Chrissy Ricker: Rockin' Christmas Songbooks

Merry Chrissy-mas! Get the scoop on Chrissy Ricker's "Rockin' Christmas" songbook series which is chock-full of solos that will be a sure-fire hit with your students!

Chrissy Ricker: Rockin' Christmas Songbooks

Want to add a little pep to your next holiday recital? The “Rockin’ Christmas” series might be just what you need! Get the scoop on these 2 one-of-a-kind volumes of Christmas arrangements below!


Easy Rockin’ Christmas (Late Beginner—Early Intermediate)

If your late beginners have played many of the standard Christmas tunes and are itching for something a little bit different, check out this easy collection!

Teaching concepts include: simple syncopated rhythms, easy pop-style harmonies, and introductory jazz elements including swing rhythm and simplified seventh chords.


1. “Rock Those Halls”

The minor key and driving rhythm add appeal to this rock-style version of the traditional carol “Deck the Halls.”

This piece is also available as a sheet music single:


2. “The Brightest Star”

This easy lyrical arrangement of the traditional song “Away in a Manger” is an elegant selection for older students who crave sophisticated pieces but need music that isn’t overly difficult to play.

This piece is also available as a sheet music single:


A Rockin’ Christmas (Early- to Mid-Intermediate)

Intermediate students of all ages will enjoy these fresh arrangements of traditional holiday favorites in pop, rock, and jazz styles!

Teaching concepts include: more advanced syncopated rhythms, a wider variety of left hand accompaniment patterns (including broken chords and boogie-style bass lines), and more opportunities for expressive playing using dynamics, tempo changes, and pedaling.


1. “Rock On, Merry Gentlemen!”

A syncopated bass line using “power chords” puts a fresh rock spin on the traditional carol “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.”

This piece is also available as a sheet music single:


2. “All Is Calm”

Contemporary harmonies create a lush sound in this lovely, lyrical arrangement of the carol “Silent Night.”

This piece is also available as a sheet music single:


Want even more pop-style holiday solos? Check out four Christmas singles that are brand-new for 2023 for your advancing intermediate students HERE.


👋 How about some awesome holiday solos by Chrissy Ricker?


Chrissy Ricker
Written by Chrissy Ricker
Chrissy Ricker holds a Master’s degree in music with a concentration in piano performance and pedagogy from Meredith College in North Carolina and is also a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. She enjoys composing music that is educational, motivational, and just plain fun to play. Her piano music has been featured on the contest lists of many state and national organizations, including the National Federation of Music Clubs.

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