Kids Piano Sheet Music
Winds in the Willow

Kids piano sheet music "Winds in the Willow" is a free beginners piece that uses a D minor pentascale pattern to suggest movement. You could call it a thinly-disguised scale practice, but it is too pretty to believe that its only purpose is for an exercise! 



It's just scales?  A cinch!

Yes, but... Control and coordination are necessary for success in this little song.

The LH doesn't stop moving

The left hand moves constantly, requiring evenness and control. Though this is pretty easy piano sheet music, matching right hand to left hand scale in the first two lines is a good early step in hand coordination. 

Free kids piano sheet music for scales practice


Download kids piano sheet music "Winds in the Willow" 

What about the finger numbers?

No fingering in this song! Therefore, your students must be able to read the notes.  Or figure them out.  The "Daddy" note "D", as I like to call the D above Middle C (it is Daddy holding up the "ladder" or staff on top of his head, he is so strong) is the first RH (right hand) note.  Count up by lines and spaces to find the next note, "A".  As for the LH (left hand), figure out the bottom note "D" by its proximity to "F", the "fish" note (second line from the top - draw a tail on it and tell your students it is trying to swim between the bubbles or dots).

Try to make it expressive - let your student help decide

Depending on where on the keyboard your student plays, the mood of this simple piano song can be gentle and melancholy, or loud and stormy. Because I have not put dynamic markings in this piece, it can be very changeable! Up high, the music can sound very delicate; down low, heavy and strong.

Hold an audience in the palm of your hand...

Show your student how to slow way down at the end, even greatly exaggerating the ritard that often signals an ending, so that they hold their listeners spellbound with just a few quiet notes.

What are the winds?

This music has nothing to do with Kenneth Graham's "The Wind in the Willows," but like that wonderful story, has an intriguing name with a hint of a mysterious promise... See if your student is interested in coming up with some words for the tune.  Halloween or misty fall weather might be an inspiration, for some.



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Anna Lee:
What a fabulous website! I've been a keen amateur piano player since I first learnt 56 years ago at the age of 8. I now have a three year old granddaughter and am hoping fervently that she'll want to learn - at which point I'll teach her. This is just the kind of resource I'll need to make it comprehensible. Thank you very much.

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Elania:
...I have been slowly giving my oldest daughter whatever my memory can dredge up, scouring the internet for free music she can do, but your website with its instructions AND tips on how to teach pieces are going to help me SO much in this endeavor. I just wanted to tell you thank you. Really really! THANK YOU!


Anna Lee:
What a fabulous website! I've been a keen amateur piano player since I first learnt 56 years ago at the age of 8. I now have a three year old granddaughter and am hoping fervently that she'll want to learn - at which point I'll teach her. This is just the kind of resource I'll need to make it comprehensible. Thank you very much.



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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!




Marta:
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!!