Lesson Plan for SoundTree

December 2005


Jingle Bells In Four Parts


National Standard:  2 – Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

6 - Listening to, analyzing and describing music.

7 - Evaluating music and music performances.


Objective:     The students (in groups of four) will perform for the class a four-part arrangement of the holiday song Jingle Bells (provided) with each student performing one part of the arrangement. 


The parts in this score are written in various levels of difficulty.  They employ the G Position and D Position, as well as a simple one-note percussion part.  This allows for differentiated instruction.  Teacher should assign the parts to ensure that each student is given a part that they will have success with.


Materials:     A networked keyboard lab with computers and headphones.

                  Jingle Bells in Four Parts Score.

                  Jingle Bells in Four Parts Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.



1.    Teacher hands out the Jingle Bells in Four Parts Parts 1-4 to the appropriate students.

2.    Teacher set the GEC3 to Lecture Mode and performs each of the four parts for the students.

3.    Teacher explains that Parts 1 and 3 are in G Position and points out the fingerings that are written in above each note.  Part 2 is in D Position, and also has the fingerings written in.  Part 4 is a simple percussion pattern that does not employ a position.

4.    Teacher asks if there are any students who would like to perform any of the parts for the class.  Bring any student who volunteers into Lecture Mode.

5.    After sufficient time, Teacher sets the GEC3 to Group Mode and puts the students in groups of four.  You can do this quickly by selecting the Quartet option in the upper right hand corner of the screen.  If there are two students per keyboard you can select the Duet option instead and have each student play a different part (in different octaves as necessary).

6.    Students work together on the arrangement.  Students should select one student to act as the conductor.  This student should count out loud as they perform the arrangement.

7.    Students who are playing Parts 1, 2 or 3 should select Tone #001 for their part and students who play Part 4 should select Tone #500 and follow the graphic chart above the keyboard to find the Jingle Bell sound (the corresponding note is the B that is two octaves above middle C).

8.    After sufficient time, Teacher sets the GEC3 to Lecture Mode and invites each group to perform the arrangement for the class.

9.    Students are asked to critique each performance.



Extensions:            Students could select their own tones for each part, and discuss why they chose their selected tones.


                           Students could also sing the words to Jingle Bells as they perform the piece.


                           Teacher could record each performance through the GEC3 for archival purposes.