Not Really Jingle Bells

Not Really Jingle Bells

Mike Drobish
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University of the Arts

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:



High School


Music Theory


iMac with Finale/Sibelius installed, keyboard, and headphones


45 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

basic notation entry

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 3: Improvising melodies, harmonies, and accompaniments.
MENC 4: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
MENC 5: Reading and notating music.
MENC 6: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.


worksheet supplied by teacher (could be in file form)


SWBAT enter a simple one line melody into a notation program using the simple entry tool palette.
SWBAT analyze given melody, and rearrange it into a recognizable song “Jingle Bells” using the cut and paste option in a new template.


1. Open Sibelius.
2. Create a new project for flute.
3. Make the project contain 16 measures.
4. Copy the supplied worksheet into the notation software using the simple entry tool palette.
5. Playback what you have entered. Does it sound familiar?
6. It should. Can you name this famous tune? Now try to rearrange it into the song we know it as.
7. Open a new template for flute, and cut and paste the measures into the new template in the proper order.
8. Playback the finished project. Is it right?
9. For extra credit, transpose to a different key and add a chordal accompaniment pattern. You will have to open a new template to do this (for flute and guitar.)


Check both templates:
1.Were the students able to successfully notate the supplied worksheet?
2. Could they then manipulate that information to create the actual song?

Follow Up:

Select another well-known melody and mix up the measures. Leave some of them blank, allowing the students to fill in the gaps. Repeat above lesson.

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