Happy Birthday is a song everyone knows, but few can play! Offered here in keys for all instruments, you can teach it to your students with this free printable sheetmusic. Look for the lead sheets below, and a two-hand melody version for beginning pianists (with optional duet secondo), and also a simple piano arrangement with chords.
People all around the world know the tune for Happy Birthday:
The piano arrangement I have here uses a simple, bouncy left-hand chord accompaniment in the "Oom-pah,pah" style. My piano teacher (Mrs. Catherine Hahn, a wonderful woman) began her students with this "bass note, chord, chord" approach, using all root-position chords instead of inversions. This made understanding basic chords and even the 7th chords very easy.
Here is the melody of Happy Birthday for voice and piano:
Download Happy Birthday in the key of D
Download free sheet music in the key of Eb
Download free birthday song in the key of F
Download vocal and piano song in the key of G
Below is the melody of Happy Birthday as a lead sheet, for any instrument. Verse two uses words I heard in Sunday School as a child, but did not understand until I was an adult! "Happy Birthday to you -- Only one (just having ONE birthday) will not do! "Born again" ("Ye must be born again", John Chapter 3 in the New Testament portion of the Bible) means Salvation; How many (how many "birth - days" -- how many times have you been BORN) have you?
Download Birthday song lead sheet in the key of A
Download Birthday song lead sheet in the key of Bb
Download Birthday song lead sheet in the key of C
Download Birthday song lead sheet in the key of D
Download Birthday song lead sheet in the key of Eb
Download Birthday song lead sheet in the key of F
Download Birthday song lead sheet in the key of G
Below is a version for brave beginners who want to be able to play all of Happy Birthday themselves, even to the octave stretch and the chords. It is pretty easy, but kids need a bit of background in chord-playing first, such as Mary Had a Little Lamb.
Download simple version of the Birthday song in the key of F
Download simple version of Happy Birthday in the key of G
With these small chords, I like to tell my students "This is a D "pinch" chord. This is a "little" C chord."
The version in G may be easier for your students to play, because with the F version, each hand has to deal with a Bb note. In the G version, only the right hand has a black note. However, the G arrangement uses several bass clef ledger line notes! You will have to decide. I think the G version is easier.
Here is the Middle-C version for beginner piano students, the easiest version of all. Use this or the version after it to make a duet with your beginner piano student, or even have two students play together:
Download Middle C version of the Birthday song
Here is the same music, but with chord symbols for a duet partner:
Download Birthday song with chord symbols
If you want to turn it into a 2-student duet (the melody or Primo part will have to be played UP an octave), here are the chords spelled out in this Secondo part (some of them are ROOT chords, and some are CHORD INVERSIONS:)
This song has BECOME traditional -- according to Wikipedia, Happy Birthday is the most-recognized song in the English language. However, the writers are known to history -- two sisters named Mildred and Patty Hill, who wrote the song in 1893. Originally the words weren't Happy Birthday at all, but "Good morning to you, good morning to you. Good morning, dear children, good morning to you!"
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Carrie,Voice and Piano Teacher:
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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you....I have a lot of books on graded pieces but not a lot of beginner pieces. I use material I have written myself together with books I encourage my parents to buy... but sometimes parents just can't afford a book- and as a teacher you sometimes do find your self searching for material....Thank you thank you thank you once again!
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My son is hooked...I've been introducing piano to my son on and off for a year or so, but he's not had much interest. Then I gave him "Monsters Everywhere". He loved playing it with the organ sound on our piano. He memorized it that week and I'm printing off the other Halloween songs to keep him going. I love the detailed instructions on teaching since he is my first student! Thanks so much.
That is so neat that your son has experienced the magic and mystery of music through this little song. That is so exciting to me. Thanks for writing, Kim!
Thank you for sharing the free downloads of piano music for piano students. I use your site frequently. My son has decided that the Keegan's Waltz arrangement you have is the best song ever written for piano.
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