Tarantelle and Tarantella are names for fast-moving, exciting pieces based on folk music. The compositions I have heard always sound like dances to me.
There are at least 195 Tarantelles and Tarantellas listed at IMSLP, but the version I remember from my childhood came from a John Schaum book with pictures of a boy madly dancing after being bitten by a spider - a tarantula. Here is an easy shared-hands version, with lyrics!
The main difficulty with this piece for a beginner is the 3-4 time signature. Somehow, three beats are always harder for young kids to feel (at first). Also, on page 2, the unexpected black notes may throw your little guys off. But this is good practice for their reading.
Here is a Secondo part, if you wish to turn this little piece into a duet:
And here is a solo, very like the one I loved as a child:
Your young students are going to love this song!
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