Songs Old and Songs New is a simple & easy way to start your beginner piano students - from piano keyboard sheets, scales & chords, to over 265 pages of music!
This book is a collection of
Yes - you could find all of these pages on my website, but here they are gathered in a way that is easy to access and presented in a chronological manner, at least initially.
THIS IS NOT a method book, and so starting on page 62, the repertoire is presented alphabetically, not sequentially.
The first thing I give new students is a paper keyboard to place in their notebooks.
For many weeks we work off this "keyboard", while labeling, practicing finding, and solidly learning the key names.
This one is a bit larger.
And this one has key names on each key, white or black.
The "Black Key" songs are an easy way for beginners to start to use their fingers, and to learn their finger numbers. The following black key songs are part of the larger collection in Just the Black Keys. Songs are accompanied by teacher secondos.
Hot Cross Buns, for one hand only.
Pizza, Please! is really just "Hot Cross Buns" in disguise. The words are fun to sing.
Mary Had a Little Lamb is a necessity for beginners!
This is Grieg's famous "Morning Song." Students, both boys and girls, love playing this, because it is simple but beautiful.
Teacher accompaniments such as this one show the actual notes students are playing in their black key songs. There are over 25 pieces on the black keys only, with teacher accompaniments, in the book Just the Black Keys.
A great big staff for young children
A grand staff
Treble and bass clefs
These scales help little hands learn to keep the thumbs up on the keys, and achieve that curved shape we want.
Left hand also has a sheet for scales.
Regular pentascales, with a sheet for right hand (shown), and a sheet for left hand.
It is VERY HANDY to have all these songs and worksheets located in ONE PLACE. While I was putting the book together, I kept going to my printed folder of "Songs Old & Songs New" and stealing sheets from the packet for students' lessons!
When your student attempts to play Wormies, you will know if they really understand the motion of notes up and down the staff!
Snakes are just like Wormies, but longer and SMALLER.
With Crickets, your student has to find the hidden "skips" - one additional skip per line!
Flashcards page 1
Flashcards, page 2
Flashcards, page 3, ledger line notes
Indian Dance only LOOKS hard. For beginners, let them use this version with AlphaNotes - notes with letter names inside the note heads.
This version is just the same, but doesn't fill EVERY note with a letter. It is what I call a "helper" version.
And this arrangement is for the teacher, not the student - this shows you how Indian Dance would look if the left hand were added in. I do recommend adding the left hand at week 2 or 3 of becoming acquainted with this song - it is very powerful and exciting!
The great thing about Jingle Bells is its FAMILIARITY.
Every student needs to play Mary Had a Little Lamb - it has so many uses!
The Music Alphabet has two pages:
Those were all the easiest beginner pieces of music. Now we have a list of lots of music choices!
The duet secondo part, for the teacher:
Many of the songs are folk tunes or nursery rhymes; some are hymns or Christmas carols.
A few pieces are simplified melodies from classical piano or symphonic literature, such as Edvard Grieg's "Peer Gynt" Suite, Chopin's Funeral March, and Beethoven's Theme to the 5th Symphony.
There are songs from America, Ireland, Germany, France, Scotland, Britain, and more...
Most of the songs have lyrics to sing - a definite plus for young kids!
Many of the songs have duet secondos for the teacher or another player, and most others have chord symbols above the melody like a lead sheet, to aid in making up a harmonic background, if desired.
Most of the songs will be familiar to many of you, but there are some original songs in the mix that have proven to be popular with my students, such as The Lake Pirates, Indian Dance, and Monsters Everywhere.
At the very end of the book is a copy of the cover as a plain black-and-white page, just for coloring! Many of your students will have fun with that.
All the first-year material I give my beginner students.
Piano keyboard sheets, scales, chords, note-reading exercises, and over 256 pages of music!
This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This", available as a digital download, tells 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.
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.
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!
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.
You can find out more about me and the reason for this website at my About Me page.