Printable Music Notes for Beginning Piano
"Wormies"

Printable music notes are really all these "Wormies" consist of: simple exercises that creep slowly along.  This free sheet music for beginner pianists is a gentle, fun way to break into reading notes.  No understanding of correct fingering required - use the "pointer" finger!



The only question is "Which way does the note go?"

These Wormies are an easy way for very young musicians to try their hand at notereading. Treating the musical staff like a ladder, students ask themselves, "Up? Down? Or the same?" 

Start anywhere

Pick any key to start on -- you don't need to be able to find the correct place to start on the staff! The whole point of this exercise is just to determine the direction of the notes, not the actual note names. 

Printable music notes for beginning music reading


Download Printable Music Notes Wormies 


Forget about fingering

I ask students not to worry about good fingering. Using only their pointer finger (finger 2) and choosing any white note on which to begin, they go up or down the "ladder" as they read across each Wormie.



Don't play them too many times

Usually, I ask kids to play one Wormie a day just two times (to help prevent memorization!), and to try a different Wormie every day. At the next lesson, instead of hearing them play ALL the Wormies, I'll ask them to choose their favorite to play for me. It's usually number 4, because they know it's hardest!

No extra symbols to worry about

Notice that there are no clef symbols -- just a plain, uncluttered staff with lines and spaces. With notes made extra large on purpose, following the very short lines of "music" is pretty easy.

There's another version, longer & trickier

Snakes, which are just longer Wormies, is the next note-reading step. Very likely, your beginning notereaders can by-pass Wormies altogether...but even older beginners of ten and eleven love the simplicity of Wormies, and quickly grasp the principle of moving notes.

It's a beginning! 

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.




Recent Articles

  1. Heidi Evans, piano teacher

    My 13-year-old student loves House of the Rising Sun because he thinks it sounds like Star Wars music! Thank you for this amazing resource! Dana: Hi,

    Read More

  2. Slane (Be Thou My Vision)

    Greetings from Australia. I loved your posting on the beautiful Irish tune 'Slane'(Be Thou My Vision). The descriptions of the versions in different keys

    Read More

  3. Down by the Salley Gardens for Singers & Instrumentalists

    Down by the Salley Gardens is a pretty English song with poetic words by William Butler Yeats. Download piano & vocal & lead sheets in several keys!

    Read More

  4. How to Teach Voice Lessons, for the First-Time Teacher

    How to teach voice lessons, when you are a beginning teacher? Get some tips to quell your fears at this new venture!

    Read More

  5. Toccata by Monteverdi, Free Brass Ensemble, for Group Piano

    Toccata from the opera L'Orfeo, an arrangement of the vigorous brass ensemble for piano ensemble, FREE!

    Read More

  6. Carolinda Carlson

    Thought you would like to know about the four new inventions for handicapped children who are now able to play ukulele with their classmates... See Facebook

    Read More

  7. When the Saints Go Marching In Sheet Music

    When the Saints Go Marching In is an old and still popular song that has only FIVE NOTES - ideal for a young musician! Get the piano sheet music or lead sheets here, free.

    Read More

  8. Piano Sheet Music for Kids "Kookaburra," from Australia!

    Piano sheet music for kids "Kookaburra" is one of those famous songs a lot of us remember from childhood! Now offered as a vocal round in the key of C, this song from Australia is very fun to sing!

    Read More

  9. The Moldau Solo & Duet Easy Beginner Piano Sheet Music

    The Moldau, now with a secondo duet part for beginning piano. This famous piece is one of the most beautiful themes of Romantic orchestral literature.

    Read More

  10. Free Fur Elise Sheet Music - Beautifully Readable Copies

    Fur Elise sheet music in its entirety, with quarter notes for easy deciphering! These beautiful transcriptions are perfect for students who've just mastered coordination of right hand melody against l…

    Read More




Get word of the latest sheet music at Music for Music Teachers?  Sign up for "Take Note!"







Comments: Do you have a story or a question about music teaching? Share it!

Please note that all comments are moderated, and will not appear until I have approved them. Also, IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR MUSIC THAT IS NOT IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN, YOUR REQUEST WILL BE IGNORED. That's pretty much any music written in the last 75 years...

What Other Visitors Have Said

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

Thanks for the Wormies! Not rated yet
Hi, I'm a music teacher working in Thailand and I have been frustrated that my students learn the song BEFORE they learn the notes. I mean they don't really …

Click here to write your own.

Comments

Have your say... Leave me a comment in the box below.