Free Keyboard Music
Brian Boru's March
Free keyboard music Brian Boru's March, a piece of Irish sheet music, is a very beautiful piece of music, instantly like-able.
I first heard this music played on the flute, used as a procession during the Shakespeare play "Midsummer Night's Dream," and the melody's whimsicality, melancholy, and feeling of forward progression suited well the slow advance of the leotard-wearing, ivy-bedecked players across the stage. A very pretty scene.
And pretty music!
Just when the ear has become satiated with the drumbeat of the left hand dotted quarter notes, the accompaniment breaks away into a thrusting broken chord pattern, and the melody executes an octave leap at the end of its repeating motif, charging the music with excitement.
Left hand block chords in the beginning of the piece, and the same chords, long and broken, in the second half of the piece, make this Irish printable sheet music easy to memorize.
Please scroll down the page for the link to the free printable sheet music PDF.
Starting in measure 11, I suggest a RH fingering which my students usually fight, initially. However, this fingering enables them to learn this part much faster and with less scrambling around, if they will just SUBMIT to it!
It involves simply an ordinary five-finger scale position, but with the thumb stretched left as if for a chord inversion during the broken C chord of the left hand.
I tell them, "Put your fingers on an Am root-position chord. Now, stretch your thumb to the left." It seems to be easier for them to see it this way, as if it is really an Am chord, just stretched for a moment.
Then, the thumb stays stretched as the chord changes to a G, while the "2" and "4" fingers form the body of the G chord in the RH. Finger 5 just "hangs out."
Finally, it all comes together when the chord really does change to Am. The RH thumb retracts to "A," and the RH chord is fingered with 1, 3, and 5 on the chord tones. This may seem obvious to your students, but mine tend to fight using 1, 2, and 4 on the G chord.
Page two of Brian Boru's March cannot be played well until a student's right hand can stretch and reach an octave (preferably with the eyes closed).
They must also be adept at playing left hand broken chords that cross over, and coordinate with the right hand.
Like Harp Ballad, this free keyboard music Brian Boru's March is one of those pieces I sometimes teach in two stages...
Page 1 is quite easy, except for the note-reading and fingering in part B, and parts A and B can make a satisfying piece without the second page, in my opinion, as long as you return to part A to finish it off.
But the excitement of the second half of the piece is usually enough to get students motivated to work at the left hand/right hand coordination, really pushing themselves, and coming out on a new level!
So who was Brian Boru? Brian Boru was the last king of Ireland.
I know your students will enjoy this free keyboard music!
The link for the printable piano sheet music:
Download Free keyboard music Brian Boru's March
Interested in songs from the Bible for your students or church? Check out my other website, SingTheBibleStory.com!
Free Christmas Songs: Deck the Halls, with a new easy-to-read lead sheet! For piano, guitar, & lead instruments. Kids enjoy this energetic Christmas carol!
Thanksgiving song lyrics & sheet music for Over the River & Through the Woods, an old-fashioned song kids will love to play & sing! EASY solos & duets.
Piano Party! I decided it was time for my students to get together for some low-stress performances, some cookies, punch & company! Kids need FUN!
Thanksgiving song for school, church, or your own pleasure! Now with a new EASY version for piano, 2 NEW piano arrangements, plus voice & other instruments.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing - an easy Middle C piano arrangement, pretty elementary & intermediate versions, & a guitar tab arrangement too!
Classical piano sheet music - Fun, one-page intros! Check out the newest addition - Burgmuller's "Arabesque", with its easy scale-wise melody!
Toreador: Piano sheet music of this famous opera music! These energetic arrangements are EASIER than they sound.
Songs Old and Songs New is a simple & easy way to start your beginner piano students - from piano keyboard sheets & scales & chords, to 265+ pages of music!
Kate Emht is a piano teacher in the United States. See what she composes and arranges for her students!
Piano chord patterns for beginners to learn broken chords. Help them gain EASE & familiarity with this musical tool!
Songs Old & Songs New
All the first-year material I give my beginner students.
Piano keyboard sheets, scales, chords, note-reading exercises, and over 256 pages of music!
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!
Available at Amazon
Comments: Do you have a story or a question about music teaching? Share it!
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...
Sign up for "Take Note!" to see what's new every month.
About the Author
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.