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WHAT TO DO FOR THE LAST WEEK OF MUSIC LESSONS...

It's that time of year in my music studio when I say goodbye to most of my students until next school year. A few will take summer lessons, but we're all feeling "antsy" - like it's hard to be inside and glued to a piano bench.

All of them have been choosing new music to work on over the summer (if they get around to it). But it's hard, this week, to do a regular lesson, because it seems most of them - myself included - have one foot out the door already!

A BRAINSTORM HAPPENED TODAY

Just by chance, my second student walked in and said, "I need you to tell me what to do for the summer." Apparently her mother had coached her with this phrase.

For a moment, my mind went blank. Then, I decided that we would hit as many songs as we could, by playing JUST THE FIRST 4 MEASURES.

BRILLIANT - BECAUSE THIS WAS FUN!!!

We whipped through almost half the alphabet (her music in her binder being alphabetized), with both of us being surprised at how much she remembered, and just how capable she actually is! On some of the pieces, we lingered and turned it into a duet.

And what was interesting was to see her re-engage with pieces she'd mastered long ago - or had never come close to mastering, but now had more ability to give to the beginning.

WITH EACH STUDENT, IT WAS THE SAME

I gave each subsequent student a choice of whether they'd like to focus on one or two pieces, or whip through the pieces in their music binders, 4 measures at a time. They all chose to review! And what a great review! Each bite-size snippet of music seemed to invite one to step into a room, a room where the full promise of a song was waiting.

I WAS TRULY GRATIFIED BY WHAT I HEARD

My students showed how capable they are, and how far they've come. This exercise proved to be heartwarming for me, the Teacher!

If you're at a loss what to do for your final lessons of the year besides dumping a truck load of new music on your students, you might find this approach to be a lot of fun!

Aug 05, 2022

Best Piano Books: According to This Piano Teacher!

Best piano books - or at least, the ones I find myself using over and over again in my music studio! Here are my favorites.

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Jul 22, 2022

Beautiful Free Hymn Sheet Music, Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling

Free hymn sheet music to touch hearts, "Softly and Tenderly" is about going home -- the final home. Easy & advanced piano versions, lead sheet & guitar tabs.

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Jul 18, 2022

Sleepsong Sheet Music for Piano, Voice, & Lead Instrument

Sleepsong for voice,piano, & lead sheet. A Celtic-style piano arrangement imitates Secret Garden's soloist. This beautiful song will motivate your vocalists!

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Jul 07, 2022

Piano Sheet Music for Kids "Kookaburra": 6 Easy Versions

Piano sheet music for kids "Kookaburra" is also a singing round! Now with 2 beginner Middle C arrangements, 2 solo piano versions, & vocal rounds in 2 keys.

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Jun 23, 2022

Baby Shark Sheet Music: Easy, Familiar, & Fun! For Early Piano

Baby Shark sheet music is surprisingly easy, with a repeating melody in the right hand, and simple chord tones in the left hand. A WINNER with young students.

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Jun 22, 2022

Greensleeves Free Sheet Music for Piano: Easy, Beautiful, Motivating

Greensleeves chords & melody: This beginner arrangement of flowing broken chords will be a favorite of students - & parents - for a long time.

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Jun 16, 2022

Ants Go Marching Lyrics & Sheet Music: Two Easy Arrangements for Piano

The Ants Go Marching lyrics & sheet music for beginning piano. A Middle C beginner version, plus a lead sheet, EASY to read, and very fun!

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Jun 14, 2022

Interested in these songs

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Jun 10, 2022

Beginner Keyboard Music Sheets: Download The Water is Wide for Piano!

Beginner keyboard music sheets as beautiful as The Water is Wide will win the hearts of your students. Download this free sheet music to print, 4 versions!

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May 24, 2022

Beginner Guitar: Songs, Guitar Tabs, Guitar Chord Sheets & More!

For a child who is a beginner guitar player, making music can be BAFFLING. Teach them how to play guitar in small baby steps.

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Apr 29, 2022

Frere Jacques With Lyrics: French & English! Vocal rounds & Piano

Frere Jacques, with lyrics in both French & English. Versions for voice (the vocal round), and for piano.

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Apr 13, 2022

I Gave My Love a Cherry: The Riddle Song - 3 Easy Arrangements

I Gave My Love a Cherry (The Riddle Song) is a very pretty folk tune with clever lyrics. Download sheet music in 3 arrangements, 4 keys.

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Apr 01, 2022

Seek Ye First Lyrics & Chords: a Simple Arrangement for Voice & Piano

Seek Ye First lyrics, chords, & sheet music is written for early piano. This pretty melody happens all inside 5 fingers! An optional descant is also provided.

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Mar 30, 2022

Simple Piano Sheet Music "Canoe Song", an EASY round from Canada

This simple piano sheet music, Canoe Song, is high energy and singable. Just right for students who are beginning to tuck fingers under in scales, or can JUMP.

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Mar 29, 2022

Ode to Joy Sheet Music for Piano: EASY & EARLY Beginner to Advanced

Ode to Joy, with not only advanced "BIG"-sounding arrangements, piano duets, "Joyful, joyful" lyrics, but also multiple EARLY and LATE beginner arrangements!

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Mar 22, 2022

How to Use This Website - Finding the Sheet Music PDF Download!

How to use this website? Where is the sheet music that I want to download? Don't take screenshots - find the PDF!

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Mar 22, 2022

Eensy Weensy Spider: 3 EASY Piano Arrangements!

Eensy Weensy Spider, a cute nursery rhyme lots of kids know! Download these free sheets in middle C position. Three arrangements, including one with lettered notes.

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Mar 07, 2022

Mark

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Mar 02, 2022

Easy Piano Sheet Music Swan Lake -Beginners & Intermediate Pianists!

Easy piano sheet music Swan Lake, lovely solos & duets, with lyrics in the beginner arrangements for dreamy students who love imagining.

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Feb 26, 2022

To: Gabrielle, Address: Heaven. A "Goodbye Until Later" Song

To: Gabrielle, Address: Heaven, & a second song, Angel in the Sky, were written when a loved young girl died very suddenly. Music is necessary in these times.

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Feb 24, 2022

Chord Inversions for Piano: Two Easy Approaches for Your Students

Chord inversions for piano are a KEY to the door into the world of classical music! These sheets will get your students further along in this journey.

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Feb 23, 2022

Shortnin' Bread Sheet Music: an Easy Beginner Duet or Solo!

Shortnin' Bread sheet music for beginning piano students - fun and easy!

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Feb 22, 2022

Oh How Lovely is the Evening: Easy Sheet Music for Voice & Piano

Oh, How Lovely is the Evening is an old singing round with sweet lyrics and pretty harmonies. It is very short, and EASY to learn! Find it here in many keys.

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Feb 10, 2022

Easy Piano Songs for Kids "Goober Peas": 4 Beginner Arrangements

Easy piano songs for kids Goober Peas in 3 versions - Easy, Easier, and Easiest! With a funny story and singable tune, this Civil War song is a solo or duet!

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Feb 01, 2022

America the Beautiful, a Song of Thanksgiving

America the Beautiful expresses wonder & thanksgiving. Now with new EASY PIANO arrangements for young beginners!

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Jan 19, 2022

The Wellerman Sheet Music: Easy Piano Arrangements & Lead Sheets

The Wellerman: sheet music & lyrics for piano & other instruments. Such a fun, high-energy song to sing & play!

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Dec 29, 2021

Auld Lang Syne Sheet Music PDFs: for All Instruments & Singers!

Auld Lang Syne sheet music for New Year's Eve & other gatherings! Lead sheets with chords in many keys, to accommodate all singers.

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Dec 16, 2021

Nutcracker Music: Russian Dance for Intermediate Piano

Nutcracker music "Russian Dance" will perk up the ears of any young dancer who has participated in the Nutcracker ballet. A short & satisfying arrangement!

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Dec 07, 2021

Silent Night Sheet Music: EASY Piano Solos & Duets, Free!

Silent Night sheet music, NEW duets & solos! Help your music students get ready for the Christmas holidays, beginners too.

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Dec 04, 2021

Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer: Piano Sheet Music for Solo & Duet!

Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer piano duet or solo: engaging arrangements that are fun to play and sing along with!

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Nov 10, 2021

In the Mood Piano Big Band Arrangement

In the Mood piano arrangement of the Glenn Miller big band piece, with a full sound and energetic swing!

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Oct 29, 2021

Beginner Sheet Music for Piano - "Deep Inside the Mountains"

Beginner sheet music for piano "Deep Inside the Mountains" describes a journey to a cavern filled with gems and gold... but also a DRAGON. Mysterious.

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Oct 23, 2021

Halloween Songs for Beginner Piano, with & without Lettered Notes!

Kids LOVE scary Halloween music. But the TRICK is finding Halloween theme music they can play quickly. NOW these easy songs are easier than ever, with your choice of plain notes, or lettered notes. What a TREAT!

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Oct 22, 2021

Imperial March Star Wars Theme - an Easy & Dramatic Piano Solo!

Imperial March Star Wars theme, Darth Vader's Theme! Ominous & dark, it seems fraught with power & significance. Your students will love this EASY approach.

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Oct 20, 2021

Baby Bumblebee Song - a Fun Old Tune with Kid-friendly Lyrics!

Baby Bumblebee Song is actually "Arkansas Traveler" - a terrific melody that is fun to sing! Here are a couple EASY arrangements for beginner piano students!

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Sep 30, 2021

Toccata in Dm Theme for Beginners

Toccata in Dm by Bach is exciting and dramatic! Let your beginning students have the fun of playing the opening notes of this famous Bach music.

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Sep 15, 2021

Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair Sheet Music for Piano

Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair sheet music for intermediate piano. A magically beautiful piece.

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Sep 02, 2021

Free Keyboard Music from Ireland Brian Boru: Easy & Fancy Versions

Free keyboard music "Brian Boru's March" in 4 arrangements, from very easy lead sheet to intermediate. Beautiful, hypnotic, & instantly likeable.

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Sep 01, 2021

Irish Washerwoman Sheet Music for Piano, Solo & Duet!

Irish Washerwoman sheet music for piano duet primo & secondo, and late elementary solo. A happy-sounding melody!

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Aug 30, 2021

Black Beauty Movie Sheet Music for Piano

This is the beautiful Black Beauty movie music, in an intermediate arrangement for piano that your students will love, with its energy and soaring melody.

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Aug 04, 2021

Thank you Dana

Wanted to say thank you for all the alpha note music you provide, it's been so helpful to give the early pupils or the older, not-quite-so-achieving pupils.

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Jul 23, 2021

In the Hall of the Mountain King Sheet Music for Intermediate Piano

In the Hall of the Mountain King sheet music for intermediate piano students. A 3-page arrangement with energy and FIRE at the end!

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Jul 09, 2021

Basic Piano Chords, Inversions, & Scales with Lettered Notes

Basic piano chords in the keys of C & G, showing root position chords and all inversions from the root chord - plus a diatonic scale - all with lettered notes!

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Jul 06, 2021

Folk Sheet Music Hava Nagilah, 2 Exciting EASY PIANO Versions

Folk sheet music Hava Nagila is a beautiful minor-sounding Hebrew song. Both piano arrangements, easy & intermediate, are charged with energy!

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Jul 01, 2021

Queen Esther in the Bible: A Musical Re-telling of the Story

Esther-For Such a Time as This, now with a second, EASY PIANO arrangement. Read the ENTIRE POEM telling how a young queen saved her people from certain death..

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May 21, 2021

Titanic Music, Beginning to Intermediate Piano

"Titanic music" from the famous movie, arranged for beginning, elementary, & intermediate piano. All 3 arrangements are very lovely.

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Apr 20, 2021

Free Piano Sheet Music PDF for Beginners: "Boil'em Cabbage Down"

This free piano sheet music PDF for beginners has a popular history as a fiddle & guitar tune. For beginning piano, it makes a rambunctious, easy duet!

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Apr 16, 2021

The Erie Canal Song - Guitar Tabs, Easy Piano Sheets, & Lead Sheets

The Erie Canal Song, with a new, solid lead sheet for beginners! Simple piano solos & guitar tabs too.

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The Adventures of Tonsta, Volume 1, is a book about a young boy travelling over mountains and fjords from village to village, encountering trolls and helping folk in distress.

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!

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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.


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