Happy Birthday Piano Sheet Music & Lead Sheets

Happy Birthday, now with an easy chord arrangement that uses helper notes - notes with letters inside!  In addition, other arrangements of Happy Birthday are offered here in multiple keys for all instruments, and with several arrangements for piano. 

Your students can learn it with this free, printable sheet music.

Here is the newest arrangement, very elementary-level-friendly. 

Scroll on down the page for the free downloadable PDF links:

Happy Birthday for piano with little chords and a few lettered notes for elementary students

The Happy Birthday piano sheet music arrangement I feature below uses a simple, bouncy left-hand chord accompaniment in the "Oom-pah,pah" style.

Happy Birthday for piano and vocal

My piano teacher (Mrs. Catherine Hahn, a wonderful woman) began her students with this "bass note, chord, chord" approach, using all root-position chords instead of inversions. This made understanding basic chords and even the 7th chords very easy.

The "big piano" sound with Oom-pah-pah chords in the left hand:

Below is the melody of Happy Birthday as a lead sheet, for any instrument. Verse two uses words I heard in Sunday School as a child, but did not understand until I was an adult!

"Happy Birthday to you -- Only one (just having ONE birthday) will not do!"

"Born again" ("Ye must be born again", John Chapter 3 in the New Testament portion of the Bible) means Salvation; How many (how many "birth - days" -- how many times have you been BORN) have you?

Happy Birthday lead sheet in 7 keys

Below is a version for brave beginners who want to be able to play all of Happy Birthday themselves, even to the octave stretch and the chords.

It is pretty easy, but kids need a bit of background in chord-playing first, such as Mary Had a Little Lamb.

Happily for young players, this is one of those easy chords songs:

simple version of Happy Birthday

With these small chords, I like to tell my students "This is a D 'pinch' chord" (D & C together). "This is a 'little' C chord" (C & E together).

The version in G may be easier for your students to play, because with the key of F version, each hand has to deal with a Bb note. In the key of G version, only the right hand has a black note.

However, the G arrangement uses several bass clef ledger line notes! You will have to decide. I think the G version is easier.

Here are the Middle-C versions for beginner piano students, the easiest arrangements of all.  Use one of these to make a duet with your beginner piano student, or even have two students play together.

First, the new "AlphaNotes" version. These fun notes turn a piece of music into note reading worksheets...

made easy notes for Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday for beginning piano players

Here is the same music, but with chord symbols for a duet partner:

Happy Birthday with piano chord symbols

If you want to turn it into a 2-student duet (the melody or Primo part will have to be played UP an octave), here are the Happy Birthday chords spelled out in this Secondo part (some of them are ROOT chords, and some are CHORD INVERSIONS:)

Duet chords for Happy Birthday




The links to the printable PDFs:


Download first version of Happy Birthday, with small chords in the key of F


Download Happy Birthday Oom-pah-pah style in the key of D


Download free sheet music oom-pah-pah style in the key of Eb


Download oom-pah style free birthday song in the key of F


Download vocal and piano song, oom-pah style, in the key of G




The lead sheets, with two verses of lyrics:

Download Birthday song lead sheet in the key of A


Download Birthday song lead sheet in the key of Bb


Download Birthday song lead sheet in the key of C


Download Birthday song lead sheet in the key of D


Download Birthday song lead sheet in the key of Eb


Download Birthday song lead sheet in the key of F


Download Birthday song lead sheet in the key of G





The links for the easiest piano versions (not lead sheets):


Download simple version of the Birthday song in the key of F


Download helper version of Happy Birthday with little chords in F - it has letters in some of the notes


Download simple version of Happy Birthday in the key of G





The links to the Middle C melody arrangements:


Free easy shared-hands version of Happy Birthday, with lettered notes


Download Middle C version of the Birthday song


Download song written for shared hands melody at Middle C with Happy Birthday chords


Download Middle C duet secondo part for your students





This song has BECOME traditional -- according to Wikipedia, Happy Birthday is the most-recognized song in the English language.

However, the writers are known to history -- two sisters named Mildred and Patty Hill, who wrote the song in 1893. Originally the words weren't Happy Birthday at all, but "Good morning to you, good morning to you. Good morning, dear children, good morning to you!"





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.

Available at Amazon!





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