Free Printable Piano Music for Beginners
In the Hall of the Mountain King

This free printable piano music for beginners might be your students' first exposure -- but not their last! -- to the wonderfully spooky piece "In the Hall of the Mountain King." Now with an AlphaNotes helper arrangement.

Classical and familiar

Download it free, and take advantage of this classical sheet music to introduce your beginner piano student to the music of Edvard Grieg. 

In the Hall of the Mountain King, performed by the Emory Youth Symphony:

Beginner version of the music

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This newest arrangement is just like my original version, below,  but with several notes with letters inside the noteheads.  These are called "AlphaNotes."

In the Hall of the Mountain King easy piano songs

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This short piano arrangement of a very big piece of music encompasses some big ideas for students who are ready - sharps and flats in the same line, lots of skipping, reading the octava symbol, and interpreting 1st endings. 

Not enough fingers for this melody

Since there are more notes than fingers in this free printable piano music, your students will quickly realize that some of their fingers will need to do double-duty!

This can be a big step for some kids if they have never done it before, so I suggest splitting the hands at first (you play the other part) during the lesson so they only need to think about ONE hand at a time.

When that part makes sense to them, switch parts.

The troll lyrics are going to help

Try singing the (admittedly silly) words in this little arrangement to encourage them to persevere with the difficult melody. Being able to tell in song a complete story or poem is a good motivator.

A fill-in-the-blanks worksheet

In the Hall of the Mountain King makes a good worksheet, since it gives students the opportunity to draw sharps and flats.

We always do this TOGETHER at the lesson, turning it into more of a game, a break from routine, instead of sending it home to do.

Make it very easy!

In their notebook or 3-ring binder, I punch holes in the pages of the music and the worksheet so that they face each other.  Then we talk about what's missing, and fill in just a line or two, to try to make the short worksheet last another week.

Music worksheet for In the Hall of the Mountain King

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When your students are past Faber Level I and can play a B major pentascale and chord, they might really enjoy the Schaum Publications solo arrangement of In the Hall of the Mountain King, Level I. It has been a great favorite at my studio for years.

 

Put some expression into the music

If you do find yourself with a copy of the Schaum arrangement, try this with your students:

Start the music with a very slow, soft, and creepy touch. Let the music keep building just the slightest bit, but keep pulling back to piano -- no forte.

Make the piece LONGER!

At the bottom of page 2, write in some repeat dots and go back to the beginning of the piece.

Drop the left hand down an octave, and beginning at once to gradually pick up the pace, get louder and faster with each line.

By the page turn to page 3, you should be roaring along. That will make the crescendos and sudden acents on page 3 happen almost intuitively.

This J. Schaum arrangement is very, VERY FUN.



The links for the piano music and the worksheet:



Download the AlphaNotes helper version of Grieg's composition



Download free printable classical sheet music In the Hall of the Mountain King for beginners - no lettered notes 



Download free printable piano music worksheet








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