NOTE NAMING WORKSHEETS ought to be more fun than just worksheets. These ones are, because they are real songs and pieces that kids love. With "made easy" notes - keyboard music notes with names, these are songs the kids actually want to play.
Are lettered notes like a "gateway drug", risking the possibility that your students will never learn to read music properly? On the contrary, in the early stages of note-reading, not only can many tears can be avoided and the reward of playing actual music be reached, but understanding of the up-and-down movement of notes on the staff is reinforced!
I enjoy seeing students dive excitedly into a new piece and follow the lettered notes carefully, especially in the "helper" versions, where only a few tricky notes or measures are lettered. I'm excited for you to see your students accept new music more willingly, too!
Most of the pieces on this page are beginner level, with a melody shared by both hands, but a few are more challenging, such as part 1 of Für Elise, with the original notes, The Lake Pirates, and also a LONG VERSION of the Pachelbel Canon (not the one featured directly below...).
Here are all the AlphaNote songs so far:
Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy (a Sacred Harp melody)
Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly, an alphanote helper
Egyptian Dance helper version
Erie Canal Song
Erie Canal with 2 hands, helper version
First Noel with helper notes (only a few alphanotes)
Found a Peanut
Indian Dance helper
Irish Wedding "Helper" - just a few alphanotes
Irish Wedding longer, helper version
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas helper version
Lake Pirates helper version
Lavender's Blue - with the Cinderella song lyrics!
Lavender's Blue helper version
Tarantelle, the Spider song, alphanotes helper
This Old Man
Toccata by Johann Sebastian Bach, introduction
Toccata, very short and simple
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star helper (just a few notes with letters)
Wabash Cannonball, melody
Wabash Cannonball melody, helper
Wabash Cannonball Secondo
Waltzing Matilda with helper notes
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
We Wish You a Merry Christmas, late elementary arrangement, helper notes
Yes, I've scoffed at this shortcut approach. Not anymore. What I've seen is that kids are much more willing to take on a new piece of music if there is a bit of help - or a lot of help - there. They are playing MORE music!
Plus, their interpretation of the "up" and "down" movement of the notes is reinforced - or corrected. A bit like a video game, this is an instant feedback system that really helps even with familiar melodies. I have seen this with my students!
I've had lots of people request music with the note names on it to help them learn piano notes, so I've decided to make available, over time, an AlphaNote version of the music of every beginner level piece (along with the standard notation music, of course). Today I gave "All the Pretty Little Horses", AlphaNote version, to a young beginner, and smiled to hear her persevere past the skips in the melody. (Those skips always trip them up.)
My young beginning readers and even pre-readers dive into this music:
It will be fun to see how it goes... reading music notes for beginners is a long process, in any case, and I'm hoping this encourages the learning of more songs, more quickly, rather than a reliance on the little letters inside the note-heads. Maybe it will end up being like guitar tablature - the kids fight every step of the way against reading standard notation! But I don't think so.
I do want to caution you about ONLY giving lettered-notes songs to your students. You must continually be moving them along the reading road. The day may come when you realize they aren't looking at the direction of the noteheads, or learning patterns, but struggling only to read the tiny letters inside the notes. That actually slows them down. These AlphaNote songs should be more like candy, eventually - an easy snack.
On the two initial songs, Mary Had a Little Lamb and All the Pretty Little Horses, I just went ahead and put AlphaNotes - piano music with letters - in every measure, but that was because I wasw just getting to know this software. I think what I'm actually headed toward is just supplying the names of the first note of each hand, or perhaps the first measure.
I'll be listing new additions to the "AlphaNote Repertoire" here on this page, which can be found in "Music Education Tools" under "Piano Teaching Tools".
Please note that all comments are moderated, and will not appear until I have approved them. Also, IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR MUSIC THAT IS NOT IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN, YOUR REQUEST WILL BE IGNORED. That's pretty much any music written in the last 75 years...
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My Five-Year-Old is Grinning Ear to Ear Because She Can Do It! Not rated yet
Hi, I just wanted to tell you what a great resource this is for beginners. My 5 year old is using this to tackle songs on both the piano and harp. For …