Fuzzy Wuzzy is a well-known short poem that is fun to say. Here is free piano music for beginners (written by me!) that you can give your students as soon as they know what a rest is, or even to teach them about rests.
What's so special about this song?
This free easy sheet music uses musical surprise, by way of quarter rests, to emphasize the riddle behind the story of the little bear. See how many of your students notice the rests, much less count them, the first time through!
Notice that there are no extras in the graphics of this easy piano music - sometimes I like to dispense with treble & bass clefs in beginner sheet music. To a beginner, lots of symbols can be a distraction. Perhaps I will ask the student to draw them in (with a little pre-practice on scrap paper).
What skills does this song call for?
This short song seems very easy, and yet it draws on a number of skills young beginning students have been building: coordination of the two hands, staff and note recognition, counting, and using rests. Plus, it makes kids feel successful and smart to be able to figure it out quickly.
What I really like to do is give it to kids who have mastered the note-reading of Sharks; it starts on the same note, and moves just a little. Though it's a lot harder, since it keeps moving up into the right hand, fortunately the linking note is Middle C, which beginner piano students tend to recognize easily.
A short drawing lesson is possible with this music
Notice that the treble and bass clefs are missing. If recognizing the clefs and even drawing them is a skill your student is working on, they will find it fun to put the missing clef signs in. It is time well spent for them, getting very familiar with swirling the curly line around treble clef G, and placing the two dots around bass clef F.
Let them figure it out on their own
Once, I handed out copies of this piece toward the end of a group keyboard class, and announced that anyone who could figure it out and play it correctly without any help from me would get one Jolly Rancher candy. That was a fun and motivating way to wrap up the hour! Kids seem to remember a thing better when they struggle through it themselves.
An easy song for quick success
I don't spend a lot of time on little pieces like this, but they are fun and quick for students who can read them at once and thereby gauge how much progress they have made since they started, and they are also useful for very young pianists who are still challenged by the location of B and Middle C. For the very young beginner, Fuzzy Wuzzy can be a good next step after Snakes, Snakes Go for a Walk, and Sharks.
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