Thursday, December 12, 2013

Carol of the Bells for Orff (finally!!)

I've been avoiding writing this post because of the amount of time I thought it would take. I'm going to go out on a limb and hope you all will not mind the imperfections of this final product. Here is the list of things I was going to mention in more detail:

1. The arrangement is very close to the traditional SATB Carol of the Bells.
2. The Orff instruments I have do not have G#, which created a few issues. I chose to use piano to play  the one important section that contained the note. There is another section that I am hoping doesn't sound too bad with a G natural.
3. The notation system I used was free online, and I had very little time to write it, so there are a few issues with it. Oh well! I hope to edit on a better notation system some other time.

Ok! That's it! My fifth graders are loving it. I'll post a recording if I can. The one included here is a demo that I created on Garage Band.


  1. Hello Beth!
    I love this version of Carol of the Bells. Most Orff arrangements I've seen have been very difficult for my students to successfully complete. Your arrangement seems perfect! Would you mind if I used it for their winter performance?
    Thank you,
    Sara Robbins

  2. Hello! I loved your version. So excited to try it out. What was the notation program your used?

    1. I used a font called "music teacher" in my word processing program. Glad you like it!