Piano sheet music for kids "Kookaburra" is one of those famous songs a lot of us remember from childhood! From Australia, this song is also a very fun round to sing (see the bottom of the page). Part of the fun of this kids' song is just saying the word "Kookaburra!" several times and wondering what a "king of the bush" might be.
Now, there are slight variations on the tune, as seems to be the case with all folk melodies. This is my favorite version of it; I hope you like it too!
Here are some very cute children successfully singing (after a few false starts) Kookaburra as a round:
Download Kookaburra in the key of C
Download piano sheet music for kids Kookaburra in D
There will be some tricky fingering needed to make the left hand of this arrangement skip along. The harmony is so pretty, though, that it is worth a bit of extra work.
I prefer the song in the key of D. It sounds fresher, somehow. I remember years ago in college, a group of music students (myself among them) glowering at a science professor in one of those required classes for music majors called "Physics of Sound" when he informed us that there was no difference in the way songs sounded if you transposed from one key to another. No difference! Hah! Talk about the difference between science and art -- he spoke with the air of one who was dispelling superstitions. We musicians were the superstitious holders of myth.
Now here is a second, more vigorous arrangement of Kookaburra. It is only in the key of D. There is more movement in the left hand, however, it is all chords, so it may prove to be easier than the other for your students.
Here's what a kookaburra looks like -- a lovely little bird:
Now here is the vocal round, which I adored when I was a kid. I hope your vocal students like it too!
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Kookabura Has Two Verses Not rated yet
The second verse goes: 2. Kookabura sits in the old gum tree Eating all the gum drops he can see Please - Kookabura, Please Kookabura …
Kay Not rated yet
Thanks for this wonderful site. My sister's sister-in-law, a former music teaching nun, has dementia. Jan asked me to find simple, familiar songs that …
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!!
I recently purchased your arrangement of The Moldau (a longtime favorite of mine). I wasn't sure if any of my students would be interested in it, but to my amazement 3 of my students LOVE it. Thank you so much for making your great arrangement.
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!
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Kim in Washington:
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!
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