Scary music that's also classical piano music is a great idea!
Your students, like mine, will find this free printable piano music for dark nights lots of fun.
Please scroll down the page for the download links.
The video above is almost exactly like the version I have here.
This music was kindly shared with me by piano teacher and composer/arranger Tabitha S. Kierszka of the Netherlands. Here is what she says about it:
"This is a scary little piece. The original title was Neckender Kobold, or The Merry/Happy Kobold, by Theodor Oesten (19th century).
"I have doubled the note values, quarters instead of 8ths, otherwise it is unchanged. It has the flavour of Schubert's Erlkonig, and it can be played really exciting if it can be mastered at speed with all the dynamics."
Please scroll down the page for the download links.
So Tabitha made it easier to read - a good idea for students whose playing ability is beyond their rhythm-reading ability (most piano students).
There is lots of tension in this scary music! That allows your student to play with drama. Though the music sounds difficult, it is much easier to play than your student might think. And kids enjoy it!
Make sure they are acquainted with chord inversions for the left hand as shown in the cadence progressions of these free "Key of --" sheets, and then they will find the Em chords changing to the Am and suspended Em chords easy and fun.
This music was written about the antics or mischief of a kind of elf-like being, a sprite. From Wikipedia:
"The kobold (occasionally cobold) is a sprite stemming from Germanic mythology and surviving into modern times in German folklore.
"Although usually invisible, a kobold can materialise in the form of an animal, fire, a human being, and a candle.
"The most common depictions of kobolds show them as humanlike figures the size of small children.
"Kobolds who live in human homes wear the clothing of peasants; those who live in mines are hunched and ugly; and kobolds who live on ships smoke pipes and wear sailor clothing."
Thank you, Tabitha, for this easy-to-read version of The Merry Kobold!
The link to the piano music PDF:
Download scary music De Boself, free classical sheet music
"Esther-For Such a Time as This" is music re-telling the riveting story from the Bible of an attempted genocide long ago & how a young queen saved her people.
The Spanish Lady is a fun, pretty, and fast-moving song from Ireland. NOW with EASY beginner piano version & duet secondo, plus fiddle & guitar tabs!
Celtic music - listen and download this beautiful Gaelic music for piano. NOW with an EASY-TO-READ lead sheet with chords for your students to improvise with.
FREE guitar tabs, now with an EASY-to-read 2-page version. These arrangements include standard treble clef notation as well.
Download piano sheet music "All the Pretty Little Horses", now as a lead sheet for budding chord players. Also with beginner arrangements & a duet secondo!
Free printable sheet music "Irish Wedding". A SIMPLE, intuitive version for your 1st-year kids is the newest of the arrangements of this fun, pretty piece!
Queen Esther in the Bible
This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This" tells the riveting story of the attempted genocide of the Jews in ancient Persia, and the brave young queen who risked her life to change the king's mind and save her people.
This book is available as a digital download from this site, and also from Amazon as a paperback.
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
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!
Joy: I bought your Halloween Songs, wrote teacher accompaniment for some, and performed with 17 of my students in costume at an assisted living facility. It was a "win-win" situation.
The kids and residents loved it and the parents were very pleased with the service aspect of their children's performance as well.
Thank you for sharing these lovely pieces that introduce the minor key in a very simple and interesting way to early elementary students.
Do you have a funny story about this music, or does it remind you of something you'd like to share with other readers? Do you have a question? I'd love to hear it!
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