It seems like we are just coming back from summer break and already the anxiety over Winter/Christmas Concert is looming. After a few years, it gets more difficult to pick songs that your students haven’t performed yet, and so begins the internet search. Or you’ll get that kid who says, “Teacher, we performed that in 2nd grade,” while rolling their eyes!
A few things to consider…
It’s a good idea to be in communication early on with your principal. Find out the rules about performing or not performing religious music. Find out what the style of your principal is. You are not only pleasing kids and parents but your superiors as well. Some principals are really easy going while others will micro-manage every aspect and comb through every lyric. I like to have a meeting with my principal at the beginning of the school year and then email them the concert links and lyrics (with any changes) as soon as I can. Be sure to tell them that this is a work in progress so they can put their input into it as well.
Here are a few ideas for Winter Concert Themes with some song examples.
Every one likes snow in December. Try a concert with a Winterland theme.
Christmas Around the World
Christmas music has a rich history all around the world. A Christmas around the world concert can help kids with different cultural backgrounds feel included.
Multi-Cultural Holiday Traditions
You can celebrate different winter and holiday cultures such as Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa as well.
Santa Claus Concert
A Santa themed concert can be really fun, and if you know someone with a Santa costume, you can bring them out at the end to spread the holiday cheer.
If you teach older students or at a Christian school, consider a Christian themed concert.
How many songs mention bells? Try a shiny bell themed concert and even bring out the jingle bells for the little ones to play.
Christmas Tree Theme
Trees are mentioned in many Christmas songs and winter poems.
Rock and Roll Theme
Everyone likes an upbeat concert. Let’s rock and roll!
Silent Night Christmas
We all love our favorite Christmas movies during the holidays. Pick some songs from films and television.
What is winter without the spirit of giving? Try a gift based winter concert theme.
After all the hustle and bustle is over, hopefully we are filled with peace. Here are a few songs for the occasion.
There are so many songs that it would be impossible to list all the themes and songs for each, and of course there is a lot of overlapping in the lyrics. Use this as a beginning and let us know in the comments if you have any more ideas!