The First Year:
Free Piano Sheetmusic

Free piano sheetmusic for your beginners!

Primarily, this page is made up of Middle C music with "shared-between-the-hands" melodies.

All the Pretty Little Horses for beginning piano

All the Pretty Little Horses

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. 

Amazing Grace piano music for beginners

Amazing Grace

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.  

Arabian Dance (from The Nutcracker)

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.)

Ash Grove, a Welsh folk song

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!

Away in a Manger

Such a sweet Christmas carol!

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!

Back and Forth

No helper notes on this song!  

But because it moves entirely by steps - when it moves - this song is easy to read.

Be Thou My Vision

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!

The B-I-B-L-E

A very well-known Sunday school song. very fun at a certain age!

Bingo

The WHOLE SONG. Yes.

Blow Ye Winds in the Morning

This song isn't so 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.

Burleske, by Mozart

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!

Canon in D (in the key of C)

There are several versions of the Pachelbel Canon in D (transposed to C) on this site.

Cat Came Back lyrics & chords

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.

Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy

This old-fashioned melody is two pages long.  

The lyrics are powerful, and the melody is catchy.

Cowboy's Lament (I'm Going to Leave Old Texas)

The song of an old cowboy, leaving the range.

Dipping Donuts

This song is about using a "dipping" motion with the wrist when playing piano.

Eensy Weensy Spider, or Itsy Bitsy Spider

You'll find more than one arrangement of this song on this page!

Fairies in the Garden free piano sheets for beginners

Every note is just one step away, so helpful for new readers, except one little skip, which is assisted by a couple of AlphaNotes.

Farther On

What is waiting beyond death for those who have placed their faith in Jesus?  

This song hints at it.

Found a Peanut beginner piano songs

This silly song will be just right for some of your students.

For the Beauty of the Earth

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.

Funeral March (Chopin), sometimes used as scary Halloween music

This doleful and gloomy piece is recognized by all.

Fur Elise

Every young pianist has heard this theme by Beethoven!

Go Tell It On the Mountain

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!

Goober Peas

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!

Greensleeves Duet melody

This lovely melody needs a motivated child.  

Or an excellent notereader!

Two pages.

Happy Birthday

Eventually, every piano player must learn this song for birthday celebrations!  

The melody is a start...

How Doth the Little Crocodile, easy piano songs for beginners

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.

Hungarian Dance

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.

If I Give to You My Heart

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!

I'm a Pirate

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!

In the Hall of the Mountain King

This is such a great song!  

Even at the beginning level, this melody can hold tension and mystery.

Irish Wedding, on the Note-naming worksheets page

Visit this page to find three easy versions of this super-fun song.

A great favorite at my studio!

Jingle Bells

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.

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

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.   

Kum Ba Yah

A few lettered notes to help beginning readers navigate through the skips.

This simple tune is known all over the world.


Lake Pirates

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.

Lavender's Blue, with the Cinderella song lyrics 

A big favorite at my studio.  

Because Cinderella is singing this song up in her attic, the prince is finally able to find her!

Little Man Who Wasn't There,  jazzy piano music!

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.

Loch Lomond lyrics & chords

Probably Scotland's most famous song...

One of its prettiest too!

Minka

With a duet partner, this song can be fast and furious and full of energy.

The Moldau

One of the musical repertoire's most famous melodies, condensed down to a simple line.

With lyrics to stir young imaginations.

Several arrangements.

Morning Has Broken

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.

Mozart alla turca pdf - the first movement

This is the soft and pretty movement of the famous sonata.

O Holy Night

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.

Old Joe Clark

You'll find several arrangements of this song here, in differing levels of difficulty.

Don't discount the appeal of nonsense lyrics!

On Top of Old Smoky

An American tune with somewhat tragic lyrics...

"On Top of Spaghetti" words can substitute for the "Old Smoky" words if you prefer.

Pat-a-Pan, a French Christmas song

A lovely minor melody and LOTS of energy set this carol apart!

Rain, Rain, Go Away beginner keyboard music sheets, free

Several versions of this little song, including a "drip! drip! drip! drip!" -sounding duet.

Red River Valley

A beloved old song with cowboy words.

Scarborough Fair

An old song from England, very beautiful.

Shalom Chaverim

A Hebrew singing round, very pretty.

Sonatina in C by Clementi, easy

This is a very cute melody, and fun to play!

Snake Charmer

With new lyrics about the snake and his charmer, a magician who has a show.

Spanish Ladies beginner piano music, free!

I have here several arrangements, including the one shown, but in D minor.

This is a sailor song that young boys like to sing!

Star of the County Down beginner piano version

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.

Streets of Laredo

A sad cowboy song, with an unforgettable cowboy story.

Swan Lake

Beautiful ballet music, made easy for beginners.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

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.

Tarantelle, the Spider song

This fun piece is two pages long.

With "scary" spider lyrics.

Wabash Cannonball

An energetic song with interesting lyrics about a train.

Waltzing Matilda, free popular sheet music

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.

The Water is Wide beginner keyboard music sheets

A very pretty song about love betrayed.

Your students probably won't even notice that line.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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!

What Child is This (Greensleeves piano music)

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.

What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor

Not polite words, but a great tune.

Wolken

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.


Yankee Doodle

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!

Yellow Rose of Texas

A pretty and old-fashioned sounding cowboy song.

Yo Ho Ho with made-easy notes

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!








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Just the Black Keys, a piano song book for young beginners.

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.

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Dana Thynes

Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com.

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and 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.