Beginner Piano Music

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You just can't have too much beginner piano music!

Supplement your piano method with free kids sheet music and easy piano songs, plus a bit of classical piano sheet music too.  Even one publisher-approved arrangement of the theme from The Princess Bride can be found here!

New Beginners (click here to be taken to a page with more detailed information with all the song links below)

Paper keyboards, scales & chords & exercises, and simple songs that focus on Middle C.  These are the first things I use with my students!

Piano Music with Letters (for more detail about each of the following songs, plus links to them, click here)

This page is largely beginner piano music.  Some pieces are much more advanced than beginner level, but are included in this list because they have some "helper" notes added - letters inside the notes. Though these pieces are recognizable songs, real music, yet they are also note reading WORKSHEETS in a fun way! 

This is a non-clickable list of MOST of the music found on the page "Piano Music with Letters" (it's hard to keep up sometimes):

All the Pretty Little Horses
Amazing Grace
Arabian Dance
Ash Grove
Beethoven's 5th Symphony 
Blow, Ye Winds in the Morning

Cat Came Back
Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy 
Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly
Egyptian Dance
Erie Canal Song
First Noel
Found a Peanut
Für Elise
Fuzzy Wuzzy

God is So Good
God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
Happy Birthday
Hark How the Bells 
Have You Seen the Ghost of John
Hungarian Dance
I'm a Pirate 
Indian Dance
Irish Wedding

Jingle Bells
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas 
Kum Ba Yah
Lake Pirates 
Lavender's Blue 
Louie Louie
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Monsters Everywhere
Morning Has Broken

O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)
O Holy Night
Ode to Joy
Old Joe Clark
Pachelbel Canon in D 
Pizza Please 
Silent Night 
Slumber My Darling 
Spanish Ladies
Star of the County Down

Take Me Out to the Ballgame
The B-I-B-L-E
This Old Man
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Up on the Housetop the Reindeer Pause
Wabash Cannonball
Waltzing Matilda
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
What Child is This
What Do You Do with a Drunken Sailor
What Wondrous Love
White, Orange & Green 
Wiegenlied, "Mozart's Cradle Song"
Yo Ho Ho

Remember, the above is a non-clickable list of the music found on the page "Piano Music with Letters"

The First Year (click here)
Primarily, this page is made up of Middle C music with "shared-between-the-hands" melodies.  Many will be familiar to your students.  
Additionally, there are some pieces that make use of left hand chords or very simple accompaniments.  Most of the Middle C melodies have chord suggestions or illustrative graphics for an enterprising accompanist to devise his or her own backup.  A few also have written-out secondo parts, for easy duet playing.

This is a non-clickable list of the music found on the page "The First Year":

All the Pretty Little Horses
Amazing Grace
Arabian Dance (from The Nutcracker)
Ash Grove, a Welsh folk song
Away in a Manger
Back and Forth
Be Thou My Vision
Blow Ye Winds

Canon in D (in the key of C)
Cat Came Back
Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
Cowboy's Lament (I'm Going to Leave Old Texas)
Dipping Donuts
Eensy Weensy Spider

Fairies in the Garden
Farther On
Found a Peanut
For the Beauty of the Earth
Funeral March (Chopin)
Fur Elise
Go Tell It On the Mountain
Goober Peas
Greensleeves Duet melody
Happy Birthday
Hungarian Dance

If I Give to You My Heart
I'm a Pirate
In the Hall of the Mountain King
Jingle Bells
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Kum Ba Yah
Lavender's Blue, with the Cinderella song lyrics
Little Man Who Wasn't There
Loch Lomond, an old song from Scotland

The Moldau
Morning Has Broken
O Holy Night
Old Joe Clark
On Top of Old Smoky

Rain, Rain, Go Away
Red River Valley
Scarborough Fair
Shalom Chaverim
Sonatina in C by Clementi, easy
Snake Charmer
Spanish Ladies
Star of the County Down
Streets of Laredo
Swan Lake

Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Tarantelle, the Spider song
The B-I-B-L-E

Wabash Cannonball
Waltzing Matilda
The Water is Wide
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
What Child is This
What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor

Yankee Doodle
Yellow Rose of Texas
Yo Ho Ho

Remember, this is a non-clickable list of the music found on the page "The First Year"

After Year One (click here)
These are piano pieces which involve both hands, or add chord symbols for a made-up left hand.  Most of the pieces fit inside a 5-finger position.  Left hand parts are fairly slow-moving, or repetitive.  Take a look at these piano music downloads for your young students moving from Primer music to Levels 1 and 2.

Blow, Ye Winds in the Morning

Bohemian Lullaby


Canoe Song

Cat Came Back

Cowboy Song

Desert Sounds

Eensy Weensy Spider

Erie Canal

Funeral March

Fur Elise easy

God is So Good

How Doth the Little Crocodile

Hungarian Dance

Irish Wedding, easy

Kum Ba Yah

Lavender's Blue

Lily Maid

Little Man Who Wasn't There

Louie Louie

Medieval Bells

The Moldau

Ode to Joy

Old Joe Clark

Pachelbel Canon (in C)

Pachelbel Canon in D sheet music, long & fancy for early 

Rain, Rain, Go Away


Snake Charmer

Streets of Laredo

Tarantelle, the Spider song

The B-I-B-L-E

Toccata in Dm by J.S. Bach

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor easy

Winds in the Willow

Yo Ho Ho 

After Year Two (click here)
Free easy piano sheet music for your students who are past level one.  Now students start using moving chords in the left hand, requiring more hand coordination.  Also, the range of notes is greater than in The First Year and After Year One.

Year Three and After (click here)
These pieces stretch pianists' abilities.  More technique is required, with the use of chord inversions, thicker textures in the melodies, and stretched hand positions.  Additionally, note reading strays far outside the two octaves around Middle C.

Christmas Music
There are all skill levels of songs represented on this very long (and growing!) page, and most of the pieces have multiple versions.  Also, check on the Black Keys Songs page and the Note Naming Worksheet page for additional, very easy versions of some of these popular songs.

Halloween Music
From brand-new Middle C note readers to kids who've been playing for years, there is something on this page for every student!

Thanksgiving Music

Doxology (Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow)

For the Beauty of the Earth

For Health & Strength & Daily Bread

Groundhog Day Songs

The Groundhog

Valentine's Day Songs

Chocolate Romance

If I Give to You My Heart

Lavender's Blue, with the Cinderella song lyrics

Wooden Heart

Lead Sheets
Go here to see all the free lead sheets at Music-for-Music-Teachers! 

Left Hand Only or Right Hand Only
Students with one hand.

Duets and Ensembles for Piano and Keyboard
Piano duet sheet music for students of every level; classical, folk tunes, Christmas duets, and original music.  

Hymns, Anthems, and Patriotic Songs
These songs are part of the lifeblood of a nation and a people.  Here are arrangements easy enough for your young students, and some lovely enough for church or other public gatherings.

Broadway Music
A page of some of the most beloved musicals of all time!

Piano Teaching Tools

These pages include paper printouts of piano keyboards, scales and chords (both major & minor), flashcards large and small, exercises such as Hanon & Aloys Schmitt, staff paper of all sizes, theory exercises, ideas for note-reading and also rote learning, my favorite book selections, and more.

Every kid, every situation is unique... some kids will happily play week after week from their piano method books, enjoying each turn of the page with its new challenge, while others find the books boring and dig in their heels as you attempt to drag them through their lesson book. 

Some beginners move along quickly, while others need months and months to digest the small handful of notes around Middle C.

Some kids have heard classical piano music from the time they were born; with others, all they know is video game music.

So how do you choose beginner piano music?  Well, all kids love to play what is familiar to them. You will have to stretch them, expanding their tastes, but you must still satisfy their desire to play what sounds like music to them (the reason they were excited to play piano in the first place!) or risk losing them as students.

Never will I forget an account by the late John Holt (writer and early home-schooling advocate, and lover-if-not-master of the cello) in his book, Never Too Late: My Musical Life Story, about meeting another adult cello student. Like him, she was a beginner, and they were comparing notes (no pun intended). Holt was thoroughly enjoying himself with the growing number of real cello pieces he could play, even though he knew his abilities were modest.

But the poor woman cellist was confined to scales by her teacher, week after week. At the end of each lesson this man would say something like, "I think you're almost ready for a real piece... but no, we'd better continue with the scales."

Yikes! Can you imagine? I don't think too many of us would do that to our students, but the story is a useful reminder that LOVE, a sense of wonder, and excitement are what draw children to music, and we teachers must not forget that.

Boy at piano,

Scales? Yes. Exercises? Yes. Notereading? Of course. But with beginner piano music, always at least one FUN piece, a piece that gives the child something to look forward to at practice time. Keep looking until you find a piece they enjoy, and they will likely work on it happily until it is perfect.

So where do you find that perfect piece? It's so easy to make a wrong choice for a picky student! And there's the nagging little voice in the back of your mind reminding you that copying is definitely not legal...

If only there were sources of free kids' sheet music, beginner piano music! Music, in addition, with suggestions for teachers, and stories and tips. Well, now there is. I have a large and ever-expanding collection of beginner piano music, and what I offer here has been tried and found worthy of keeping! Much of it is just supplemental to the beginner piano music method books I use, but a lot of it is music I consider essential for my students, to lay down a hands-on foundation of understanding music theory.

Add some spice to your students' music diet without breaking the bank -- almost all the beginner piano music you will find here is free and easily printable, with no strings attached!  Furthermore, you can look my free sheet music over before downloading it onto your computer.

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