Fuzzy Wuzzy is a well-known short poem that is fun to say. Now with lettered notes or a "helper" version, it is a cute piano piece that uses musical surprise, by way of quarter rests, to punctuate the riddle of the fuzzy little bear.
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 unnecessary rests in the graphics of this easy piano music. To a beginner, lots of symbols can be a distraction.
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.
For children who really aren't finding connecting fingers with piano keys intuitive, try this lettered notes version:
What I really like to do is give Fuzzy Wuzzy 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.
And if they only need a tiny bit of help, here is an Alphanotes "helper" arrangement:
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.
Do you have a funny story about this music, or does it remind you of something you'd like to share with other readers? Do you have a question? I'd love to hear it!
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