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Apr 09, 2020

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

"Esther-For Such a Time as This", now with an EASY PIANO arrangement. Sing the riveting true story from long ago of how a young queen saved her people.

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Apr 04, 2020

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

The Erie Canal Song, still popular after all these years! NOW with 2 easy Middle C arrangements for beginners! Simple piano, lead, & guitar tabs too.

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Apr 02, 2020

Social Distance in the Life of a Music Teacher

A journal of adapting day by day to social distance as a music teacher - how to easily teach piano, voice, guitar by phone or laptop?

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Apr 01, 2020

Classical Piano Sheet Music - a Collection of Short Introductions

Classical piano sheet music collection - easy 1-page introductions for note-writing practice & gaining familiarity with the literature.See the newest sonatina!

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Mar 31, 2020

THANK YOU SO MUCH

I want to express my appreciation for all of the free resources you have posted, with an unimaginable amount of time spent on your part. This is a treasure!

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Mar 25, 2020

Book written about teaching autistics piano students

Hi. My name is Susan Rancer. I am a Music Therapist and have been working with autistics and other disabilities all of my 44 years of my career. A

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Mar 22, 2020

Just the Black Keys, for the Younger Pianist

"Just the Black Keys" is a new piano book for young beginners who need more time with simple music. Make that simple music FUN!

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Mar 04, 2020

Bach Minuet in G Classical Piano Music - Original & Easy Arrangements

The Bach Minuet in G is a famous piece that kids enjoy playing - & now there is an EASY shared-hands arrangement to give your students as well as the original!

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Feb 27, 2020

Loch Lomond Lyrics, Sheet Music & Guitar Tabs, Easy!

Loch Lomond lyrics and sheet music for all your music students, with arrangements for beginners through advanced, plus lead sheets and guitar tabs!

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Feb 25, 2020

Dinosaur Song Lyrics & An Easy Melody for Beginning Piano

Dinosaur song lyrics describing a T-rex hunting other dinosaurs from the shadows... but NOT catching them! With easy piano notes and ominous sounds.

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Feb 20, 2020

Free Printable Sheet Music for Piano Students: Irish Wedding

Free printable sheet music "Irish Wedding". TWO SIMPLE, intuitive versions for your 1st-year kids are the newest arrangements of this compelling piece!

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Feb 11, 2020

The Spanish Lady, Vocal & Piano Sheet Music & Guitar Tabs from Ireland

The Spanish Lady is a fun, pretty, and fast-moving song from Ireland. NOW with EASY beginner piano version & duet secondo, plus fiddle & guitar tabs!

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Feb 07, 2020

Celtic Music: Listen & Download Gaelic Song and Music

Celtic music - listen and download this beautiful Gaelic music for piano. NOW with an EASY-TO-READ lead sheet with chords for your students to improvise with.

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Feb 05, 2020

Free Guitar Tabs: Devil's Dream in Tablature and Standard Notation

FREE guitar tabs, now with an EASY-to-read 2-page version. These arrangements include standard treble clef notation as well.

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Jan 31, 2020

Download Piano Sheet Music Free for All the Pretty Little Horses

Download piano sheet music "All the Pretty Little Horses", now as a lead sheet for budding chord players. Also with beginner arrangements & a duet secondo!

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Jan 19, 2020

Come By the Hills Lyrics & Sheet Music

Come By the Hills is a pretty Gaelic song your singers will learn to sing EASILY and will love. NOW with piano, guitar tab, and lead sheet arrangements.

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Jan 13, 2020

Jane Austen Emma Music for Piano

Jane Austen "Emma" music - a beautiful piano arrangement based on some of the themes from one of the Jane Austen movies. Hear a video of the piano music.

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Jan 06, 2020

Time-saving list!

Thank you so much for this list! You saved me a great deal of time for me, not to have to reinvent the wheel! I’m going to teach a beginning singing

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Jan 02, 2020

Aragorn and Arwen's Theme at Rivendell Sheet Music

Aragorn and Arwen, in The Fellowship of the Ring, commit themselves to each other while the beautiful music "Aniron" - "I Desire" - is sung.

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Jan 01, 2020

Titanic Music for Intermediate Piano

This is the most famous "Titanic music" from Titanic the movie, arranged for intermediate piano. Not too easy, but very lovely.

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Jan 01, 2020

Little Drummer Boy Lyrics and Sheet Music

Little Drummer Boy lyrics and sheet music for piano - this easy version has a full sound, a changing but predictable rhythm, & all the lyrics!

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Nov 21, 2019

Ding Dong Merrily On High, Free, for Piano and Voice

Ding Dong Merrily On High for voice, piano, & leads, with two new simpler versions. You will be surprised how EASY the elaborate-sounding chorus really is!

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Nov 15, 2019

America the Beautiful, a Song of Thanksgiving

America the Beautiful expresses wonder & thanksgiving. Now with a new EASY PIANO arrangement in two keys.

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Nov 08, 2019

WIN BIG With the Easy New Lake Pirates

TODAY gave one of my youngest students the newest and easiest version of The Lake Pirates. SCORE!!!

HE READ "THE LAKE PIRATES STRAIGHT" THROUGH. AMAZING. He was very excited about it, too! I almost had to push him off the piano bench to get him to stop playing it and go home. I think the lyrics had something to do with that:

"Hark! What's that in the morning fog? It's a SHIP in the morning fog! From the fog comes a ship with a flag on its mast. It's a black Jolly Roger flag. With the skull & the crossbones, the white on the black! Yes, the flag is a PIRATE FLAG!" etc.

This is a boy who is solidly in the first level of The Perfect Start to Note Reading, just the notes around Middle C. And even with a few helper alphanotes, The Lake Pirates LOOKS daunting. And sounds BIG. But he got it in one go. We'll see how he does with the rhythm this week, but I think the meter of the lyrics will be a natural help with those eighth notes (you don't find eighth notes in The Perfect Start to Note Reading).

Nov 07, 2019

Free Printable Piano Sheet Music - Three Versions, The Lake Pirates!

Free printable piano sheet music for early to late beginners. Now with a Middle C arrangement with pirate lyrics! Very easy to late elementary.

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Oct 26, 2019

The Snowman Theme: Walking In the Air Piano Music

This sparkling piano arrangement of the main musical theme from The Snowman will win your students' hearts and imaginations with its beauty.

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Oct 23, 2019

Storybook Love - "The Princess Bride" Movie Soundtrack Music

Storybook Love - Mark Knopfler's "The Princess Bride" movie soundtrack music is one of the prettiest movie themes ever. Now in the key of C!

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Oct 12, 2019

O Susanna Easy Piano & Guitar Sheet Music

O Susanna is a song from the olden days of gold panning, and it's still fun to sing and play! Get the sheet music for beginning piano, and easy tabs for guitar here.

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Oct 10, 2019

Toccata by Monteverdi for Piano Trio, or Piano Ensemble

Toccata, from an opera: vigorous & bright trio and ensemble arrangements with lots of rhythm - surprisingly EASY & FUN! With many rehearsal suggestions.

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Sep 28, 2019

Should I Even Bother Trying to Re-Learn Piano, Or Is It a Waste of Time?

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Sep 05, 2019

Skye Boat Song Vocal & Guitar Sheet Music

"Skye Boat Song" from Scotland, with a lovely NEW finger-picking version for guitar, as well as the 2 original EASY arrangements!

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Jul 17, 2019

Free Printable Piano Sheet Music Golden Wedding Solo, Duet & Trio!

Free printable piano sheet music for solo or keyboard/ piano class Golden Wedding with a lovely minor melody. EASY duet & trio; harder solo!

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Jul 16, 2019

Happy Birthday Free Sheet Music for Guitar, Piano, & Lead Instruments

Happy Birthday, with several NEW arrangements for piano solo & duet, and guitar tabs, some with a few lettered notes to make it easy for beginners.

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Jul 13, 2019

Ode to Joy Sheet Music for Piano, Easy Beginner to Advanced

Ode to Joy, now with advanced "BIG"-sounding arrangements, piano duets, "Joyful, joyful" lyrics, and multiple beginner and late beginner arrangements.

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Jul 07, 2019

Just As I Am Without One Plea Easy Piano Arrangement

Just As I Am, without one plea, is an old beloved hymn. Check out two very easy arrangements for your piano students.

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Jun 27, 2019

Education Music Resources - My Favorites! A Music Teacher's View

Education music resources: here is a list of my favorite materials, whether for piano, voice, guitar or violin student.

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Jun 21, 2019

Viva la Musica Song - a Round in Three Parts

Viva la musica is a very old round for singing. Find it here for treble and bass voices and for guitar.

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May 30, 2019

Zum Gali Gali Lyrics and Sheet Music

Zum Gali Gali lyrics and easy sheet music for piano, voice, guitar, and lead instruments.

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May 30, 2019

Classical Guitar Sheet Music "Allegro" by Giuliani

Classical guitar sheet music from "Le Papillon" (The Butterfly) by Giuliani, now with guitar tablature - this classical piece is very EASY!

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May 08, 2019

Spanish Study Free Guitar Tabs for Beginning Classical Guitar

Spanish Study, with a new version showing all 3 pages of tablature. This is a simplified guitar version of the famous piece "Asturias."

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Apr 25, 2019

Star-Spangled Banner Free Sheet Music & Lyrics for All Instruments

Star-Spangled Banner free sheet music. Now with a singer's "find-your-pitch" exercise! America's national anthem in 7 keys, & lyrics for 1 or all 4 verses.

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Apr 11, 2019

Tarantelle, the Spider Dance, for Beginning Piano

Tarantelle, now with a shortened melody, and in Dm position! The Spider Dance is a vigorous and fun melody for beginning piano students.

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Mar 27, 2019

Easy Piano Sheet Music Swan Lake, Free!

Easy piano sheet music Swan Lake, now with a pretty intermediate arrangement and duet secondo! For students who love the mysterious sound of the minor scale.

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Mar 22, 2019

Mozart Alla Turca PDF First Movement, for Beginners

Mozart all turca pdf - the slow first movement of this sonata for beginners. An easy and lovely introduction to this famous piano music!

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Feb 28, 2019

Beginner Guitar Song Boil'em Cabbage Down

Beginner guitar song Boil'em Cabbage Down - now with eighth notes for flat-picking readers. This is a great beginning technique song for strings!

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Feb 25, 2019

There Were Three Ravens Sat On a Tree PDF Score

There Were Three Ravens Sat On a Tree in five different keys! With all the lyrics, short and long versions.

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Feb 01, 2019

Free Fur Elise Sheet Music - Beautifully Readable Copies

Fur Elise sheet music in its entirety, with quarter notes for easy deciphering! These beautiful transcriptions are perfect for students who've just mastered coordination of right hand melody against left hand broken chords.

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Jan 24, 2019

What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor Chords & Guitar Tabs

What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor chords & guitar tabs, with standard notation for fiddle players too! A short solo and a fancy flatpicking duet!

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Jan 21, 2019

"I'll Fly Away" Free Fiddle Sheet Music & Easy Guitar Tabs

I'll Fly Away free fiddle sheet music, with an easy lettered version for beginners! Also, solos & harmonies for voice and guitar.

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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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About the Author

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.


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