Indian Dance
Free Sheet Music for Kids

Indian Dance will be among your beginning students' favorite keyboard music sheets. With an easy repeating left hand, it has a big sound.

There are several versions here - scroll down the page for the links to the free downloadable PDFs!

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

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A video made with my iPhone so you can get an idea what this piece sounds like:

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 part (easy!), the LH chords come quickly, and it is great fun to play this free sheet music for kids over and over again.

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

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What? You call this 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!  

Everything is new 

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!  

So just learning how to work through their lesson sheets is a very important skill.

Version 2 shows what the LH can do

I offer two versions here. The first page, above, is what I give my students; the second shows how the LH (left hand) chord should be played (for you teachers who want each note spelled out!). 

When is it appropriate to give this piece to beginners?

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

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.

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.

This piece is not really about reading notes, but about observing patterns, 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, not shown here


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


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


Check out more easy songs with a reach of just 6 or 7 notes:


Egyptian Dance - not as hard as it sounds! Very mysterious & beautiful.


I'm a Pirate - a good song for young boys! Several settings.


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Irish Wedding (easy version) - all my students want to play this high-energy song!


Kum Ba Yah - very pretty and easy - just 6 notes.


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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