5th Symphony Beethoven Music for Easy Piano
Even your littlest students can play the first notes of the 5th Symphony by Beethoven!
And your older students can explore a bit more of this greatest of Beethoven classics, with 3 different arrangements.
All three arrangements come with a "helper" version which makes use of lettered notes.
Scroll down the page for the links to these free downloadable PDFs.
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Like my arrangement of Bach's Toccata in Dm, this easiest version of the Beethoven classic is just the main theme, repeated in a couple octaves.
Above, that is the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Christian Thielemann, conductor, and closeups of the musicians.
Like all arrangements of great classics, my arrangement involves a bit of personal interpretation.
This is MY OWN impression of the highlights of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony theme. You will certainly find other very different arrangements out there in Music Land!
Now this next version is quite a step up, because the right hand has to stretch, lift, or do finger replacement in a few measures.
Is this a first year, or even second year arrangement? Probably not. But if a student wants to play this Beethoven classic, they will work on the tricky parts.
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I placed some suggested fingering where the first hurdle occurs.
You can show this to your students over and over again, and they may still find their own (different) solution.
Therefore, I didn't bother placing fingering at the second hurdle! If they use it the first time, they will likely try it the second time.
Finger replacement can be fun! Approach it as if it is a feat of gymnastics - you may convince your students to master it.
Here is the longest arrangement, below, with two pages.
Several of my students have performed this setting at recitals - it is very exciting!
Here are the links for the very easiest arrangement, with all lettered notes, and with just a few lettered notes:
Download Beethoven's 5th with helper notes, as shown above
Download 5th symphony of Beethoven for young beginners, all alphanotes
The links for the more difficult one-page arrangement:
Download Beethoven's 5th theme, longer
Download 5th Symphony theme, with helper notes as shown
The links for the long two-page version, below:
Download Symphony No. 5 Beethoven, longest version
Download Beethoven music, longest arrangement, with a few helper notes
After hearing the actual symphony, you know that any arrangements fall short.
Still, it is a bit of magic for young pianists to be able to hold some of that massive sound in their own grasp!
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Queen Esther in the Bible
This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This", available as a digital download, tells the riveting story of the time when Jews in ancient Persia faced a foe named Haman, and how a brave young queen risked her life to save her people.
A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theater production, or a class of children!
This book is also available from Amazon as a paperback.
Just the Black Keys
This book is available as a digital download from this site. Visit this page to see some free examples from the book.
It is also available from Amazon as a paperback!
This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.
And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!" They will be spending more time at the piano.
The Adventures of Tonsta
A perfect read aloud storybook
for little boys or girls.
The Adventures of Tonsta highlight the travels of a very young boy with a good heart, who goes about helping folk in trouble.
With a red cap on his head and a sack of tools slung over his shoulder, Tonsta seems to meet people in distress wherever he goes.
Lots of trolls in this book - including one who gives him a Christmas gift!
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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!
Thank you Dana. We are using these songs for our piano recital!!!! They are darling!
I bought your Halloween songs, wrote teacher accompaniment for some, and performed with 17 of my students in costume at an assisted living facility. It was a "win-win" situation.
The kids and residents loved it and the parents were very pleased with the service aspect of their children's performance as well. Thank you for sharing these lovely pieces that introduce the minor key in a very simple and interesting way to early elementary students.
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Hi, I'm Dana! (Say that like "Anna".) I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com, and a newer site, SingTheBibleStory.com.
Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.
You can find out more about me and the reason for this website at my About Me page.