“I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas”

I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas

Happy Holidays Everybody! Three of my youngest (and most adorable) students and I recorded a Christmas video for you. I hope this video puts a big smile on your face.

“I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas” Lyrics PDF

You can find the sheet music here- “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas” Sheet Music

Music & Kids

Vera, Veronika & Riley prepared for 3 weeks to learn and memorize the song “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas”. They had never met before getting together to film the video. An hour later, they were fast friends.

Kids gain so much from musical experiences. The fondest memories I have from childhood revolve around music- singing & piano lessons, choir, theater, talent shows & recitals. These experiences molded me in a profound and positive way.

I have friendships of over 20 years that were bonded through music.

A childhood rich in musical experiences also helped to develop my musical ear- fundamentals like pitch and rhythm. Music builds new pathways and connections in a child’s developing brain. Much like learning a language.

Studying music does more than just build a musical skill set. Studies show that learning a musical instrument could help children to reduce feelings of anxiety, gain a greater control of their emotions and give a stronger focus to their attention. Here’s a great article on the subject.

Time magazine published a informative article online about the academic benefits to music study- “This Is How Music Can Change Your Brain”

Is It Too Late For Me?

Are you an adult who has never studied music before? It’s never too late to get into music. Sure, kids have the advantage of having little sponge-like brains that soak up new information. But, adults have skills that kids don’t have that are really useful in learning music; such as focus, concentration, discipline and the ability to understand deep or complex concepts.

If you really want to learn to sing or play an instrument- go for it! Sign up for classes with a local teacher or try skype music lessons from your own home.

Wishing you the happiest of Holidays,

Meghan Nixon


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