Frere Jacques
With Lyrics in French & English

Frere Jacques with lyrics, so your students can sing this easy and familiar song!  Every version has both a Frere Jacques lyrics English translation, and Frere Jacques lyrics in French.

On this webpage you'll find:

  • Vocal rounds in the keys of C, F, and G
  • Easy beginner shared-hands melody centered on Middle C, in a plain note setting, and also with AlphaNotes for beginning readers
  • A simple setting with the melody in one hand, and a plain left hand accompaniment

The singing round:

Vocal round Frere Jacques

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Three keys for the singing round

What's shown above is the key of F.  This round is also available in the key of G, and the key of C, much lower.

The piano arrangements

Beginner sheet music Frere Jacques

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Even simpler - letters in the notes!

Frere Jacques with lyrics for beginners

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A higher version for beginners

Piano sheet music Are You Sleeping Brother John

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The reason I arranged the version in C in addition to the (perhaps) easier arrangement in G is so that little ones can play along with a big sister or brother (or Mom or Dad - or teacher!) who will be learning the more advanced arrangement in C, below.  Together, they can turn it into the round.  (The round is the reason for the numbers 1, 2, 3, & 4 to the left side of the grand staffs.)

That makes it fun!  A little bit of harmony naturally built into "Are You Sleeping?"  So I think the C version is worth working on.

An easily conquered arrangement

Elementary piano arrangement Frere Jacques

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This setting in C has already proved to be fun for my students.  Some of them are on the cusp of sight reading a new piece of music hands together... Frere Jacques is just right for that, and the left hand here could hardly be easier!

I have BIG PLANS to add this to my list of songs-that-are-good-for-transposing.  The finger replacement at the end of line two is really the only "complicated" maneuver to be found in this piece; when transposing, this will be a valuable item to practice, practice, practice!



The links for the singing rounds:



Vocal round Frere Jacques in C



Vocal round Frere Jacques in F



Vocal round Frere Jacques in G



The links to the piano arrangements:



Download notereader G



Download notereader G alphanotes helper



Download notereader C



Download elementary piano version of Frere Jacques with lyrics








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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, 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.