Piano Notes for Kids
The Music Alphabet

Piano notes for kids in the song "The Music Alphabet" can help beginners relate note reading to the piano keyboard!  



I wrote this little song for someone who is brand-new to note reading and even the names of the piano keys, but who has an analytical mind, and finds exercises intriguing rather than tedious!  My husband, in other words, whose brain is ahead of his fingers.  

A new musician, he is struggling to combine fingers with piano keyboard with note reading!  So perhaps "Piano Notes for Kids" should be changed to "for kids of all ages... "

printable music notes song


note reading song


Download printable music notes song "The Music Alphabet"

Okay - how should this song be attempted for a beginner piano player?  Simple as this song is, to be able to play The Music Alphabet, students must:

  • Be able to find Middle C on the piano keyboard
  • Be able to identify Middle C on the grand staff
  • Understand the layout of the grand staff, and where left & right hand "territories" lie
  • Be able to follow a line of notes up and down (for help with that, acquaint them with "Wormies")
  • Be able to read at least well enough to say "A, B, C, D, E, F, G!"

And you can probably think of more things...

So how would I start with this piece?  Although the words of the song say "Place your thumbs on Middle D," it doesn't have to happen that way.  A student could just play the whole song with "pointer" finger, with one hand.  That might make sense.  I said "thumbs on middle D" because I know what happens when the thumbs share Middle C; the right hand always plays the C even if it is written for the bass clef to play.

My husband thought this was fun to play; what I think is fun is being able to recite the musical alphabet forwards and backwards 3 times in a row very fast, so that you can carry that skill to the piano keyboard and look at the piano keys and know what the names of the keys are, going left down the keyboard.

Hope some of your students find this piece helpful and even a little bit fun!



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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.



Helpful Piano Sites

Beth'sMusicNotesBlog

Cantorian.org


EyeEarRevolution (a blog)

FreePianoLessons4Kids

FreeSheetMusic.net

Martha Beth's Piano Site

MusicFolkPlayHymns

MusicLessonsPlus

MusicInMotion.com

MusicMattersBlog

Musicnotes.com

Piano Music for Boys (Teach Piano Today)

Piano Adventures Forum

PianoWorldForum

Sheetmusicplus

Susan Paradis Teacher Resources

TCW Resources

TimTopham (a blog)


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!!