This free printable piano sheet music for keyboard or piano class, Golden Wedding, will be a popular addition to your ensemble repertoire. This famous classical music has a strong, easily-remembered minor melody, besides being very beautiful.
This arrangement has 3 parts
Part 1 requires students to use the skills of finger replacement and crossing over.
Part 2 uses chords and chord inversions around Middle C position:
Printable piano music for Golden Wedding Part 2
Part 3 moves slowly. Those students who are shaky reading notes in bass clef will find this part a little challenging, but not intimidating, particularly as it is repetitious.
Try consolidating parts 2 and 3
If some of your keyboard class students find this arrangement of Golden Wedding too easy, have them combine parts!
See all the parts at once
The conductor's score is the one I like to read from, and sometimes I will pass out copies of this page for my students to play from as well. It's good practice for them to have to keep track of their part in the full score, and it helps them anticipate entrances.
Beginner piano ensemble Golden Wedding Conductor part
Because the melody has many repeating notes, and moves stepwise, it is not too hard for students to sing the note names aloud as they play. I like to start the singing, and after a few measures, ask them to join me as we move along reading notes. This also works very well for Part 3, and is good bass clef practice. I don't insist on perfection, just that they try.
In a digital keyboard class, it's fun to set the sounds for each keyboard to a different kind of instrument. Part 3 can round out the sound of the ensemble with a deep, edgy kind of instrument sound such as bassoon. An all-organ selection can be powerful, too. Golden Wedding can sound brisk and energetic, or slow and dirge-like! ("That sounded like Golden Funeral," I sometimes tell my music students.) Experiment!
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