Wednesday, November 7, 2012

All I Want For Christmas ... Orff Style!

So I was going through my holiday program with my first graders and realized we are simply running out of time.. we have a weird schedule and sometimes I see them and other weeks I don't... a tad bit frustrating and it's changing in January! We have been working on the song, "All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth" but there is simply not enough time..... so.... I got busy! Here's the new arrangement: Introduction played on piano, straight to the chorus. Back to the introduction, students speak: "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men SAID (roll dominant chord on piano while they hold out the word "SAID"); "All I Want for Christmas.... (sing the chorus again) Back to the introduction, students speak: "Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown, and SAID; "All I Want for... " Back to the introduction, students speak: "Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, eating her curds and whey. Along came a spider and sat down beside her and SAID; "All I Want ...." Sing Chorus one final time. We are also going to add some body percussion to each spoken part; if we had more time, we might add another Mother Goose rhyme... Hey, Diddle Diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon. The little dog laughed to see such sport and SAID... I would also consider having the students play the beat on UPP instruments; drums/skins for Humpty Dumpty, metals for Jack and Jill, shakers for Little Miss Muffet, and woods for Hey Diddle Diddle. Have fun with this one!


  1. Hello! Love your site! I saw that you mentioned that you were doing a winter program with 1st grade. This is my first year teaching and I would LOVE some ideas for my winter program with first grade. Any song ideas would be greatly appreciated. THANKS!

    1. Hi Melissa! Welcome to teaching.. my concert programs include all grades, not only first! I have lots of advice.. message me at so I can send you a BUNCH of stuff! :)

  2. Can you send me stuff too? I only see my students once a week and this is my first year at this school.

  3. Brilliant! My students will love this one!