Free piano sheetmusic for your beginners!
Primarily, this page is made up of Middle C music with "shared-between-the-hands" melodies.
This very pretty tune is also available with alphanotes - lettered notes.
Not a bad idea considering the big skips.
Additionally, there are some pieces that make use of left hand chords or simple accompaniments.
With long notes, easy to count, instead of 8th notes.
Most of the Middle C melodies have chord suggestions or illustrative graphics for an enterprising accompanist to devise his or her own backup.
What a great melody this is!
If you can coax kids through the fingering challenges the first week, this song will be a winner.
Not really all that easy! But lovely just the same, and mesmerizing enough to capture a young piano student's imagination.
A few also have written-out secondo parts, for easy duet playing. (In that case, the melody part usually needs to move up an octave, to accommodate the secondo part.)
This pretty tune also comes with lettered notes.
My favorite way to use these easy pieces is with beginners just starting to read notes. I place a "Note-Reading worksheet" next to the chosen piece, and we get started writing in the note names with a pencil!
Generally, I choose just ONE NOTE to identify, and help the student spot every instance that same note shows up.
The rest of the notes are HOMEWORK for them - the new music is placed in a special spot in their folder just for these kind of songs, and at the next lesson I check to make certain the notes were written in!
Such a sweet Christmas carol!
There are several arrangements of this familiar tune on this page, all the way from this easy "note-reader" arrangement, to the original, with two pages!
The following week, they choose a different song to be their "note-writing song," or else I give them a choice out of three or four songs.
In this way, I find my students pecking away at music that may be too hard for them, and certainly a challenge to sightread.
They may not conquer the piece, because I don't require them to actually PLAY the piece, but they usually do play it!
No helper notes on this song!
But because it moves entirely by steps - when it moves - this song is easy to read.
More complicated than most melodies with shared hands.
The student must read a ledger line note in left hand, and scoot into a new position in right hand!
A very well-known Sunday school song. very fun at a certain age!
The WHOLE SONG. Yes.
The notes are all close around Middle C.
This song isn't that well known, but it has a great melody and lots of energy.
Also on this page is a duet version, and a couple of solos.
This fiddle tune rips along really fast, and is a good beginner's duet! The energy makes it contagious, and FUN.
Lots of repeated notes in the melody - always helpful - but I always start with the chord part, the "secondo". "Just plain chords", back and forth between the two hands, evoked the cry, "This is fun!" from a little boy who was starting it.
This piece is actually by Mozart's FATHER, Leopold!
I tell my students that I heard this piece was like the rock music of that time period, and that Herr Mozart was writing this out for little Wolfgang to please him!
There are several versions of the Pachelbel Canon in D (transposed to C) on this site.
Two pages for this shared-hands melody, because there are such amazing lyrics (found on page 2).
There are several different versions of the melody to be found on this page...
Some are all in one hand, five fingers.
Shown here is the easiest approach to this famous tune.
There are also secondo sheets showing the chords, and 3 solo versions (more to come!)
This old-fashioned melody is two pages long.
The lyrics are powerful, and the melody is catchy.
The song of an old cowboy, leaving the range.
A surprisingly easy-to-play song about the unsuccessful attempts of a T-rex to capture the prey, yet again!
Three verses and two pages of excitement and suspense.
This song is about using a "dipping" motion with the wrist when playing piano.
It is also a good note-reading practice song, easy because it is all step-wise movement with lots of repeats.
You'll find more than one arrangement of this song on this page!
Every note is just one step away, so helpful for new readers, except one little skip, which is assisted by a couple of AlphaNotes.
What is waiting beyond death for those who have placed their faith in Jesus?
This song hints at it.
This is an old Shape-Note hymn, I believe.
This silly song will be just right for some of your students.
This is a pretty hymn of thanksgiving for all, to the "Lord of all."
It is an older song - in one of the "Little Women" movies, this hymn is sung at Meg's wedding.
Three beginner arrangements, plus the vocal round in three different keys.
Kids like playing songs they have heard before!
This doleful and gloomy piece is recognized by all.
Every young pianist has heard this theme by Beethoven!
This pretty old tune with the odd words about a goose that has died is a good teaching song.
Bonus - the melody stays inside five notes!
This is a well-known Christmas song.
Like many traditional songs, my melody may be a bit different than the one you are used to!
This is a lovely minor melody, with mostly step-wise movement, making it a fairly easy challenge for beginners to read.
Paired with the Secondo, it is recital-worthy.
With its unknown lyrics, that really must be explained, kids tend to be hesitant about this piece at first... until they learn to sing it.
Then it becomes a favorite!
This lovely melody needs a motivated child.
Or an excellent notereader!
Eventually, every piano player must learn this song for birthday celebrations!
The melody is a start...
The lyrics come from the magical story Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland".
A bit creepy - and the music intensifies that feeling!
Several versions of the song are on this page.
Chord symbols are given so that strong chords, perhaps with an "Oom-pah" pattern, can fill out this great gypsy-like melody.
This simplified melody is an introduction to one of the great themes of music.
A pretty song with an intriguing story.
A simple little Valentine's Day song.
Because the melody is filled with skips (3rds and 4ths), there is a challenge to mastering this song!
With a strong melody and secondo accompaniment (not shown here) this song has become a go-to favorite for "Review Old Songs" time.
I have discovered that some of my students adapt the lyrics of this song to cover other situations not included in the life of a pirate - not surprising, as the melody is very singable!
This is such a great song!
Even at the beginning level, this melody can hold tension and mystery.
Visit this page to find several easy (and one very hard) versions of this super-fun song.
A great favorite at my studio.
Beware - your students may be fighting about who gets to play this at your next recital!
It really doesn't get any easier than this arrangement with letters in the notes!
However, there are other versions here if you want more challenge for your students.
This Christmas carol sounds cheery and happy if played fast, or sentimental and thoughtful if played slowly.
Change up the approach to the secondo accompaniment to help achieve these effects.
A few lettered notes to help beginning readers navigate through the skips.
This simple tune is known all over the world.
This may look too difficult for beginners - it's NOT!
Furthermore, this song is fast becoming this year's FAVORITE at my studio. I'm having to wheel and deal with a handful of students to prevent them ALL from playing it at the Christmas recital coming up!
The low A's have a handy "AlphaNote" letter inside, and the rest of the melody is all around Middle C, the notes your kids are probably working on! Two pages long.
Hear a recording of this song, and also the hardest version, at The Lake Pirates page.
A big favorite at my studio.
Because Cinderella is singing this song up in her attic, the prince is finally able to find her!
A short and snappy song that is unbelievably cute!
Multiple requests to play this at my last recital; had to space the performances out!
Even cuter if brothers or sisters play this duet together.
There is an easier-looking arrangement just for beginners on this page, which leaves off the secondo accompaniment.
Probably Scotland's most famous song...
One of its prettiest too!
With a duet partner, this song can be fast and furious and full of energy.
One of the musical repertoire's most famous melodies, condensed down to a simple line.
With lyrics to stir young imaginations.
Not very easy, because this song is MADE OF SKIPS. But very lovely.
If your students have ever heard this song sung by Cat Stevens, they may persevere.
This beautiful melody may be familiar to your young students already. Because of the shifting fingering, it isn't as easy to play the melody with one hand as you might think.
This lead sheet with "helper notes" will make things a bit easier. Use open chords in the left hand!
This is the soft and pretty movement of the famous sonata.
One of my favorite Christmas songs when I was a child.
It will help if your student can listen to a recording of this song.
You'll find several arrangements of this song here, in differing levels of difficulty.
Don't discount the appeal of nonsense lyrics!
An American tune with somewhat tragic lyrics...
"On Top of Spaghetti" words can substitute for the "Old Smoky" words if you prefer.
This is an old favorite - a song about going to Grandmother's - or Grandfather's! - house for Thanksgiving.
It works for Christmas, too, with just a couple word changes.
Several energetic and pretty arrangements!
A lovely minor melody and LOTS of energy set this carol apart!
Several versions of this little song, including a "drip! drip! drip! drip!" -sounding duet.
A beloved old song with cowboy words.
An old song from England, very beautiful.
A Hebrew singing round, very pretty.
This easy and repetitious little song manages to be very charming, with the addition of a duet partner!
This is a very cute melody, and fun to play!
With new lyrics about the snake and his charmer, a magician who has a show.
I have here several arrangements, including the one shown, but in D minor.
This is a sailor song that young boys like to sing!
Not to be confused with "Spanish Ladies," above, this is a fun and bouncy tune with lots of energy.
Similar in feeling to Star of the County Down, it makes a good duet as well.
This little-known song is one of the "rites of passage" at my studio.
Guitarists play it, fiddlers play it, and even piano players get into it.
With backup chords from a secondo player, this piece is a BLAST.
A sad cowboy song, with an unforgettable cowboy story.
Beautiful ballet music, made easy for beginners.
With its numerous sharps, this song is a bit more complex than most Middle C music.
But it's worth it! Loads of fun, with a duet partner.
This fun piece is two pages long.
With "scary" spider lyrics.
An energetic song with interesting lyrics about a train.
This song is all about Australia.
Nowhere else could you find a "billabong" or a "jumbuck," I'm pretty sure.
This song is very satisfying music, especially with a duet partner who can play chords beautifully.
A very pretty song about love betrayed.
Your students probably won't even notice that line.
Kids tend to think this Christmas song is very fun.
And there does seem to be something inherently optimistic and joyful in the very melody!
A song known by two names...
"Greensleeves" is the name of the original song, lyrics and melody.
Being so beautiful, the music was "borrowed" for a song about the Christ Child.
Not polite words, but a great tune.
By a composer from the Netherlands, a contemplative-sounding piece, very pretty.
An excellent choice for dreamy students who enjoy making up their own little songs.
A super-simple melody, mostly with step-wise movement.
Do I need to explain this famous song to you?
I'm betting most of the world has heard it!
A pretty and old-fashioned sounding cowboy song.
This fun song has two pages, about scrubbing the deck and washing down the slime.
Yes, I'm a fisherman's daughter and that's how it really is at sea!
Joy: 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.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you....I have a lot of books on graded pieces but not a lot of beginner pieces.
I use material I have written myself together with books I encourage my parents to buy... but sometimes parents just can't afford a book- and as a teacher you sometimes do find your self searching for material....Thank you thank you thank you once again!