Indian Dance
Free Sheet Music for Kids

Indian Dance will be among your beginning students' favorite keyboard music sheets.

Free sheet music for kids Indian Dance, Music-for-Music-Teachers.com

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It has a big sound

With an easy repeating left hand, there is lots of sound there!

This is a very popular piece with new students.

Indian Dance (composed by yours truly) is one of my beginning piano students' favorite songs to play.

It satisfies the need for repetition, and for a loud LH (left hand) part they can really bang on the piano!

JUST KIDDING.   But once they have mastered the RH melody (easy!), the LH chords come quickly, and it is great fun to play this free sheet music for kids over and over again.

Several versions to choose from

There are several versions here, all the same arrangement, but with different levels of reading ease.  One of them, at least, will work for your student.

Lettered notes are the easiest

Indian Dance, an easy piano song with letters in the notes

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What? This is a beginner's piece?!!!

Yes.  Because, like Mary Had a Little Lamb, I usually teach this piece by rote, making use of only their new understanding of: 

  1. finger numbers
  2. hand position
  3. piano key names

As with Mary Had a Little Lamb, I teach this piece with the help of a keyboard image in the music for hand placement. That's because "A," the first note, won't show up in their lesson books, usually, for a very long time.

Indian Dance with 2 staffs

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EXPECT them to forget your instructions

Of course, just because you carefully draw the finger numbers into the keyboard chart and have them locate the hand position on the keyboard doesn't mean they will remember to do this when they get home! 

In fact, I now start most of my students with the "alphanotes helper" version instead of the arrangement with the picture of the keyboard, because THEY MOSTLY DON'T LOOK AT IT.  

Everything is new for a beginner

Not just the musical knowledge, but looking at their lesson instructions, looking at the sheet music page for your scribbled hints... they are more likely, for a long time, to rely on their MEMORY!  (Horrors...)

So just learning how to work through their lesson sheets is a very important skill.  I try to remember to talk through their assignment before they leave and see if there are any points of confusion - sometimes there are, but they don't have any idea that they should mention it to me!

When should I give this piece to beginners?

Usually I introduce this piece to slightly older or extra capable children in the first three - four weeks of lessons. They learn it very quickly, and the left hand brings great excitement to the performance. 

But some students can grasp these concepts right away

Very occasionally, with an older or very precocious beginner, I will give this piece to a student on his or her second lesson.

Vary the sound

What is really fun, once they have learned it well, is to then drop the left hand part down an octave, add the pedal(!) and play it twice through.

It's not about reading notes

This piece is not really about reading notes, but about observing patterns of repeated notes and note movement downwards, watching finger numbers, counting steadily, and coordinating the hands.  Start with right hand, and add left hand the following week or so (with an older student)...

Have fun!




The download links for the free PDFs:



Download printable sheet music for Indian Dance, with keyboard graphic



Download Indian Dance with Alphanotes - sheet music with lettered notes



Download Indian Dance Alphanotes Helper version, with just a few lettered notes



Download printable music for Indian Dance showing bass clef & left hand 



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Lavender's Blue - young girls love this music, especially if they have seen Lily James' Cinderella!



Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - simple or even beautiful, depending on the accompaniment.  Very useful for learning chords & transposition.



Winds in the Willow - scale practice disguised as a mysterious, pretty minor melody. 








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