December Free Holiday Sheet Music: Carol of the Bells and Rock of Ages

Happy December Piano Friends

I hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving, filled with music, love and gratitude. Today I got out my holiday cookie recipes and am looking forward to baking for my piano students!

This month I wanted to offer you an arrangement of the Ukrainian Bell Carol which we call Carol of the Bells. It’s a beautiful carol with a mesmerizing ostinato (a musical phrase that repeats throughout a piece) and not too difficult to play:

PRINT Carol of the Bells

Carol of the Bells will only be free for 1 year so print today!

Demonstration video for Carol of the Bells


I also have created an arrangement for the traditional Hanukkah song, Rock of Ages (A.K.A. Ma’oz Tsur) for early intermediate piano. If my arrangement is too difficult for you, leave off the top note of any bass chord, and the bottom note of any treble interval.

Demonstration video for Rock of Ages

I hope that wherever and however you celebrate this holiday season, you will enjoy playing and giving the gift of music. And maybe send some love to the embattled Ukrainians as you play Carol of the Bells.

I have some BIG news coming soon about my new book, and about a new project I have begun to offer free video piano lessons to older adult beginners. More news about these projects in the coming weeks. Many thanks for your support, and I hope you enjoy playing Rock of Ages and Carol of the Bells this month! I LOVE your comments! Tell us what you are playing or what you would like to play on the piano?! Or just say “hi!” I love getting to know who is receiving and playing my free arrangements!

With love and music, Gaili

P.S. If you are new to this blog, welcome! I am a veteran piano teacher of 35 years! I post free sheet music every month, arranged for beginning to intermediate piano students, plus worksheets, practice tips and information on music and the brain. I have written piano instruction books for older adults (UpperHandsPiano.com), younger adults and teens (PianoPowered.com), Songs of the Seasons piano sheet music books for seasonal classical and popular favorites, and my latest piano/guitar/vocals books called The Music Remedy – sheet music collections to restore and revitalize the spirit. Check out my books on the websites above, or click below to view a few of them on Amazon.com.

4 Replies to “December Free Holiday Sheet Music: Carol of the Bells and Rock of Ages”

  1. Thank you for your blogs and fine selections of music throughout the year. Greetings of the season to you and your family.

  2. Every year I haul out the holiday tunes learned in previous years to see if I can play them better — have I improved? I also add a new one or two, and this year I look forward to learning Carol of the Bells, a favorite whenever I hear it sung or played. Thank you for this lovely gift!

    1. That’s great to hear Kathy! I hope you are seeing progress, and if not record yourself each year so that you can hear your progress! I hope you enjoy playing Carol of the Bells. I just love it and am happy to share it with you. Thanks so much for your comment!

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