Keyboard Music Notes
Pizza Please

Keyboard music notes for beginning piano music readers "Pizza Please" (usually known as "Hot Cross Buns"!)  

This familiar song uses just 3 different notes, and easy-to-count half notes for the start of the melody.

Keyboard music notes

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Goofy lyrics suit the rhythm

What I like about this piece are the easy notes, the easy counting, and the silly words.  The phrase "Pep-per-o-ni, cheese, an-cho-vie!" encourages hurrying along the quarter notes.

Play notes with no rhythm concerns initially

After they have made their way through this little song once, then it's time to start counting it...

When I count this song aloud with students, I say,

"One - two, one - two, one - two - three - four.  
One - two, one - two, one - two - three - four.  
One, one, one, one,
One, one, one, one,
One - two, one - two, one - two - three - four."

After that, the words "Piz-za please," and the rest are usually enough.

Letters in the note heads

The arrangement below has just a few made-easy notes:

Keyboard music notes

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Now for the left hand

I've also written this little song for left hand, using the important notes B ("Baby note B"), A, and G.  Why do I call that note the "baby" note?  Because it "rests" on top of the staff, as a sleeping baby might.

Left hand keyboard music notes

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Here are two more versions for the left hand, this time with "AlphaNotes" (lettered note-heads):

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Again, why do I call "B" the Baby note?  

Well, when my students and I draw the grand staff on my big white board, we focus on the notes around Middle C.  

Under Middle C is B, which is "resting" on the top of the staff, as it is a baby, and not very strong.  

And D above Middle C stands for the Daddy note - so STRONG that he can hold up the whole "ladder" - that is, the staff - on his head.  Then we draw little faces inside the B and D.

As memory aids, these goofy names have worked well for me!



The links for the right hand PDFs:



Download keyboard music notes "Pizza Please"



Download Pizza Please for piano with Alpha Notes



Download Pizza Please with helper notes



The links for the left hand arrangements:



Download left hand arrangement of song "Pizza Please"



Download Alphanotes arrangement of Pizza Please for left hand



Download helper version of Pizza Please for left hand




More 5-finger songs at Music-for-Music-Teachers:

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Jingle Bells - every child knows this one


Mary Had a Little Lamb - a song with many uses!


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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.