Christmas Bucket Drumming

In this module you will

  • find the following bucket drumming selections for Holiday lessons or performances
    • “Jingle Bells”
    • “Jolly Old St. Nicholas”
    • “Up on the Housetop”
    • “African Noël”
    • “Christmas Chopsticks”
    • “Holidays are Here”
    • “Over the River”
    • “March” from “The Nutcracker” (coming soon!)
  • find some demonstrations of bucket drumming under black light so you can view how to create a unique performance for virtual concerts.

Bucket drumming is fun and has lots of audience appeal.

Teaching suggestion: Teach one section at a time. Scroll through video so you can practice each section without the music. When students are successful, play along with the music. Remember that you can adjust tempo by selecting the “gear” wheel on the bottom right corner of the video.

Teaching Procedure

1 "Jingle Bells" Bucket Drumming Arrangement

Play the "Jingle Bells" bucket drumming arrangement.

There will also be a Boomwhacker play along and a cup game for "Jingle Bells".

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2 "Jingle Bells" Audio Track

3 "Jingle Bells" Bucket Drumming under Black Light

Play "Jingle Bells" on bucket drum under a black light.

This took some experimenting but fluorescent paint on the bucket and the sticks worked.

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4 "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" Bucket Drumming Arrangement

Play the "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" bucket drumming arrangement.

There will also be a Boomwhacker play along for this piece.

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5 "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" Audio Track

6 "Up on the Housetop" Bucket Drumming Arrangement

Play the "Up on the Housetop" bucket drumming arrangement.

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7 "Up on the Housetop" Audio Track

8 "Up on the Housetop" Bucket Drum under Black Light

Play "Up on the Housetop" on bucket drum under a black light.

This took some experimenting but fluorescent paint on the bucket and the sticks worked.

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9 African Noël Bucket Drumming Arrangement

Play the "African Noël" bucket drumming arrangement.
There will also be body percussion choreography by Cristian and Boomwhacker play along for this piece.

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10 African Noël Audio track

11 "Christmas Chopsticks" Bucket Drumming Arrangement

Play the "Christmas Chopsticks" bucket drumming arrangement.

There will also be a Boomwhacker play along for "Christmas Chopsticks".

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12 "Christmas Chopsticks" audio track

13 "Holidays Are Here" Bucket Drumming Arrangement

Play the "Holidays Are Here" bucket drumming arrangement.

This piece makes a great concert opener.

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14 "Holidays Are Here" Audio Track

15 "Over the River" Bucket Drumming Arrangement

Play the "Over the River" bucket drumming arrangement.

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16 "Over the River" audio track