Early Beginner sheet music for piano, free! 

Sheet music for piano, free early beginner sheets.  

Paper keyboards, scales,  chords, exercises, and simple songs that focus on the notes around Middle C.  

These are the first things I use with my students!

Piano keyboards to print on paper to make it easy to understand

Piano Keyboard Charts


Three different printable keyboards are on this page. 

Each prints out on an 8 x 11 sheet of paper. 

These are a necessity for beginners, whether piano, guitar, or violin!  Understanding the topography of the piano keyboard is the "Rosetta Stone" for musicians.

Scales to practice how to hold fingers on the piano

Piano Scales Sheet Music

Shown is the first set of scales, which help to shape the beginner's hand while gradually increasing finger independence. 

There is also a different set of scales on this page (not shown) to which my students progress after these ones.

Simplest way to follow notes on a staff

Wormies printable notes

These super-simple notes train students' fingers to follow their eyes, up, down, or stay in the same place!

VERY useful.

Just the Black Keys beginner book

This book with student and teacher accompaniment pieces will keep your young students busy for weeks & months learning new songs, before they are reading on the staff.

A good bet for younger children... and for families with older brothers & sisters who are beginning to be able to play on the black keys and can be the backup piano part for the beginners!

Two songs with only three notes each, to help students focus easily

ABC & CDE piano key notes

Two little songs for extra practice on the notes around Middle C.

Reinforce basic hand position and fingering with SIMPLE songs on the black keys

Black Notes songs - all on the black keys

Perfect for your little beginners and even older beginners, who will strengthen their fingers along with their counting abilities. 

Lots of songs to choose from; your students will ask for a new one each week! 

SO EASY TO READ.

C&B and C&D piano notes for beginners

Super-easy note-reading songs, just two notes in each.

Don't assume that these are too easy for your very young readers...

Dueling C's piano music for beginners 

Both right and left hands want to play Middle C! 

"B" and "D" also get involved in the action.

Fuzzy Wuzzy

A Middle C song about the bear with no hair.  Very cute, with "musical surprise" in the form of quarter rests!

This one uses lettered notes, but there are other versions of Fuzzy Wuzzy on this page.

God is So Good 

Just five notes make up this sweet song.  Add chords if you like...

Greensleeves 

This is the CHORDS, not the melody. 

After your students can make the second kind of scales plus chords, they will be ready to start this beautiful piece. 

Notice that the chord symbols are placed above the music, so there is no need to read the actual notes, if you understand the pattern.

Indian Dance

A huge favorite with my students. 

It does not sound like a beginner piece, but trust me, it is!

Also available with AlphaNotes (notes with letter names inside the heads).

Jingle Bells sheet music

Familiar songs are always rewarding to students.  

This tune is welcomed by starting students even in July!

Kum Ba Yah  

Not hard for a child who knows the tune.  

Only six notes, like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Lavender's Blue.

Lavender's Blue, with the Cinderella song lyrics!

Very popular with young girls, particularly if you share the Cinderella videos on this page with them!

This graphic shows an arrangement with "AlphaNotes," but I also have versions on this page without the helper notes.

Your beginners will love getting music ready for Halloween!

Especially for young beginners - a Halloween Songs set!  These  include some slightly scary songs, and others that just talk about candy, or costumes.

Louie Louie

This piece is essential (in my studio) for understanding the relationship of the I, IV, and V chords.  VERY FUN.

You will find some lettered notes in this version, pictured.

Use this music AFTER your student can easily play scales with triads.

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Foundational. 

Students will transpose this, change it from major to minor, add chords to it, and use it as a foundation from year to year as they progress to new chord patterns.

Monsters Everywhere

This creepy-sounding song moves step-by-step with lots of repetition.

It is part of a set of Halloween Songs for beginners.

Music Alphabet Song - piano notes for kids

From A below Middle C up to G above, each note is played multiple times in a row, forward and backward, with words to sing along!

The thumbs share Middle D instead of C.

Ode to Joy

Kids are happy to learn this famous song by Beethoven.

Partly it is the familiarity of this tune, and partly, I guess, it's because it remains a great melody!

Peck! Peck! Peck! beginner piano sheet music

This little song about chickens getting their breakfast stays very close to Middle C, moving step-wise in a predictable (but cute) fashion.

The Perfect Start for Note Reading

This is a great way to start young beginners on the music staffs.  

Just 2 notes at a time, for about 6 pages, then add a 3rd note... for about 6 more pages!

Good repetition.  And excellent for sightreading.

Pizza Please- keyboard music notes

Better known as "Hot Cross Buns", but these lyrics are more fun.

Scales for Right Hand & Left Hand too

Two kinds of scales just right for beginners.

Four pages; treble clef and bass clef.

Sharks - known as the "Jaws theme song" at my studio!

This song has a familiar theme... very ominous-sounding, even with just three notes.

Snakes piano sheet music for beginners

This set of exercises is like "Wormies" but with lots more notes.

Snakes Go for a Walk

Also called "Crickets Go Hopping", as a young students re-christened this page of exercises.

A more complicated version of "Snakes," this exercise adds skips, first one, then two, then three, then four skips.  Students enjoy trying to spot them!


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

The famous tune all children know, very useful for transposing and also chord study

Wormies printable music notes 

One slow note at a time, play up or down - or the same note again.

With this page of exercises, you will KNOW if your piano student understands movement on the staff.

And remember...


Your beginners will love getting music ready for Halloween!

Especially for young beginners - a Halloween Songs set!  These  include some slightly scary songs, and others that just talk about candy, or costumes.







Interested in songs from the Bible for your students or church?  Check out my other website, SingTheBibleStory.com!

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All the first-year material I give my beginner students. 

Piano keyboard sheets, scales, chords, note-reading exercises, and over 256 pages of music!

The Story of Esther - a Bible opera!

Queen Esther in the Bible

This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This",  available as a digital downloadtells the riveting story of the time when  Jews in ancient Persia faced a foe named Haman, and how a  brave young queen risked her life to save her people.

A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theater production, or a class of children!

This book is also available from Amazon as a paperback.


Just the Black Keys, a piano song book for young beginners.

Just the Black Keys

This book is available as a digital download  from this site.  Visit this page to see some free examples from the book.

It is also available 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.

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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!

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Dana Thynes

Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com, and a newer site, SingTheBibleStory.com.

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.

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