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:
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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!
The link for the piano music:
Download piano music for beginners "Dueling C's"
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 happy tune? Its repeated notes make up for the "tricky" skips in the melody - plus there are lettered notes in some of the arrangements!
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 on the white keys - 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 bass clef before you give them 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 (also called "Crickets Go Hopping") - 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.
When the Saints Go Marching In - just 5 notes, with no stretches or replacements, make up this familiar song!
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.
Ding Dong Merrily On High for voice, piano, & leads, with two new simpler versions. You will be surprised how EASY the elaborate-sounding chorus really is!
America the Beautiful expresses wonder & thanksgiving. Now with a new EASY PIANO arrangement in two keys.
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Free printable piano sheet music for early to late beginners. Now with a Middle C arrangement with pirate lyrics! Very easy to late elementary.
This sparkling piano arrangement of the main musical theme from The Snowman will win your students' hearts and imaginations with its beauty.
Storybook Love - Mark Knopfler's "The Princess Bride" movie soundtrack music is one of the prettiest movie themes ever. Now in the key of C!
Just the Black Keys
This book is available as a digital download from this site, and also from Amazon as a paperback!
This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.
And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!" They will be spending more time at the piano.
The Adventures of Tonsta
A perfect read aloud storybook
for little boys or girls.
The Adventures of Tonsta highlight the travels of a very young boy with a good heart, who goes about helping folk in trouble.
With a red cap on his head and a sack of tools slung over his shoulder, Tonsta seems to meet people in distress wherever he goes.
Lots of trolls in this book - including one who gives him a Christmas gift!
Available at Amazon
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