Easy Piano Songs for Beginners
How Doth the Little Crocodile
Easy piano songs for beginners with creepy lyrics...
How Doth the Little Crocodile, by Lewis Carroll! The melody is creepy too! You can almost hear the crocodile slowly sneaking up.
I have always relished this short poem from "Alice in Wonderland," and enjoyed Alice's bemusement at not being able to remember the CORRECT poem about a busy little bee.
One of my young students feels just the same way as I, and decided to recite it for me.
As he spoke the words, the tune built itself in my head! I had to write it down, and the following 3 arrangements are the result.
First, the full arrangement:
Please scroll down the page for the links to the free printable music.
Can you hear the crocodile creeping closer?
On page 2, both hands drop down an octave, and I thinned out the left hand accompaniment a bit so as not to be too heavy. By the way, there is nothing particularly EASY about this little arrangement.
Here is the same basic arrangement, with a much easier left hand, just a single page:
Here is a transposed shared-hands version of the song:
I like to use these simplified Middle C arrangements of songs as a kind of note-naming, note-WRITING homework for my students.
They take a sheet home, together with a helper page to identify the notes from Low C to High C, and write the names on the page with pencil.
More often than not, they will also spend a little time trying this new song out!
I plan to write a duet accompaniment for this arrangement... check back.
The links for the easy piano songs:
Download How Doth the Little Crocodile easy piano songs for beginners, hardest solo version
Download simpler arrangement of the Crocodile song
Download easy Middle C arrangement for young beginners of How Doth the Little Crocodile
Download helper version of easy beginner Middle C arrangement of the Crocodile song (not shown)
Free printable sheet music "Irish Wedding". A SIMPLE, intuitive version for your 1st-year kids is the newest of the arrangements of this fun, pretty piece!
Come By the Hills is a pretty Gaelic song your singers will learn to sing EASILY and will love. NOW with piano, guitar tab, and lead sheet arrangements.
Jane Austen "Emma" music - a beautiful piano arrangement based on some of the themes from one of the Jane Austen movies. Hear a video of the piano music.
Thank you so much for this list! You saved me a great deal of time for me, not to have to reinvent the wheel! I’m going to teach a beginning singing
Aragorn and Arwen, in The Fellowship of the Ring, commit themselves to each other while the beautiful music "Aniron" - "I Desire" - is sung.
This is the most famous "Titanic music" from Titanic the movie, arranged for intermediate piano. Not too easy, but very lovely.
Just the Black Keys
This book is available as a digital download from this site, and also 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!
Available at Amazon
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