“Little Drummer” is a popular Christmas song was written by the American classical music composer Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941, based upon a traditional Czech carol.
On this page you can find Notes, Chords and Activities for the song, a Printable PDF for free Download, and a piano tutorial video.
If you would like to watch and sing this children’s song, click here for the Karaoke version.
How to play Little Drummer Boy on the Piano – Easy Piano Tutorial Video
Sheet music with chords
To save this free music sheet of “The Little Drummer Boy” to your computer, right click (or tap and hold, on mobile devices) and choose “Save Image As…”.
Free Printable PDF with Music sheet and Lyrics
To download a ready-to-print PDF of this song for music activities with a music sheet, lyrics and a drawing for kids to paint, right click (or tap and hold) on the following link, then choose “Save link as…”.
This song is a good opportunity for children to practice the change between half and quarters and repeat a stable motif.
Ask them to clap (or use a little drum) steadily on the scheme “one half-two quarters” and then the teacher starts to sing alone.
It’s not so easy for children to keep the actual song rhythm without following the rhythm of the lyrics, but there can be a real challenge for them: who is going to be the little drummer that will play the big drum of the class?
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