, they might already know some of the words, and ask the child if they recognise the tune from another song? (Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush)
- Depending on the age and ability of the child, this may need to be broken up over two or three lessons, it’s important to attempt it in easy achievable steps.
- Now sing it through together clapping the rhythm as you sing, making sure the child is familiar with the 6/8 time signature. Explain that this time signature goes with a swing and that the 6/8 bar divides into two halves each with a dotted quarter note beat.
- Starting with the first phrase, identify and name the notes together slowly. If the child feels happy to do so, they can do this on their own. Always a very good exercise in note reading.
- Start with the RH in the beginners position with thumb (1) on middle C. Attempt each phrase in this way very slowly, following the recommended fingering.
- If they’re finding this tricky, you can help them by gently touching each finger in the correct order to help prepare each phrase.
- Work through each phrase by phrase in this way, and only attempt to join the phrases together once they can play them easily.
- Once they can play the right hand with ease, they can then attempt the left hand.
- The LH is made much easier if you do some preparation finding and understanding the chords first. Spend some time playing F & C chords, to allow them to become accustomed and recognise the notes. Also explain that a C/7 is a C chord with an added 7th which gives it the distinctive sound.
- Then work through the left hand following the suggested fingering on it’s own, recognising where the C, F & C/7 chords occur as this will help a lot when they try to play hands together.
- Practice alternating the F & C chord as a separate exercise, to strengthen the fingers and muscle memory.
- Prepare for the playing the octave F – F leap downwards in bars 9,17 &19 by practicing passing the thumb under – just like in the scale of C major, explain that this happens so you don’t run out of fingers!
- When they can play the left hand fluently, they can attempt to play hands together very slowly 2 bars at a time.
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