Free sheet music for children is an even better idea when it's a beautiful and easy piano song with which they may already be familiar. I have had several students inform me that the Carol of the Bells (or Hark How the Bells) is the "Home Alone" movie theme!
Beginner piano students are frequently thrilled to have this easy piano music -- even in July! -- because they love to play "real" music they have heard before. When I demonstrate this song to them, I actually play the harder version so that they will recognize the tune.
Here's the Carol of the Bells for beginner piano students; notice that the left hand has no fingering. I suggest the thumb on Middle C, but you (the teacher) may prefer the "2" finger. See what your student starts to do at the beginning of the song, and if their own fingering works for them, it might just be a good idea to let them go with it.
But it's so easy!
Yes, but little kids still like to play it! There is enough inherent mystery, I guess, to pull them into this piece.
I have found this beginner piano version of the Carol of the Bells (also known as the Ukrainian Bell Carol) to be a really good way to "grind" the rhythm of the four-note motif into students' heads. When they are made to count "1-2, 1, 1, 1-2. 1-2, 1, 1, 1-2," it seems easier than to meet it for the first time with eighth notes. (See my regular version of the Ukrainian Bell Carol.) And kids are generally kind of slow with the LH at this level of playing, so counting long beats makes sense to them in this song.
There's a different kind of hand coordination going on with this easy song -- busy LH, easy RH. To make it last longer, have students repeat the song up an octave.
This easy piano song sounds very pretty -- and Christmasy -- with the pedal held down. Young kids love to use the pedal, and in this piece, it's okay, because it is a song about bells...
Have fun with Carol of the Bells!
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Miggy, United Kingdom:
I've just found your website and I think I've died and gone to heaven. I've just taken up the piano again after 35 years absence... buying sheet music was getting expensive/a luxury. The tips are great too. I also live in the middle of nowhere so buying from a shop is not really an option unless I fancy a 120 mile round trip for a piece of sheet music!
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I used to teach piano lessons, and then did not for a number of years. Now, suddenly, I have 3 beginning students and I am thrilled. I was looking for printable scales and found your wonderful website. Thank you so much. I know this will be a big help to me and my students.
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Thank you. Just wanted to say I found your website by mistake but what a blessing it has been. I am a missionary wife living in Spain (for many, many years) and I teach piano to Spanish children and adults. I have the barrier of very few usable things in Spanish, and can so identify with the need to write things suitable for the student...
Thank you for the free downloads! I'm a private teacher and I teach piano and beginner voice as well. :) I've been running my studio for about a year and I've come across the same issue; I don't want my students to have to purchase an entire supplemental book for only a couple of songs. So thank you for this site...some great downloads!!
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