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30 Christmas Piano Favorites, from Zero to Mozart

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Piano Solo, Easy Piano - Easy/Beginner - Digital Download
Method, Repertoire, Technique Training, Christmas. 168 pages. Published by Scott Camp (S0.172059).

Item Number: S0.172059


90 Progressively Sequenced Arrangements

From Zero to Mozart

Arranged by Scott Camp


3 Versions Per Song:  Book 1, 2, and 3

1.   Angels We Have Heard on High

2.   Auld Lang Syne

3.   Away in a Manger

4.   Away in a Manger (Cradle Song)

5.   Carol of the Bells (Ukranian Bell Carol)

6.   Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

7.   Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker Ballet by Tchaikovsky)

8.   Deck the Halls

9.   The First Noel

10.  Go Tell It On The Mountain

11. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

12.  Good King Wenceslas

13. Hallelujah Chorus (from Messiah by Handel)

14. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

15. I Saw Three Ships on Christmas Day

16. Jingle Bells

17. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

18. Joy to the World (Handel)

19. O Christmas Tree

20. O Come, All Ye Faithful

21. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

22. O Holy Night

23. O Little Town of Bethlehem

24.   Silent Night

25. The Twelve Days of Christmas

26.   Trepak (from the Nutcracker Ballet by Tchaikovsky)

27.   Up on the Housetop

28.   We Three Kings

29.   We Wish You a Merry Christmas

30. What Child is This?

    This collection consists of three versions of each song, progressing in difficulty for the first, second, and third years of piano study, for a total of 90 arrangements.   By combining all three difficulty levels in one collection, it is possible to work from beginning to end, creating your own "crash course" in playing piano music.


     These are the arrangements I created for my piano students during the Christmas season. Over the years, I observed that for most students, there is not enough time between Thanksgiving and Christmas to learn big arrangements of new material, but,  if we build on the previous years' work, students can prepare impressive performances  even during a busy holiday season.      

     The premise of this collection is that if you know and love these songs, you will be able to use these songs to learn how to play piano music in general.  For many years, the songs in the first book have been learned, performed, and enjoyed by students who only started piano lessons 3 months earlier.  So, here's how to do it:    

          In Book One, play all the songs starting with the ones you know and love the most.  In all fairness, you’re not starting at exactly “zero”.  You will need to know the names of the white keys on the piano, and number your fingers 1-5, thumb is one and little finger is five.  Hand Positions are always presented, and except for Middle C Position, they tell you the lowest note of the hand position:  LH (left hand) 5 or RH (right hand) 1.    

    “Middle C Position” (both thumbs on middle C) is the only hand position that does not indicate the lowest note.  Santa's picture means Middle C position, with no hand position changes, so these are the easiest.     

         In Book Two, the RH (right hand) progresses to playing complete melodies by itself, freeing the LH (left hand) to play TRIADS in root position for a solid accompaniment.  Triads are easily recognized three note chords (LH fingers 5  3  1) with the hand position note on the bottom (lowest note).  

      In Book Three, the LH progresses to play TRIAD INVERSIONS (different order of notes from bottom to top) for a smoother performance.   A new symbol (Cv2 or Cv3) is introduced for triad inversions to insure the correct technique.  Patterns are also introduced for a more sophisticated sound.  

     Triads are so common and fundamentally important that they get special attention.  "v” simply means one skipped key between thumb and 2nd finger.  Cv2 and Cv3 mean:

C is the lowest note (hand position)

v means one skipped key between thumb and finger 2

2 or 3 answer two remaining crucial questions.  Given the easily recognizable three note chord (triad), it is easy to understand that fingers 1 and 5 play the highest and lowest (outer) notes.  But the middle note is not obvious. 

What note is it?  

Which finger plays it?  

The large number (2 or 3) answers both questions.

    Finally, hand positions and finger numbers are sometimes challenging, but not generally interesting, compelling, or motivating in and of themselves.  However, they provide the necessary foundation upon which to consider matters of higher musical interest:  phrasing, dynamics, articulation, tone, balance between voices, rhythm, tempo, emotion, drama, and formal structure.  The whole point of the V Gap notation system is to spend less time on fingering to free up more time for the higher level matters which truly are challenging and difficult.

What Happens After Christmas?

     Most students enjoy a variety of types of music, even if they have a strong preference for one style or another.  “Classical Piano Literature, Volume One” is a logical next step after this Christmas collection.  Individual pop/rock songs (“Hallelujah”, songs by Coldplay, etc, etc) are also logical, and offer the same potential for expression as the classical category, both available through  

     Another essential category for elementary students is “Modern Piano Solos” with wonderful music by composers including Catherine Rollin, Martha Mier, Robert Vandall, Dennis Alexander, Carolyn Miller, and many others.  This category also includes great jazz style piano music, especially by Martha Mier.

     While enjoying piano repertoire in a variety of styles (Modern, Jazz, Pop/Rock, Classical) is the primary focus, reaching a higher level of musicianship will require attention to the various activities within music.  Fortunately, inexpensive technology is available to develop essential skills including music reading, rhythm, tempo, and ear training.  My favorites are TENUTO and READRHYTHM.  While there's no absolute reason you can't do all of this on your own, in reality, if you want to progress most effectively, you'll almost certainly need and benefit from guidance and input from professional instruction.  

     So, good luck with piano, and I hope to see your piano videos on youtube someday!  Let me know if you have any questions, comments, etc.

  Scott Camp is a lifelong student of music, performer, and instructor.  B.A. University of Tennessee, B.M. New England Conservatory of Music, M.M. New England Conservatory of Music

     Scott Camp studied jazz piano, improvisation, composition, and theory at the University of Tennessee (BA), New England Conservatory of Music (BM, MM), and the University of Iowa (doctoral studies in theory/composition).  Scott was a board member and past president of the Asheville Area Piano Forum, where he taught piano lessons and also served as pianist/choir director.  Scott's students' piano recital performances, as well as his own performances, are well documented on YouTube, in addition to two full length albums with wife Patsy Brison, RAIN DOWN LOVE (2013) and FOR A BETTER WORLD (2016) available on iTunes.

     While teaching piano in the Asheville area from 2003-2015, Scott created the V (gap) system of notating expanded hand positions through which all piano music can be presented and learned through hand positions and finger numbers.

This entire collection is also available individually or in three separate books:


30 Christmas Piano Favorites for First Year Piano
30 Christmas Piano Favorites for Second Year Piano
30 Christmas Piano Favorites for Third Year Piano

Find all the scottnotes/V arrangements on my Publisher Page on Sheet Music Plus: 

21 Guns (GREENDAY)


Best Day of My Life (AMERICAN AUTHORS)

Boulevard of Broken Dreams (GREENDAY)
Fireflies (OWL CITY)
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) (GREENDAY)
Hallelujah (SHREK/Leonard Cohen)
How to Save a Life (THE FRAY)
Paradise (COLDPLAY)
Skinny Love (BIRDY)
The Scientist (COLDPLAY)
Skyfall (ADELE)
Stay With Me (SAM SMITH)
Viva La Vida (COLDPLAY)
What I've Done (LINKIN PARK)

Let it Go (FROZEN)
Climb Every Mountain (THE SOUND OF MUSIC)
My Favorite Things (THE SOUND OF MUSIC)
The Sound of Music (THE SOUND OF MUSIC)
Fiddler on the Roof (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF)
If I Were a Rich Man (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF)
Skyfall (ADELE)

Advanced Pop/Rock
Bohemian Rhapsody (QUEEN)
Blackbird (Beatles/LENNON/MCCARTNEY)
IMAGINE (LENNON) Advanced Pop/Rock

Nocturne in Eb, Op 9, No 2 (CHOPIN)
Impromptu, Op 90, No 2 (Schubert)
Sonata Pathetique, Op 13 I Grave/Allegro (BEETHOVEN)

Happy Birthday (First Year Students)


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  • November 04, 2018 Not what I hoped

    Level 1 is great for beginners, but the other two levels have too much on the page for my liking. I wish the "code" wasn't there, though I understand it's meant to help the beginner. The chords can be tricky to navigate too. I had hoped for more...

    broken chords in LH, not so hymn-like. Sadly, I may not use it much for my students.

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  • October 30, 2018 Ingenious!

    What a great idea. I bought this for book 3 only, but this collection of 3 books can be enjoyed by many family members, children included. Nice sounding arrangements, and the fingering indications are very helpful to me. Great value, a must have for the holiday season. In fact, what...

    a great Christmas gift this would be for a new musician, young or old.

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  • October 03, 2017 Love, LOVE, LOVE THIS!!!!!

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS COLLECTION! It has lots of wonderful pieces, all in three levels of difficulty. It has fingering above each note and hand positions each time they change, which is great for Christmas music, especially, because we don't have long to work on it! So proud that...

    I bought this collection!!!!

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