Christmas Classics Volume 1: Soundtrack
Soundtrack arranged by Jennifer Eklund
Recordings for the Christmas Classics Volume 1 holiday songbook by Jennifer Eklund.
Christmas Classics Volume 1: Soundtrack (Digital: Single User)
Christmas Classics Volume 1: Soundtrack (Digital: Unlimited Reproductions)
About the arranger
Jennifer Eklund holds a bachelor’s degree in music with an emphasis in performance and pedagogy and a master’s degree in historical musicology from California State University, Long Beach. She is an avid arranger, composer, and author of the Piano Pronto® method books series as well as a wide variety of supplemental songbooks for students of all ages and levels.
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