Is it feeling festive where you are?

I’m about to celebrate my first cold Christmas in twenty years, and I’m pretty excited about that.

(It’s much easier to get in the holiday spirit when it’s snowing, rather than sweltering!)

I’m busy facilitating both in-person and virtual music therapy sessions, and planning a virtual holiday show. For my middle and high school students, I love to bring in a mix of classic holiday songs, as well as those sung by popular artists.

Here are some Christmas pop songs that you’ll want to check out if you work with tweens and teens:

Like It’s Christmas by Jonas Brothers – your clients can clap the rhythm pattern in the accompaniment

Cozy Little Christmas by Katy Perry

Mistletoe by Justin Bieber

That’s Christmas To Me by Pentatonix – I show my clients the official music video and then ask them to share their favorite holiday memory

God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman/We Three Kings by Bare Naked Ladies featuring Sarah McLachlan

All I Want For Christmas Is Your by Mariah Carey

You Make It Feel Like Christmas by Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton

Fa La La by Justin Bieber featuring Boyz II Men

Make It To Christmas by Alessia Cara

Christmas Makes Me Cry by Kacey Musgraves – an important song to have in our toolbox, because the holidays may bring up a variety of different emotions for our clients

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays by NSYNC

And some Hanukkah Songs:

Candlelight by The Maccabeats

Happy Hanukkah by Matisyahu

Latke Recipe by The Maccabeats

All About That Neis by Maccabeats

These are some fun songs to sprinkle in with your more traditional ones. Happy Holidays!