Printable Music Notes for Beginning Piano
"Wormies"

Printable music notes are really all these "Wormies" consist of: simple exercises that creep slowly along.  This free sheet music for beginner pianists is a gentle, fun way to break into reading notes. 


The only question is "Which way does the note go?"

These Wormies are an easy way for very young musicians to try their hand at notereading. Treating the musical staff like a ladder, students ask themselves, "Up? Down? Or the same?" 

Start anywhere

Pick any key to start on -- you don't need to be able to find the correct place to start on the staff! The whole point of this exercise is just to determine the direction of the notes, not the actual note names. 

Printable music notes for beginning music reading


Download Printable Music Notes Wormies 

Forget about fingering

I ask students not to worry about good fingering. Using only their pointer finger (finger 2) and choosing any white note on which to begin, they go up or down the "ladder" as they read across each Wormie.

Don't play them too many times

Usually, I ask kids to play one Wormie a day just two times (to help prevent memorization!), and to try a different Wormie every day. At the next lesson, instead of hearing them play ALL the Wormies, I'll ask them to choose their favorite to play for me. It's usually number 4, because they know it's hardest!


No extra symbols to worry about

Notice that there are no clef symbols -- just a plain, uncluttered staff with lines and spaces. (Thank you, Martha Beth for this insight!) With notes made extra large on purpose, following the very short lines of "music" is pretty easy.

There's another version, longer & trickier

Snakes, which are just longer Wormies, is the next notereading step. Very likely, your beginning notereaders can by-pass Wormies altogether...but even older beginners of ten and eleven love the simplicity of Wormies, and quickly grasp the principle of moving notes.

It's a beginning! 



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