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“The Ebeneezer Scrooge Music Experience” is a delightfully clever idea for presenting Christmas music past, present, and future
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Title – Ebeneezer Scrooge Music Experience
By – Denise Taylor
Primary Subject – Music
Grade Level – K- 5
This is an “Ebeneezer Scrooge” experience for music. Start by dressing in a robe and night cap and pretend to be “Ebeneezer Scrooge”. You have a “bah humbug” attitude about Christmas music that your students must help you overcome. Flicker the classroom lights on and off as you travel to Christmas music from the past, then present, then future. I use the origins of Silent Night as the song I present from the past. I also tell them the story of how Silent Night brought peace to a group of soldiers in WW1. I end our “past” experience by turning off the lights and singing Silent Night around a small lit Christmas tree. We then journey to the “present” where I tell them the origins of Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer. We then play this song on hand bells. Our last journey is to the “future”. I tell my students that they are the future and ask for volunteers to share their talents. Students sing, play the piano or dance without any hesitation. This impromptu talent show is their favorite part. Instead of a talent show, you could help the students write their own Christmas song and tell them that they are the “future” composers. You can also use this idea to frame a school winter music concert.
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