Piano Music for Beginners
Piano music for beginners, free!
"Dueling C's" has the thumbs competing for Middle C in a short, fun, and very easy song. The right and left thumbs engage in a conversation that quickly becomes an argument, then resolves when both thumbs end on Middle C.
Students sometimes think there are different Middle C's for each hand
I have found that most young kids need A LOT of reminding that "Middle C" is the same place on the piano for both hands. Sometimes they'll do just fine until they finish their Primer Method book, then once their hands are no longer customarily playing in that Middle C "position," they want to play Left Hand Middle C down an octave, so their hands maintain a space between!
Don't be afraid of LOTS of review
For little guys, it can take lots of reminders, flashcard activities, games, and songs like "Dueling C's" to make Middle C solid.
A conversation between the thumbs turns into an argument:
Download piano music for beginners "Dueling C's"
Finding the starting notes is the hardest part of playing a song for many beginners
Frequently when students begin a song around Middle C, they'll hunt visually then settle the hands an octave apart! Even if we have searched the music for "clues" and determined that one or both hands use Middle C, they may set their hands onto different Cs.
So I may have a running dialogue with them as they are hunting, that goes like this:
"Okay -- C is our starting note... looking for Middle C... there are LOTS of C's on the piano... Hmmm... which one is MIDDLE C?" and that always helps them focus on finding the correct C. Usually I point to the piano brand name invariably located just above the Middle C area of the fallboard above the piano keys.
I hope your students have fun with this free piano sheet music for kids!
More songs especially for new beginners:
ABC & CDE - Two little 3-note songs focused on the Middle C area, one for left hand and one for right
Black Keys songs - a whole page of songs set to lyrics and poems, all on black keys!
C&B & C&D - Left hand, then right hand, play little songs with lyrics that make them fool-proof.
Dueling C's - a short song with 3 notes: B, Middle C, & D. The thumbs of each hand are "fighting" for the Middle C - but the music makes it plain which hand really owns it.
Fuzzy Wuzzy - this song is about a bear that WASN'T fuzzy. Quarter rests form part of the action! One-handed & two-handed arrangements.
Indian Dance - Though it sounds powerful (and even difficult with an added repetitive chord in left hand), it is very intuitive and repetitious, easily conquered in several lessons.
Jingle Bells - Is there a child who doesn't know this tune? Its repeated notes make up for the "tricky" skips in the melody - plus there are lettered notes in some of the arrangments!
Lavender's Blue - this pretty song forms part of the drama of Cinderella's rescue by the prince in the newest Cinderella movie with Lily James... little girls love to play this song!
Mary Had a Little Lamb - even adults benefit from having this tune "in hand" - later they will learn much about using chords from simple little songs like this.
Music Alphabet Song - from A,B, & C in the left hand, through C, D, E, F, & G in the right hand, this song travels scale-wise through all the notes, to help a logical thinker conquer this concept.
Ode to Joy - like Mary Had a Little Lamb and Jingle Bells, this melody is well-known, and starts with finger 3 on E.
Peck! Peck! Peck! - a "shared-hands" melody, this cute song about chickens pecking on the ground to find their breakfast only moves by steps.
Pizza Please - Using just 3 notes, this song for left hand or right hand is actually Hot Cross Buns in disguise.
Sharks - Wait until kids have started working on the treble and bass clef with this dramatic 3-note song.
Snakes - the next step after students have conquered Wormies, this more intricate set of exercises is longer, with smaller note heads, but still moving just one step at a time in either direction
Snakes Go for a Walk - More exercises like Wormies and Snakes, but with "skips" hiding amongst the steps in each line. Line 1 has one hidden skip; line 2 has 2 hidden skips - you get the idea!
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star - this song is so familiar that children will conquer it easily, especially because it moves by repeated steps. Excellent for memorizing and transposing.
Wormies - This little set of exercises asks beginners to choose ANY white key, and then decide whether to move up, down, or stay there, by looking at the next note. EASY.
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