These piano music downloads for your young students who are moving from primer music to levels 1 & 2 involve both hands, or add chord symbols for a made-up left hand.
Most of these pieces will fit inside a 5-finger position. Left hand parts are fairly slow-moving, or repetitive. However, new challenges arise - sharps! and flats! Rests, and unexpected rhythms!
See examples in the song below, "The Little Man Who Wasn't There."
This is a song all your students may know!
The fingering is tricky, but if they really like this song, they'll get it.
An old song about sailing, and whaling.
You will probably recognize this tune!
On this page are several versions, and I admit that the one shown here is too hard for younger students "After Year One," but not a problem for older beginners.
A soft and pretty melody.
Can-Can uses a full C scale.
The left hand is easy, with just two blocked chords.
A famous and energetic piece!
This fun melody uses a simple repetitious left hand, but has the added complication of a right hand fingering that tucks under!
Perfect for learning along with the full scale pattern.
This fun song with silly lyrics has a repetitious bass line.
Use full chords or just single bass notes...
Several arrangements (with more to come eventually) - the one shown is a duet primo, for students with small hands.
You may think your second-year students can't do this left hand pattern, but the repetition of the same pattern over and over will eventually kick in!
The only tricky place is where right hand half notes must coordinate with left hand quarter notes.
What a fun duet this is!
A very short melody, with lots of energy, make this song a blast to play.
This interesting piece is for IMPROVISING.
With a lowered second interval (Db), these little patterns have an eastern, exotic sound.
No name on the page - students can add their own title!
Just two chords in the left hand to accompany this well-known melody!
Hopefully your student has already been prepared by playing Mary Had a Little Lamb with the C and "pinch G" chords.
This song is still popular with kids!
On this page you'll find the Erie Canal in the key of Am (shown here), and Dm, and several arrangements.
Those left hand chords look a bit intimidating - but they are the same two chords over and over again.
There is also a Middle-C version of the Funeral March on this page, and a big-sounding arrangement as well.
This is ALMOST the Fur Elise theme; near enough to make it recognizable to your young students.
There are also more difficult arrangements of the Part 1 theme on this page, as well as an alphanote (letters-in-the-notes) version!
This simple song actually has a very pretty harmony!
This is a super-easy arrangement; see the page for other and harder arrangements of this sweet song.
This may be TOO EASY for second year students (in which case, check out the harder arrangements on this page), or it may be JUST RIGHT, for little ones.
Featured as lyrics is the creepy little poem by Lewis Carroll, from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland".
Depending upon the skill level of your student, either the Primo or the Secondo of this duet might be just right for them!
This is the easiest arrangement of Irish Wedding.
There are harder versions on this page, too!
This piece is a GREAT FAVORITE. Don't miss it.
Easy left hand chords and inversions make this a good chord study and transposing song.
This is arrangement #2 of this popular piece - very simple, until page 2, when suddenly the left hand chords jump an octave, back and forth, creating much excitement!
See this arrangement plus one that is easier (with pirate lyrics) and one a bit harder, in the key of Cm.
This song is a favorite at my studio!
Several different arrangements of this pretty song, from solid chords to elaborate broken chords, and arrangements for accompanying vocalists!
This is the song Cinderella was singing from the attic that helped the prince find her - at least in the Lily James's movie!
Two pages long, this song about the Lady of Shalott has several arrangements.
Shown here is a lead sheet, which invites students to add plain open chords (to give a medieval sound) to the melody.
This song is part of a Halloween Song Collection for late elementary and intermediate students.
This fun jazzy piece has kooky words, but is irresistible!
Several versions, including a duet arrangement.
If this version looks too hard, check out the AlphaNotes version, which is larger and has letters inside the note-heads.
This "song" is something I use as a way to get very familiar with the I, IV, and V chords in each key.
When students have learned the original, they begin transposing it into other keys.
In this piece, the hands alternate and copy-cat.
After several phrases of alternating hands, the hands play chords together.
With added pedal, this music has a mysterious, medieval sound.
Good chord practice!
There are a couple of arrangements easier than this one, and a couple arrangements that are harder!
Take a look at the page...
This is a very famous symphonic theme from the classical repertoire.
This lovely melody from the famous sonata fits beautifully into each hand.
Both left and right hands require just five fingers, with no stretching.
The reading, all around Middle C, is easy too!
Block chords make this left hand easy
Numerous arrangements of Ode to Joy on this page, but the version shown here might be just right for your second-year student!
A little bit of harmony is what this version of Old Joe Clark is all about.
See the page to look at different arrangements.
The famous canon by Pachelbel, with some broken chords to make it fancy.
Chord symbols over the melody line make it easier to read.
There are AlphaNotes - letters inside the note-heads - inside some of the versions on this page of music.
You are looking at page 3 of a simplified arrangement for music readers whose love for this piece exceeds their note-reading ability!
Several arrangements of this song from childhood.
Check them out!
This is an elegant arrangement of the Japanese song about "Cherry blossoms."
Another harder and fuller version of this song can be found on this page, but it is more well-suited to a stronger piano player.
Kids love this serpentine melody.
I have updated it with polite lyrics about a snake in a basket and a man with a pipe.
Just one chord in the left hand to worry about!
This piece may be a bit of a stretch for your young second-year student; there are many tricky elements.
However, the story about the young cowboy is sad and draws children in. I myself spent many hours playing this doleful but sweet tune as a young girl.
The melody of Tarantelle is outside the ordinary reading range of many second-year students, but not all.
An inviting feature of this fun piece is that the entire right hand stays in the same Am scale hand position.
Another nice thing is the new lyrics, all about a tarantula!
The left hand split chords of the accompaniment don't go far away; they are just chord inversions.
This is the famous "scary organ piece" that most kids have heard somewhere-or-other at least once.
There are three different arrangements on this page.
This is an arrangement that sounds rather splendid on keyboards, with a small ensemble of students!
The trick is to get them counting together. Each part is easy in itself; it is putting them together that poses the challenge.
Yes, your students need this simple song, for chord & transposition work!
This is a great song for figuring out by ear, and also for changing to minor.
Or, with a GRUMPY sailor!
This tiny change in the lyrics might make this song more acceptable to your students' families.
If this arrangement looks too overwhelming, there is a one-page simplified version you can check out.
Pretty minor scales disguised as a song.
This song requires more work than the young pianist's left hand is accustomed to!
A song about the hardships of life working at sea. You know - swabbing down the deck, cleaning the slime!
Two pages of big root chords and strong minor melodic phrases.
You are BOUND to find a few songs on this page of selections that will satisfy even the pickiest little boy or girl.
It can be hard to decide, sometimes, if it is best to:
Usually, the best choice is to go with the song they really WANT. Have several choices ready for them!
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Do you have a simple solo arrangement of What Child is This for 2 hands
I need a fairly simple copy of this song for 6th grade piano class Holiday and Christmas recital. This student is beyond beginner and can play somewhat …