Holiday Concert Ideas – Rhythm Band, Cup Games, Hand Clap Routines

In this module, we’ll be posting ideas for virtual holiday concerts with not singing. The ideas in this module will also be useful for in-person and virtual lessons.

Jingle Bells Cup game (instructions, play along)

We Wish You a Merry Christmas Hand Clap Game (instructions, play along, black light)

Shine a Light for Peace rhythm band

Dona Nobis rhythm band

Just One Candle ASL instructions, performance

Just One Candle Rhythm Band

Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noel – Rhythm Band

I Hear the Bells – Rhythm Band

Il est né le divin enfant – Rhythm band

We Wish You a Merry Christmas – Rhythm band

Christmas ABC_Zee/Zed – Rhythm band

  • Boomwhacker play alongs – are in a new module: Christmas Boomwhackers Arrangements include African Noel, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, and many more!
  • Bucket drums- are in a new module.  Arrangements include African Noel Christmas Chopsticks, Sing a Little Christmas, Holidays are Here
  • More Holiday Concert Ideas are in development!
  • Flashlight/light routines
  • plate, scarf and ribbon routines – Trepak
  • body percussion – Cristian is choreographying African Noel
  • Nutcracker play alongs, buckets, and movement

Teaching Procedure

1 Instructions for Jingle Bells Cup Game

Instructions for Jingle Bells Cup Game

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2 Play along with cups to "Jingle Bells"

Play along with cups to "Jingle Bells"

This arrangement is fast, so remember that you can slow it down with the "gear" tool between the volume and the full screen option.

For virtual performances, consider doing this with large white cups under black light.

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3 Jingle Bells Cup Game with "Magic Hands"

Jingle Bells Cup Game with "Magic Hands"

This is really fun under black lights!

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4 Instruction for modified sevens game for We Wish you a Merry Christmas

Instruction for modified sevens game for We Wish you a Merry Christmas

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5 Handclap pattern play along for We Wish you a Merry Christmas

Handclap pattern play along for We Wish you a Merry Christmas

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6 Blacklight performance of hand clap patterns for "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"

Here's what a virtual performance might look like - white gloves under black light.

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7 Rhythm Band - Shine a Light for Peace

Play and pause the video to teach the parts individually, one section at a time/

When students are confident with all parts, perform the entire piece.

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8 Rhythm Band - Dona Nobis Pacem

Dona Nobis Pacem.

Teach the parts individually, one section at a time.

When students are confident with all parts, perform the entire piece.

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9 Just One Candle - do a song in ASL sign language

Just One Candle - do a song in ASL sign language

This is the instructions and explanation of what the signs mean.

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10 Perform the song "Just One Candle" with sign language

Perform the song "Just One Candle" with sign language.

This is the performance.

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11 Just One Candle - rhythm band

Divide the class into two groups.

Teach the parts one at a time, teaching everyone both parts.

Then, put the performance together.

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12 Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noel - Rhythm Band

Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noel - Rhythm Band

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13 I Hear the Bells - Rhythm Band

I Hear the Bells - Rhythm Band

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14 Il est né le divin enfant - Rhythm band

Il est né le divin enfant - Rhythm band

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15 We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Rhythm band

We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Rhythm band

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16 Christmas ABC_Zee - Rhythm band

Christmas ABC_Zee - Rhythm band

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17 Christmas ABC_Zed - Rhythm band

Christmas ABC_Zed - Rhythm band

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