Most musicians who’ve been at it for a long time come to tolerate the long Christmas season. What audiences don’t realize is that while they might get tired of all the Christmas Carols from November and December, musicians start practicing them back as early as August.
That’s how much time it takes to make something beautiful.
And somehow, we still find passion enough in the repeated repertoire to present magnificent pieces spanning the birth of Christ to Santa on the roof. Now, I’m a little bit of an outlier, but I truly love Christmas music. There’s something inherently joyful about all of it, even ones that say, “I’m sorry I can’t be there for Christmas.”
Something even cooler about Christmas music is the vast genres it encompasses. While being a genre itself, it also includes jazz (some of the only jazz people listen to), classical (think Handel’s Messiah), choral (carols and hymns alike), instrumental, vocal, mixes, mashups. Anyone who wants to be anyone in the music world does Christmas music. There’s just no way around it.
Even though it’s a consumer holiday at this point, I find myself more hopeful because of the music, because even musicians can find some passion in it. I’ve arranged and recorded five songs for Christmas, which I will share each Friday starting after Thanksgiving!
About the Author
Amy King is a music theory and piano instructor currently residing in the Chicago area.
She holds a Master of Music in Music Theory and Cognition from Northwestern University (June 2020) and a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance and English Literature from High Point University (May 2016), where she received the Outstanding Senior Music Major Award, which is awarded to one single graduating music student per year.
Amy has been teaching private piano lessons for 12+ years, taught classroom music theory for 5 years, directed choirs spanning ages 4–25, led and arranged for a university a capella group, and composed and arranged music for various soloists and ensembles.