It’s December! Each month, I share a playlist you can use in your home or preschool with your children. You can choose songs from the playlist to create listening lessons for the month. December’s listening lessons are fun, and a great way to get ready for the holiday season!
When choosing songs for the playlist, I like to start by focusing on special days or holidays unique to that month. I also like to feature a musician of the month. I like to mix it up between famous composers and musicians from pop culture.
This month, we say “happy birthday” to these composers: Jean Sibelius (December 8th), Zoltan Kodaly (December 16th), and Ludwig van Beethoven (December 17th).
Special Days in December:
- Winter Solstice (December 21st)
- Christmas (December 25th)
- Hanukkah (December 24th-January 1st)
- Boxing Day (December 26th)
Suggested Playlist for December listening lessons:
- Sleigh Ride (LeRoy Anderson)
- Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky)
- White Christmas (Irving Berlin)
- Ode To Joy (Beethoven)
- Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack (Vince Guaraldi)
- Fur Elise (Beethoven)
- Feliz Navidad (Jose Feliciano)
- Jingle Bells (any version-could try Bing Crosby)
- Messiah (Handel)
- Winter, The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
How to do a listening lesson
If you have never done a listening lesson before, check out some of my previous lesson ideas (here’s September’s list). It’s really easy to incorporate listening into your day.
Here are some simple tips for getting started:
*play the piece you’ve selected a few times
- The first day, play the piece once, having your child just listen. Ask them for their initial reactions.
- The next listening, you can add background information on the music and the composer
- for the last listening, add an activity: a listening log/journal, coloring a picture as they listen, or movement
Hopefully, this gives you some fun ways to listen to music together during this month!
P. S check out this free listening lesson on teachers pay teachers: Christmas music listening worksheets by Cori Bloom