Anatomy of a Christmas Carol: We Wish You a Merry Christmas

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” is a traditional English Christmas carol whose origins are unknown. Regardless of where it came from, it is a short and familiar tune that contains an interesting use of sequences and non-diatonic harmony. Exploring form, melody, and harmony in short, familiar tunes like this one provides an excellent entrance …

Anatomy of a Christmas Carol: Deck the Hall

Deck the Hall is a classic Welsh Christmas carol from the 16th century. From its long-lasting popularity, we can learn how looking at the harmony, melody, and overall structure of a piece contributes to our ability as performers to control more fully how we express emotion and narrative (if there is a story) in a …

The First Noel

With all the tumult of the Christmas season, I forgot about this blog. :/ Oh well, at least I can share some Christmas cheer with you all the best way I know how. New song on the SoundCloud channel: Hope you all enjoy! Merry Christmas!

Christmas Music

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 …