Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Lyrics & Sheet Music

"Go Tell Aunt Rhody" is a very well-known old song that is found in a lot of beginning musician books.  Why?

An important song for beginners

This song doesn't stray far with its melody notes, staying inside the reach of the five fingers (for piano), or the easiest beginner notes, for other instruments.

Beginner piano sheet music for Go Tell Aunt Rhody

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Be sure to point out the "C" and "G" symbols above the melody lines... I like to check that my student remembers the purpose of the chord symbols by asking them, "What's this for?" or "What does this C mean?"

Concerning lyrics for modern children?

What about these sad lyrics that mention the dead goose? 

Well, some kids won't even really notice, but you might comfort those who seem concerned about the goose by telling them that the feathers and down were traditionally (and even to this day) highly prized for pillows and comforters!  So that when a goose died of old age, it still could be a part of the family, in a way.

Even easier - a few lettered notes

Piano sheet music for Go Tell Aunt Rhody with letters in the notes for easy reading

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A pretty 2-hand arrangement

Here is a piano arrangement for progressing beginners, with moving left hand notes that do not follow a pattern: the hardest kind of left hand for young students, I think!

But the harmony is pretty:

Advancing beginner arrangement of Go Tell Aunt Rhody piano music

Part of the Suzuki violin repertoire

Beginning violin students play this song - by ear! - but note-reading students who come from another instrument, and another method, will find sheet music for the tune handy:

Violin sheet music Go Tell Aunt Rhody

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If you are both a pianist and a violinist, you will notice that the melody is simplified for violin in the second line, avoiding a movement of a third for beginning fiddle players...

An easy-to-read approach

In the violin sheet music below, the string name and finger number for each changing note is stated above the notes:

Easy-to-read violin sheet music for Go Tell Aunt Rhody


The links for the piano music:



Download Go Tell Aunt Rhody easy lead sheet



Download easy piano arrangement with some letters in the music notes



Download two-handed piano arrangement for advancing beginners



The links for the violin sheet music:



Download Go Tell Aunt Rhody for beginner violin



Download the easy-to-read setting for beginner violin




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!


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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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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.