You just can't have too much beginner piano music!
Teachers, supplement your piano method with FREE DOWN-LOADABLE kids' sheet music, easy piano songs both traditional and classical, scales, and other exercises. Much of the music is unique to this site, and almost every download is FREE. Explore what's available by looking down this page...
Paper keyboards, scales & chords & exercises, and simple songs that focus on Middle C. These are the first things I use with my students! Some, like the scales & simple chords pictured to the left, greatly improve students' recall of what we have gone over at lessons. The paper keyboard becomes a permanent reference, adding a new key every week until even the black keys' names are memorized.
First, kids need to practice saying all the notes of the piano keyboard! Choose one of these handy layouts.
5-finger scales for shaping the beginner's hand posture.
Not note-reading, but just looking at the musical staff as a "ladder" - one slow note at a time, up or down, or the same!
Simple 3-note songs set around Middle C; one for left hand, and one for right hand.
Little songs all on the black keys using only fingers 2, 3, & 4. Some old, some new, & all easy for beginners!
This silly song has several versions, with a couple simplified to just 5 fingers. Irresistable lyrics!
One for left hand & one for right hand - super-easy note-reading songs.
Just 5 keys are used in this song about the bear with no hair.
Though this song has skips, it is easy, short, & sweet
Not the melody, but the easy broken chord accompaniment. The first beautiful piano music for my students.
High energy with a non-stop melody, this is a song your beginners will be amazed to hear themselves play!
Beginners do well with familiar songs!
An old melody with simple appeals to God
A pretty nursery song, used in the most recent Cinderella movie
This "song" is really just the 3 main chords in the key of C, set to the rhythm of Louie Louie. A super fun way to understand the I, IV, & V chords
Use this well-known song as a foundation for left hand chord technique
From A below Middle C & up to G, alphabet practice!
The famous song by Beethoven, multiple versions
Centered around Middle C, a song about chickens
"Hot Cross Buns", with new lyrics!
A very ominous-sounding theme, in the bass clef.
The same idea as "Wormies" (below), but much longer
Just like Snakes, but with hidden "skips".
One slow note at a time, up or down, or the same!
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 real songs, real music, they are also note reading WORKSHEETS in a fun way!
A beautiful, gentle lullaby with repeating lines
The famous hymn by a former slave trader
From the Nutcracker - hypnotic!
A very beautiful old Welsh song about love.
Three difficulty different levels of the theme, all exciting.
Several arrangements, for students or teachers of elementary students!
A sailor's song with lyrics about whaling.
A fun song about a cat they can't get rid of - silly lyrics!
This hymn sounds like early American music
The well-loved & energetic Christmas carol, with a few alphanotes to help
A beautiful late elementary song with a Middle Eastern sound
This is a popular American song about working a barge with Sal, a mule
This version is a helper version, with some lettered notes
The lovely Christmas carol about the angel's message
With helper notes (only a few alphanotes)
Found a Peanut
A goofy song about the rotten peanut that sent the singer to the hospital, then heaven, then to wake up!
This is only about the first 30 notes of the main theme, but enough to satisfy beginners!
This arrangement is the real deal, but just part 1, with a few helper notes.
A little song about a bear with no hair, this song comes in several versions. Very easy, this song uses quarter rests to create a feeling of surprise!
This version uses just a few lettered notes.
A very short & sweet song; easy with alphanotes.
With chords played by the left hand
A very English-sounding Christmas song, with alphanotes
This version of the Christmas carol has just a few lettered notes.
A long and complex melody, made much easier with lettered notes.
The same song, but with just a few helper notes
A vigorous vocal round from Israel, this is fun to sing!
Not an easy melody, but so much easier with letters in the noteheads!
This arrangement of Happy Birthday uses only a few alphanotes
Also known as the Ukrainian Bell Carol and Carol of the Bells, this very easy beginner arrangement has a few alphanotes.
This much more elaborate 3-page arrangement is still fairly easy, and very pretty and energetic! Elementary level; a helper version. A studio favorite.
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.
Some of the songs duplicate songs for Beginners & also music with lettered notes, but this is because I tend to make songs with multiple levels of difficulty for my students.
This is a non-clickable list of the music found on the page "The First Year":
All the Pretty Little Horses
Arabian Dance (from The Nutcracker)
Ash Grove, a Welsh folk song
Away in a Manger
Back and Forth
Be Thou My Vision
Blow Ye Wind
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)
Eensy Weensy Spider
Fairies in the Garden
Found a Peanut
For the Beauty of the Earth
Funeral March (Chopin)
Go Tell It On the Mountain
Greensleeves Duet melody
If I Give to You My Heart
I'm a Pirate
In the Hall of the Mountain King
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
Morning Has Broken
O Holy Night
Old Joe Clark
On Top of Old Smoky
Rain, Rain, Go Away
Red River Valley
Sonatina in C by Clementi, easy
Star of the County Down
Streets of Laredo
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Tarantelle, the Spider song
The Water is Wide
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
What Child is This
What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor
Yellow Rose of Texas
Yo Ho Ho
Remember, this is a non-clickable list of the music found on the page "The First Year"
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.
Hilarious lyrics, & a repeating walking bass make this a fun song!
With a repeating swinging bass pattern that never changes, and plain right hand chords that move around to make a simple melody, this really does sound like a cowboy & his horse out on the prairie
Desert Sounds -not strictly a SONG, but 2 pages of little patterns made of a 5-note scale with left hand harmony. A lowered second step in the scale gives these improvisatory patterns the sound of a movie soundtrack like "The Mummy" or "Prince of Egypt"...
Hungarian Dance - okay, this is not a solo... instead, the melody is a shared-hands Middle C-type arrangement, and the backup chords can be handled by your after-Year-One student. This rambunctious piece by Brahms can be very exciting!
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. Some, like Harp Ballad shown to the left, are more appropriate in Year 3 or 4, but for older students, such as students who start as beginners in their teen years, they may reach this level very quickly, with a strong understanding of chords. Not listed here; please click the link above!
The songs after the second year are not listed on this page; please click the link above to see them.
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. Not listed here; please click the link above.
The songs after the third year are not listed on this page; please click the link above to see them.
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. Not listed here - please click on the Christmas Music link.
The Christmas songs are not listed on this page; please click on the Christmas Music link.
From brand-new Middle C note readers to kids who've been playing for years, there is something on this page for every student! Some classical music, lots of new music. Please click on the Halloween music link to be taken there!
Please click on the Halloween music link to be taken there!
I don't have very many of these pieces thanking God for the blessings we have received - I hope to add many more, though!
Just one song - but two versions: one in which the groundhog is male, and one in which the perky little groundhog is female!
Some of these songs have sweet lyrics, and at least one is just silly (Chocolate Romance).
See all the free lead sheets at Music-for-Music-Teachers! Most of these sheets are in treble clef, in multiple keys, and many of them also have guitar tabs. A few songs are featured with bass clef.
All of these songs have lyrics & the chord symbols over the staffs - very handy for groups! Not listed here; please click on the link above to go there.
Not listed here; please click on the link above to see the lead sheet page.
Students with one hand do better with music written with them in mind. Get started on your search for more music for your one-handed student here... Please click on the link above.
Piano duet & ensemble sheet music for students of every level; classical, folk tunes, Christmas duets, and some original music! Please click on the link above.
Piano duet sheet music for students of every level; classical, folk tunes, Christmas duets, and original music. Please click on the link above.
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 and "large" enough for church or other public gatherings. Click the link above to be taken to the page.
A page listing some of the most beloved musicals of all time!
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. You will also find vocal & guitar helps on that page. Please click on the link above.
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.
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.
Please note that all comments are moderated, and will not appear until I have approved them. Also, IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR MUSIC THAT IS NOT IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN, YOUR REQUEST WILL BE IGNORED. That's pretty much any music written in the last 75 years...
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