This free printable piano sheet music for keyboard or piano class, Golden Wedding, will be a popular addition to your ensemble repertoire. This famous classical music has a strong, easily-remembered minor melody, besides being very beautiful.
This arrangement has 3 parts
Part 1 requires students to use the skills of finger replacement and crossing over.
Part 2 uses chords and chord inversions around Middle C position:
Part 3 moves slowly. Those students who are shaky reading notes in bass clef will find this part a little challenging, but not intimidating, particularly as it is repetitious.
Try consolidating parts 2 and 3
If some of your keyboard class students find this arrangement of Golden Wedding too easy, have them combine parts!
See all the parts at once
A conductor's score is what I like to read from, and sometimes I will pass out copies of this page for my students to play from as well. It's good practice for them to have to keep track of their part in the full score, and it helps them anticipate entrances.
Because the melody has many repeating notes, and moves step-wise, it is not too hard for students to sing the note names aloud as they play. I like to start the singing, and after a few measures, ask them to join me as we move along reading notes. This also works very well for Part 3, and is good bass clef practice. I don't insist on perfection, just that they try.
In a digital keyboard class, it's fun to set the sounds for each keyboard to a different kind of instrument. Part 3 can round out the sound of the ensemble with a deep, edgy kind of instrument sound such as bassoon. An all-organ selection can be powerful, too. Golden Wedding can sound brisk and energetic, or slow and dirge-like! ("That sounded like Golden Funeral," I sometimes tell my music students.) Experiment!
Kim in Washington:
My son is hooked...I've been introducing piano to my son on and off for a year or so, but he's not had much interest. Then I gave him "Monsters Everywhere". He loved playing it with the organ sound on our piano. He memorized it that week and I'm printing off the other Halloween songs to keep him going. I love the detailed instructions on teaching since he is my first student! Thanks so much.
That is so neat that your son has experienced the magic and mystery of music through this little song. That is so exciting to me. Thanks for writing, Kim!
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