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."
An old song about sailing, and whaling. You will probably recognize this tune! This page has 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.
You may think your secon-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.
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 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 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. This features the creepy little poem by Lewis Carroll, from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland".
This arrangement is actually NOT the easiest arrangement of Irish Wedding on this page. There are harder versions, too! This piece is a GREAT FAVORITE. Don't miss it.
This two-page song about the Lady of Shalott has several arrangements. This one 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.
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.
A little bit of harmony is what this version of Old Joe Clark is all about. See the page to look at different arrangements.
Kids love this serpentine melody. I have updated it with clean lyrics about a snake in a basket and a man with a pipe. Just one chord in the left hand to worry about!
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.
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.
A song about the hardships of life working at sea. Two pages.
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 give them something they can conquer in a week or two - something super easy, in other words - or if it's worth taking a chance on giving them a song that will STRETCH them and take them to new heights. Usually, the best choice is to go with the song they really WANT.
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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 …