For nearly a year now I have been transcribing the melodies of many popular, traditional Christmas carols into the Sibelius music notation system. All of these songs are in the public domain, and so likewise I am providing these Christmas songs as free sheet music and lyrics for anyone to download and print at their convenience. You do not need to have the Sibelius software to view these files. Copies of each part are provided in Adobe PDF format as well. However, in order to edit this sheet music or change the key of the music you will need to have Sibelius installed on your computer. You may feel free to edit the lyrics and sheet music in these files for your own personal or educational use. Any commercial use or distribution of these files is prohibited without the written permission of the arranger.
All of these seasonal Christmas songs are available for all common concert band instruments, including the flute, B-flat clarinet, E-flat alto sax, B-flat tenor sax, B-flat trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone (playing trombone music), tuba, percussion, and bells. Each piece of free Christmas sheet music is the main melody only. The primary reason I wrote all of these songs out was to give my students the opportunity to play the actual carol melody even when that instrument normally gets to play anything but the melody (such as the poor tuba section). All of the parts are arranged to be playable by beginning musicians in their first few years of musical instruction. In other words, almost anyone should be able to play these traditional Christmas carol melodies on their instrument with little trouble.
Chad Criswell is a career music educator working in the Iowa public schools. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications both online and in print. He currently serves as the national music technology writer for NAfME's Teaching Music Magazine and has presented sessions at numerous music education conferences including the 2012 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.
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