Complete Year 7 Music Course

Complete Year 7 Music Course

Over 30 lessons with over 60 pupils' worksheets and 60 pages of lesson plans and other teacher's notes - everything you need for class music lessons throughout Year 7.
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Harmonising Bach Chorales

Harmonising Bach Chorales

This book is a concise guide to the harmony of Bach’s chorales for advanced level music students, equipping them with the knowledge and understanding to complete their own chorale harmonisations with confidence and accuracy. Bach’s practice in harmonising chorales is explored throughout the book, from the basics of four-part writing to the complexities of chromatic harmony. With over 40 examples of complete Bach chorales and over 30 exercises, including 10 examination-style questions. Also included is the Breitkopf and Hartel edition of Bach's 371 Chorales.
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50 Christmas Carols

50 Christmas Carols

50 Traditional Christmas Carols, arranged for four parts on treble and bass staves, with lyrics. Both Sibelius and pdf formats included.
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Complete Year 9 Music Course

Complete Year 9 Music Course

Over 30 lessons grouped in five topics: Dance Music, Minimalism, Latin Music, Romantic Music and Gospel, Blues, and Soul. Plenty of performing, composing and listening activities for the whole class, and full lesson plans and assessment sheets for the teacher.
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Romantic Music

Romantic Music

KS3 Scheme of Work – 6-8 lessons Objectives • To listen to music, particularly waltzes, in different genres by composers from the Romantic era (1830-1900) • To perform the accompaniment for a waltz on the keyboard • To compose a 16-bar waltz for piano, fitting the melody to chosen four-bar chord sequences Lesson Overview • Lesson 1: Romantic Music • Lesson 2: Oom-pah-pah • Lesson 3: A piano waltz • Lesson 4: An orchestral waltz • Lesson 5: An operatic waltz • Lesson 6: Listening to Programme Music • Lessons 7/8: Composing Programme Music Subject-specific vocabulary • Instruments of the symphony orchestra: violins, viola, ‘cello, double bass, harp, piccolo, flute, oboe, cor anglais, clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion • Romantic Composers: Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Johann Strauss jr, Grieg, Schubert, Berlioz, Wagner, Verdi • Musical Genres: piano music, orchestral music, ballet, opera Assessments • Listening – Romantic Music (Lesson 1) • Performing (keyboard) – ‘Oom-pah-pah’ accompaniment (Lesson 2) • Composing – 16-bar waltz (Lessons 3-6)
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Gospel, Blues and Soul

Gospel, Blues and Soul

KS3 Scheme of Work – (6-8 lessons) Objectives • To learn about the evolution of African-American styles in the 1950s and 1960s • To listen to examples of spirituals, gospel, rhythm and blues, and soul • To consolidate previous knowledge of major and minor chords • To learn how to play seventh chords • To sing songs from these styles, both in class and individually • To arrange and perform these styles as a group Lesson Overview 1. Two Spirituals 2. Gospel Music 3. Rhythm ‘n’ Blues 4. The Birth of Soul 5. Respect 6. Stand By Me 7. Group arrangement* 8. Group performance* * The group arrangement/performance forms an optional extension task Subject-specific vocabulary • Primary triads – I, IV, V • Triads – C, F, G, Am, D, E • Seventh chords • Call-and-response • Ornamentation • Improvisation Assessments • Performing – chord sequences for various songs on keyboard (Lessons 1, 5, 6) • Listening – ‘The Birth of Soul’ (Lesson 4) • Composing (arranging) – chosen song in a small ensemble (Lessons 7-8)
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The Beatles

The Beatles

KS3 Scheme of Work – 6 lessons Objectives • To understand how to form primary and secondary triads in C major on the keyboard • To learn, through listening and performing, common chord sequences using these triads • To arrange a Beatles song for a group performance Lesson Overview 1. Love Me Do 2. Eleanor Rigby 3. Let it Be 4. Can’t Buy Me Love 5. Arranging a Beatles song 6. Performing a Beatles song Subject-specific vocabulary • Tonality: major and minor • Chords: C, F, G, Dm, Em, Am • Chord sequences: I-V-vi-IV, circle progression • Timbres and textures: electric guitar, bass guitar, drum kit Assessments • Performing (keyboard) – ‘Love Me Do’ (Lesson 1) • Listening – ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ (Lesson 3) • Composing – arrangement of a Beatles song for group performance (Lesson 6)
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Latin Music

Latin Music

KS3 Scheme of Work (6 lessons) Objectives • To perform a samba rhythm on unpitched percussion • To perform the tango ‘Por Una Cabeza’ on unpitched percussion or keyboards (rhythm only, bass line or chords, depending on ability) • To listen to a variety of sambas and tango • To compose a tango using a descending bass line with a ‘habanera’ rhythm, chords and melody Lesson overview • Lesson 1 – Listening to Samba • Lesson 2 – Performing a Samba • Lesson 3 – Listening to Tangos • Lesson 4 – Performing a Tango • Lesson 5 – Composing a Tango: chords and bass line • Lesson 6 – Composing a Tango: melody Subject-specific vocabulary • Samba instruments: o Tamborim o Caixa de Guerra (‘War Box’) o Cuíca o Repinique o Chocalho o Surdo (bass drum) • Tango instruments: bandoneón, violin, piano and bass • Habañera (dotted) rhythm • First inversion chords • Descending bass line • Perfect cadence Assessments • Listening: Listening to Samba (Lesson 1) • Performing: Samba band (Lesson 2, self-assessment) and ‘Por Una Cabeza’ (Lesson 4) • Composing: Tango (Lesson 6)
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Jazz

Jazz

KS3 Scheme of Work – 6 lessons Objectives • To listen to different styles of jazz and its influences: Blues, Ragtime, New Orleans Jazz, Swing Era big bands, Bebop, latin jazz, and rock fusion • To sing songs a spiritual and blues song in the jazz style, both in class and individually • To develop improvising skills using a variety of scales and note patterns (rhythm only, pentatonic minor scale, five notes (C-G), blues scale, chord notes) on given tunes and chord sequences Lesson outline • Lesson 1 – Blues and Ragtime • Lesson 2 – New Orleans Jazz • Lesson 3 – The Swing Era • Lesson 4 – Later Jazz Styles • Lesson 5 – When the Saints go Marching In • Lesson 6 – Improvising Assessment Subject-specific vocabulary • Instruments – piano, drum kit, double bass, trumpet, cornet, clarinet, trombone, saxophone, banjo • Blues notes – where some notes have a slightly lower pitch • Call-and-response – where the lead singer’s phrases are echoed by other singers or instruments • Major scale – an ordinary seven-note scale in a major key • Oom-pah accompaniment – a backing pattern where bass notes alternate with chords, all on the beat • Syncopated – where the offbeat notes are accented • Swing – where the beat is divided unequally into a long note and a short note • Rhythm section keeps the beat and accompanies with bass line and chords • Frontline instruments play the original melody (head) and improvise • Improvise - make up the music as you go along • Head – the original, composed melody of a particular song • Scat singing • Walking bass • ‘Ten-to-ten’ rhythm – repeated crotchet and two swung quavers on ride cymbal Assessments • Performing: playing ‘In the Mood’ on the keyboard (Lesson 3) • Listening: listening exercise on ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’ (Lesson 5) • Composing: improvising on ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’ (Lesson 6)
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Classical Music

Classical Music

Scheme of Work (6-8 lessons) Objectives • To learn about different genres, composers, instruments and musical forms from the Classical Era (1750-1820), • To apply this knowledge when listening to an unfamiliar piece • To sing both a song and an opera aria from the Classical Era • To understand how both accompanying patterns and melodies can be created from notes in the underlying chords (using the major triads G, D, A, C and F) • As a result, to be able to play both an accompanying (‘oom-cha’) pattern and a melody (for a minuet) on the keyboard • To compose one or two 8-bar section(s) of music, using chords and melody, which can be used as another section of a minuet in either ternary or Rondo form Lesson Overview • Lesson 1: Schubert’s ‘The Trout’ and Strophic Form • Lesson 2: Gluck’s ‘What is life’ and Rondo form • Lesson 3: Consolidation of Classical Vocal music • Lesson 4: Haydn’s ‘Emperor Quartet’ and Variation form • Lesson 5: Mozart’s Minuet and Ternary Form • Lesson 6: Consolidation of musical forms • Lesson 7: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Sonata Form* • Lesson 8: Conclusion* * Optional lessons which may be omitted for a six-lesson scheme of work Subject-specific vocabulary • Composers: Schubert, Gluck, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven • Genres: song, opera, aria, symphony, minuet • Voices, instruments and their groupings: soprano, alto, piano, string quartet, orchestra • Forms: strophic, rondo, ternary, theme and variations, sonata form Assessments • Performing (singing) – Schubert’s ‘The Trout’ or Gluck’s ‘What is life’ • Performing (keyboard) – adaptations of accompaniment to ‘The Trout’ or Mozart’s Minuet • Composing – additional 8-bar section(s) for Mozart’s Minuet • Listening – exercise on unfamiliar piece in last lesson
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Caribbean Music

Caribbean Music

KS3 Scheme of Work – 6 lessons Objectives • To recognise and be able to perform offbeat and syncopated rhythms in calypso and reggae music • To participate in a class performance of a calypso song using the steel pans • To arrange own part in a reggae song for small ensemble performance • To revise formation of chords made up of white notes (C, G) • To learn formation of chords with a black note in the middle (D, E, A) Lesson Overview • Lesson 1: Calypso • Lesson 2: Yellow Bird • Lesson 3: offbeat • Lesson 4: Riffs • Lesson 5: Three Little Birds • Lesson 6: Music of the Caribbean Subject-specific vocabulary • Instruments: steel pans, bass guitar, electric guitar, drums • Rhythm: syncopation, offbeat • Styles of music: calypso, reggae, soca, merengue Assessments • Performing (singing and steel pans) – ‘Yellow Bird’ (calypso) • Arranging within a small ensemble – ‘Three Little Birds’ (reggae) • Listening – Caribbean styles (calypso, reggae, soca, merengue)
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Baroque Music

Baroque Music

Baroque Music KS3 scheme of work – 6-8 lessons Objectives • To listen to music from the Baroque Era (1600-1750) in a variety of genres by several composers • To perform part of Pachelbel’s Canon on the keyboard • To compose a melody above the ground bass of Pachelbel’s Canon Lesson overview • Lesson 1: Pachelbel’s Canon • Lesson 2: Scarlatti’s Sonata • Lesson 3: Bach’s Toccata and Fugue • Lesson 4: Handel’s Messiah • Lesson 5: Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas • Lesson 6: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons • Lesson 7/8: Group composition and performance N.B. The last two lessons are optional and can be completed in one lesson if necessary. Vocabulary • Genres o Sonata – piece for solo instrument(s) in several movements o Oratorio - religious story in several movements with singers and orchestra (not staged) o Opera - non-religious story in several movements with singers and orchestra (staged) o Concerto – piece for soloist(s) and orchestra in several movements • Movements within vocal works o Chorus – where the choir sings o Aria – a solo song o Recitative – a style of story-telling, halfway between normal speech and singing o Overture – a scene-setting piece for the orchestra (without singing) • Ground bass (ostinato) • Bass clef and bass stave notation • Instruments: o Bowed string family (violin, viola, cello, double bass) o Keyboard instruments (harpsichord and organ) Assessment • Performing: part of Pachelbel’s Canon on the keyboard • Composing: a melody above the ground bass of Pachelbel’s Canon • Listening: short exercises on different genres of Baroque music
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Film Music

Film Music

KS3 Scheme of Work (6-8 lessons) including 10 pages of teacher's notes and 14 pupils' worksheets Objectives • To become familiar with music for different films and to recognise film genres • To learn how some musical features can be combined to create soundtracks for different film genres • To perform a film music theme on the keyboard, and to adapt it to compose for a film clip Overview • Lesson 1: Film and Genre • Lesson 2: Musical Ideas for Film Genres • Lesson 3*: Orchestral Film Music • Lesson 4: Listening to the James Bond Theme • Lesson 5: Practising the James Bond Theme • Lesson 6: Performing the James Bond Theme • Lesson 7*: Composing film music • Lesson 8*: Final evaluation of composition • Cover lesson/homework worksheets: o Sound effects for film o Creative sound effects o A Century of Film Music (2 pages) * Lessons 3, 7 and 8 are self-contained lessons which can be omitted for a shorter scheme of work Subject-specific vocabulary • Film genres: thriller, romance, cartoon, comedy, sci-fi, western • Musical features: cluster chords, ‘oom-pah’ accompaniment, atonal, major, minor, chromatic • Timbres: synthesiser, strings, brass Assessments • Performing (keyboard) – The James Bond Theme • Listening – Film Genres, James Bond Theme with score and in context of a film • Composing – Goldfinger pre-credits sequence
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African Music 2 - Instruments

African Music 2 - Instruments

Lesson 2 of African Music KS3 scheme of work (or standalone lesson) N.B. This is designed as a modular scheme of work with self-contained lessons linked by recurring themes. It works well in a short half of term and/or one interrupted by trips, exams, etc. Lessons 3 and 4 work best when taught consecutively. Objectives • Performing: to sing traditional African songs and to play African percussion • Composing: to create a layered, syncopated rhythmic ostinato within a group performance • Listening: to learn about, and to recognise, African musical styles and instruments Lesson overview • Lesson 1: Wimmoweh • Lesson 2: African instruments • Lesson 3: African rhythms • Lesson 4: Group composition • Lesson 5: Singing African Songs • Lesson 6: Listening to African Music • Research assignment (cover lesson/homework – no listening required) Vocabulary • African instruments: o CABASA large gourd with a handle covered with a network of stringed beads o KORA a harp with 21 strings, resounding in half a large gourd, covered with skin o TALKING DRUM A drum with two heads which are kept taut by strings o MARIMBA A set of wooden bars arranged in a row over a set of resonating gourds o DJEMBE A large single-headed drum o THUMB-PIANO A wooden board with thin metal strips attached to it • Polyrhythm and cross rhythm • Call-and-response • Ostinato • Layering • A capella • Close and parallel harmony Assessment • Performing: singing an African song (Lesson 5) • Composing: creating a rhythmic ostinato as part of a group composition/performance (Lessons 3 and 4) • Listening: ‘Listening to African Music’ (Lesson 6)
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Rock 'n' Roll

Rock 'n' Roll

Rock ‘n’ Roll KS3 Scheme of Work – 6 lessons Objectives • To learn about the origins of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s • To sing and play several rock ‘n’ roll and rock songs • To recognise some typical instruments – keyboard, drums and double bass – and their functions • To play the chords of C, F, G and Am on the keyboard • To perform the 12-bar blues and I-vi-IV-V chord progressions on the keyboard • To arrange a rock ‘n’ roll song for a group performance Lesson Overview 1. The Origins of Rock ‘n’ Roll 2. The 12-Bar Blues 3. The Bass Line 4. The I-vi-IV-V Progression 5. Preparing Group Arrangement 6. Group Performances and Listening Exercise Subject-specific vocabulary • Performers: Bill Haley and the Comets, Elvis Presley • Instruments: double bass, drum kit, keyboard • Chords: C, F, G, Am • 12-bar blues and I-vi-IV-V chord progressions Assessments • Performing (keyboard) – 12-bar blues • Composing – group arrangement of a Rock ‘n’ Roll song • Listening – Hound Dog This topic can be followed up with the topic on The Beatles, which introduces more secondary triads and more complex song structures, reflecting the development of rock music in the 1960s.
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Rock 'n' Roll - The 12-Bar Blues

Rock 'n' Roll - The 12-Bar Blues

Lessons 2+3 of Rock ‘n’ Roll KS3 Scheme of Work – 6 lessons (or a standalone double lesson) Objectives • To learn about the origins of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s • To sing and play several rock ‘n’ roll and rock songs • To recognise some typical instruments – keyboard, drums and double bass – and their functions • To play the chords of C, F, G and Am on the keyboard • To perform the 12-bar blues and I-vi-IV-V chord progressions on the keyboard • To arrange a rock ‘n’ roll song for a group performance Lesson Overview 1. The Origins of Rock ‘n’ Roll 2. The 12-Bar Blues 3. The Bass Line 4. The I-vi-IV-V Progression 5. Preparing Group Arrangement 6. Group Performances and Listening Exercise Subject-specific vocabulary • Performers: Bill Haley and the Comets, Elvis Presley • Instruments: double bass, drum kit, keyboard • Chords: C, F, G, Am • 12-bar blues and I-vi-IV-V chord progressions Assessments • Performing (keyboard) – 12-bar blues • Composing – group arrangement of a Rock ‘n’ Roll song • Listening – Hound Dog This topic can be followed up with the topic on The Beatles, which introduces more secondary triads and more complex song structures, reflecting the development of rock music in the 1960s.
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The Origins of Rock 'n' Roll

The Origins of Rock 'n' Roll

Lesson 1 in Rock ‘n’ Roll KS3 Scheme of Work – 6 lessons (or standalone lesson) Objectives of scheme • To learn about the origins of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s • To sing and play several rock ‘n’ roll and rock songs • To recognise some typical instruments – keyboard, drums and double bass – and their functions • To play the chords of C, F, G and Am on the keyboard • To perform the 12-bar blues and I-vi-IV-V chord progressions on the keyboard • To arrange a rock ‘n’ roll song for a group performance Lesson Overview 1. The Origins of Rock ‘n’ Roll 2. The 12-Bar Blues 3. The Bass Line 4. The I-vi-IV-V Progression 5. Preparing Group Arrangement 6. Group Performances and Listening Exercise Subject-specific vocabulary • Performers: Bill Haley and the Comets, Elvis Presley • Instruments: double bass, drum kit, keyboard • Chords: C, F, G, Am • 12-bar blues and I-vi-IV-V chord progressions Assessments • Performing (keyboard) – 12-bar blues • Composing – group arrangement of a Rock ‘n’ Roll song • Listening – Hound Dog This topic can be followed up with the topic on The Beatles, which introduces more secondary triads and more complex song structures, reflecting the development of rock music in the 1960s.
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50 Traditional Hymns

50 Traditional Hymns

50 Traditional Hymns, arranged in four parts on treble and bass staves in both Sibelius and pdf formats. Abide with me All people that on earth do dwell All things bright and beautiful Amazing grace At the name of Jesus Christ is made the sure foundation Dear Lord and Father of mankind For the beauty of the earth Guide me, o thou great Jehovah Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty I vow to thee, my country Jerusalem Jesus Christ is risen today Lead us, heavenly father Love divine, all love excelling Mine eyes have seen the glory Nearer, my God, to thee Now thank we all our God O God, our help in ages past O praise ye the Lord! O worship the King, all-glorious above Praise, my soul, the king of heaven Praise to the holiest in the height Rejoice, the Lord is King! The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended The King of Love my shepherd is Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son We plough the fields, and scatter When I survey the wondrous cross And many more
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Rock 'n' Roll - the I-vi-IV-V progression

Rock 'n' Roll - the I-vi-IV-V progression

Lesson 4 in Rock ‘n’ Roll KS3 Scheme of Work – 6 lessons (or standalone lesson) Objectives of scheme • To learn about the origins of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s • To sing and play several rock ‘n’ roll and rock songs • To recognise some typical instruments – keyboard, drums and double bass – and their functions • To play the chords of C, F, G and Am on the keyboard • To perform the 12-bar blues and I-vi-IV-V chord progressions on the keyboard • To arrange a rock ‘n’ roll song for a group performance Lesson Overview 1. The Origins of Rock ‘n’ Roll 2. The 12-Bar Blues 3. The Bass Line 4. The I-vi-IV-V Progression 5. Preparing Group Arrangement 6. Group Performances and Listening Exercise Subject-specific vocabulary • Performers: Bill Haley and the Comets, Elvis Presley • Instruments: double bass, drum kit, keyboard • Chords: C, F, G, Am • 12-bar blues and I-vi-IV-V chord progressions Assessments • Performing (keyboard) – 12-bar blues • Composing – group arrangement of a Rock ‘n’ Roll song • Listening – Hound Dog This topic can be followed up with the topic on The Beatles, which introduces more secondary triads and more complex song structures, reflecting the development of rock music in the 1960s.
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50 Christmas Carols

50 Christmas Carols

50 Traditional Christmas Carols, arranged for four parts on treble and bass staves, with lyrics. Both Sibelius and pdf formats included.
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African Music 1 - Introduction/Wimmoweh

African Music 1 - Introduction/Wimmoweh

Lesson 1 of African Music KS3 scheme of work (or standalone lesson) N.B. This is designed as a modular scheme of work with self-contained lessons linked by recurring themes. It works well in a short half of term and/or one interrupted by trips, exams, etc. Lessons 3 and 4 work best when taught consecutively. Objectives • Performing: to sing traditional African songs and to play African percussion • Composing: to create a layered, syncopated rhythmic ostinato within a group performance • Listening: to learn about, and to recognise, African musical styles and instruments Lesson overview • Lesson 1: Wimmoweh • Lesson 2: African instruments • Lesson 3: African rhythms • Lesson 4: Group composition • Lesson 5: Singing African Songs • Lesson 6: Listening to African Music • Research assignment (cover lesson/homework – no listening required) Vocabulary • African instruments: o CABASA large gourd with a handle covered with a network of stringed beads o KORA a harp with 21 strings, resounding in half a large gourd, covered with skin o TALKING DRUM A drum with two heads which are kept taut by strings o MARIMBA A set of wooden bars arranged in a row over a set of resonating gourds o DJEMBE A large single-headed drum o THUMB-PIANO A wooden board with thin metal strips attached to it • Polyrhythm and cross rhythm • Call-and-response • Ostinato • Layering • A capella • Close and parallel harmony Assessment • Performing: singing an African song (Lesson 5) • Composing: creating a rhythmic ostinato as part of a group composition/performance (Lessons 3 and 4) • Listening: ‘Listening to African Music’ (Lesson 6)
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As with gladness men of old

As with gladness men of old

A complete carol from '50 Christmas Carols', edited by Chris Gill. Arranged for four parts (SATB) on two staves, with chord symbols above, and lyrics for all of the verses printed in between the staves. The complete edition of '50 Christmas Carols' is available as a pdf and Sibelius file from TES resources, or as a paperback from Amazon.
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Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne

A complete carol from '50 Christmas Carols', edited by Chris Gill. Arranged for four parts (SATB) on two staves, with chord symbols above, and lyrics for all of the verses printed in between the staves. The complete edition of '50 Christmas Carols' is available as a pdf and Sibelius file from TES resources, or as a paperback from Amazon.
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