Diverse Winter Holiday Songs in Elementary Music | Classroom & Performance

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Using diverse winter holiday songs in elementary music classroom & performance provides the perfect opportunity to teach about cultures different from our own. Our school district has always taken the stance that we can teach and perform Christmas songs at school as long as we also teach songs of other religions & cultures as well. With the current climate in our country, I cannot tell you how important this is. Tolerance and respect for other cultures is paramount.

But, music teachers are VERY busy people. We are tasked with MANY things to teach in a very short amount of time. During the holiday season, very often it seems like we have to deviate from teaching music reading & performance skills to learn an elaborate program by rote. Finding resources that cover a variety of cultures & holiday is hard enough, but we also need resources that teach musical skills while preparing students for a program. Many times those programs span grade levels which makes the task even more difficult.

Diverse Winter Holiday Songs in Elementary Music Classroom & Performance

Check out a few my favorite resources that I have used for our K-5 Holiday performances.

Diwali – Diwali Song

Unfortunately, the Diwali song that I have used in the past has been taken down. I searched high and low for my perfect Diwali song but is

no longer online. The link here has another song from YouTube which shows Diwali traditions. (Note: If you use this link in class, make sure you download it or use a site like SafeShare. It does have commercials attached.)

I also have a short video clip about Diwali that my students have enjoyed.

RamadanRamadan, by Nancy Stewart
HanukkahBurn Little Candles, arr. Frau Musik

Winter Holiday Bundle with rhythm instruments

  • Two unpitched Orff accompaniment patterns
  • Two pitched Orff accompaniment patterns
ChristmasMary Had a Baby, arr. Frau Musik
  • Two unpitched Orff accompaniment patterns
  • Two pitched Orff accompaniment patterns
Christmas or KwanzaaAfrican Noel, arr. Frau Musik
Chinese New YearGung Hay Fat Choy, posted by Nancy Stewart

I have had students from many different cultures in my music classes. Each year, our school has had children who celebrate each of the holidays and it is important to recognize their cultures.

Using diverse winter holiday songs in the elementary music classroom & performance makes for a balanced program while providing musically rewarding experiences for our students and teaching music skills along the way.  Now that is a music program that MULTITASKS!

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Do you have favorite holiday songs that you have used at your school?

Leave a comment below.

Auf Wiedersehen!

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