Simple Piano Sheet Music
This simple piano sheet music, Canoe Song is just right for students who are beginning to tuck fingers under in scales.
Please scroll down the page for the download links.
It's a round for singing
Canoe Song is also a round for singing!
But even without singing in round fashion, the melody is captivating, and you and your 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 unpredictable 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 it 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.
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.
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 link for the piano music:
Download simple piano sheet music Canoe Song
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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
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