Fuzzy Wuzzy for Beginner Piano
Fuzzy Wuzzy is a well-known short poem that is fun to say.
A new arrangement places the whole tune in the right hand, using all five fingers. I had a little boy choose Fuzzy Wuzzy today over a scary song about tarantulas...
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Two notes have letters inside them to help your young students.
What's so special about this song?
This free easy sheet music uses musical surprise, by way of quarter rests, to emphasize the riddle behind the story of the little bear. See how many of your students notice the rests, much less count them, the first time through!
Notice that there are no unnecessary rests in the graphics of this easy piano music below. To a beginner, lots of symbols can be a distraction.
What skills does this song call for?
This short song seems very easy, and yet it draws on a number of skills young beginning students have been building:
- coordination of the two hands,
- staff and
- note recognition,
- counting, and
- using rests.
Plus, it makes kids feel successful and smart to be able to figure it out quickly.
For children who aren't finding connecting fingers with piano keys intuitive, try this lettered notes version:
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What I really like to do is give Fuzzy Wuzzy to kids who have mastered the note-reading of Sharks; it starts on the same note, and moves just a little.
It's a lot harder, since it keeps moving up into the right hand, but fortunately the linking note is Middle C, which beginner piano students tend to recognize easily.
And if they only need a tiny bit of help, here is an Alphanotes "helper" arrangement:
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Let them figure it out on their own
Once, I handed out copies of this piece toward the end of a group keyboard class, and announced that anyone who could figure it out and play it correctly without any help from me would get one Jolly Rancher candy.
That was a fun and motivating way to wrap up the hour! Kids seem to remember a thing better when they struggle through it themselves.
An easy song for quick success
I don't always spend a lot of time on little pieces like this, but they are fun and quick for students who can read them at once and thereby gauge how much progress they have made since they started.
They are also useful for very young pianists who are still challenged by the location of B and Middle C!
For the very young beginner, Fuzzy Wuzzy can be a good next step after Snakes, Snakes Go for a Walk, and Sharks.
The links to Fuzzy Wuzzy:
Download Fuzzy Wuzzy with melody all in one hand
Fuzzy Wuzzy free piano music for beginners shared between two hands
Download easy piano song for beginner piano with letters in the notes
Download "helper" arrangement of beginning song Fuzzy Wuzzy
More 5-finger songs at Music-for-Music-Teachers:
Cat Came Back (easiest version) - with fun-to-sing lyrics, many verses!
Erie Canal - Part I has only 5 notes, but is a satisfying introduction to this song
Fuzzy Wuzzy - cute and short!
Go Tell Aunt Rhody
God is So Good - a sweet melody with sweet words
Jingle Bells - every child knows this one
Mary Had a Little Lamb - a song with many uses!
Ode to Joy, the famous tune by Beethoven
Pizza Please (Hot Cross Buns) - 3 notes, arranged for each hand
Sharks (3 notes, for left hand) - this is like the Jaws theme song
Snake Charmer - with fun lyrics and a mysterious minor melody
Tarantelle - the spider dance, with silly lyrics about tarantulas
When the Saints Go Marching In - with several arrangements!
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A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theater production, or a class of children!
This book is also available from Amazon as a paperback.
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This book is available as a digital download from this site. Visit this page to see some free examples from the book.
It is also available 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.
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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