Simple Piano Sheet Music & Vocal Round
Canoe Song

Simple piano sheet music that is quickly learned - as in one sitting! - is sometimes exactly what your student craves!

The easiest arrangement

With this SIMPLIFIED version of the original Canoe Song, even students with agility for only 5 notes can make this happen.

Canoe Song piano music

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There is only ONE note's difference between this new setting and the original Canoe Song, but it will make ALL the difference for your student in conquering this song quickly.

The six-note version of Canoe Song

Here is an ambitious group of 3rd and 4th grade students, with drums and recorders (and another set of instruments I couldn't really see) with a fancy version of the Canoe Song: 

The same sheet, with smaller staff

Canadian song Canoe Song

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Why a smaller staff?  It may seem easier to read for some, and also older students, though beginners, won't feel like they're playing "baby" music.  Sometimes GIANT NOTES can feel like they are shouting at you!

A lead sheet arrangement of the original tune

Canoe Song piano lead sheet

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This is the original melody, as I first encountered it - only the high D at the end of line two is different.

Don't tuck under - jump instead (or cross over)

Yes, if you wish for younger students to be able to play this desirable song, you must sacrifice your piano-teaching principles and allow them to jump to the high D, or cross left hand over.  There will be plenty of opportunities later for tucking under!

An extra measure at the end, for ATMOSPHERE

I frequently like to end piano songs with a flourish of some kind, when I'm playing along with my students; this extra measure, using the shape of open chords happened gradually.  Pretty soon, I couldn't help myself, at the end of Canoe Song!  With the pedal depressed, this measure lends a great deal to the MOOD of Canoe Song.

The original simple piano sheet music

This arrangement of Canoe Song, below, is just right for students who are beginning to tuck fingers under in scales. 

Simple piano sheet music

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It's also a round for singing

Turn this song into a group round

Singing round Canoe Song

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But even without singing in round fashion, the melody is captivating, and you and your piano student will enjoy leaning into the half notes as you sing it together.

Lots of energy = LOUD PLAYING?

I love this energetic song with its unusual rhythm. Like Indian Dance, it allows students to really pound the piano if they are in the mood. 

Not that pounding is something you should encourage!

However, young students frequently DO enjoy pounding, as we all know.

More skill required to "tuck under"

This easy piano sheet music for beginners will probably remind your students of Indian Dance, but the melody requires a much higher skill level.

Don't give the second, original piano arrangement to them until they really understand how to do a simple C scale, otherwise they will substitute other fingers to get up high and take 10 times longer to learn the song! Really!

The easy left-hand chords which follow the rhythm of the right hand allow concentration on the twists and turns of the melody. 

A syncopated feeling

The syncopated feeling of this melody poses an additional challenge for beginners, many of whom are extremely resistant to counting aloud!  For them, it will help to sing the words of the song, and also to clap their hands, or tap their lap as they count. 

Practice "drumming" the rhythm

Separate the timing issue from the note-playing for beginner students just learning the "tucking-under" technique.  I set the rhythm to 4/4 so I wouldn't have to use eighth notes, to make it easy to count.

Grab a pen for each of you and beat the rhythm aloud on the piano lid.  Get some practice first in the book I use with all my students during the "drumming" portion of our lessons - and this will come easily!

The links for the piano music:

Download six-note melody for beginners

Download Canoe Song with six notes, using smaller staff

Download easier arrangement with helper notes of Canoe Song, fancier melody

Download simple piano sheet music Canoe Song 

The links to the singing rounds:

Download the vocal round Canoe Song in Cm

Download Canoe Song for singers in Dm

Download singing round Canoe Song in Em (shown above)

Check out more easy free songs with a reach of just 6 or 7 notes:

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I'm a Pirate - a good song for imaginative young kids! Several settings.

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Kum Ba Yah - very pretty and easy - just 6 notes.

Lavender's Blue - young girls love this music, especially if they have seen Lily James' Cinderella!

Oh, How Lovely is the Evening - a round for singers, but also a pretty piano piece, with the addition of left hand chords.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - simple or even beautiful, depending on the accompaniment.  Very useful for learning chords & transposition.

Winds in the Willow - scale practice disguised as a mysterious, pretty minor melody. 

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