Titanic Music -
My Heart Will Go On
"Titanic music" from Titanic the movie, arranged not just for intermediate piano, but now, also late elementary and beginner piano!
Just in time to send off your students with something pretty to work on over the summer... one of these arrangements is sure to work for your student.
My Heart Will Go On for beginners:
The Titanic music by James Horner is copyrighted, so unlike most of the music on my site, these arrangements are not free. But you can get them at SheetMusicPlus!
Being as this is copyrighted music, I cannot show you all the music. These images are just the top half of page one for each of the arrangements.
The arrangement above is available here.
AlphaNotes help with the unfamiliar low notes
Students can play music a lot sooner than they can read it, generally. Though the left hand moves slowly, the arrangement is still very pretty! If a big brother or sister is playing Titanic, their little brother or sister is VERY LIKELY to ask for it too (true story). Listen to a video:
Late elementary pianists can use fancier chords
Here, the right hand is very similar to the beginning version, but now we have a challenge of hand coordination. On the page Mary Had a Little Lamb you can see how I like to teach this left hand pattern to students in transition to fancier left hand work.
Find this arrangement at SheetMusicPlus.
The intermediate arrangement - lots of sharps
Not too easy, but very lovely! Though the intermediate arrangement is full-sounding, it does not stray too far away from the middle of the piano, and fits nicely into the hands with no sudden leaps up or down the piano.
With lots of repetition in the left and right hand chord patterns, there is just enough variation to keep the left and right hand parts fresh-sounding.
There is lots of helpful fingering throughout the piece.
Both left and right hands make use of a stretched broken chord pattern I call the "broken chord stretch." With my students, we build up from the most basic of chord patterns to harder patterns that require more hand coordination.
At my "Mary Had a Little Lamb" page, you can see that metamorphosis.
Prepare your students for the key of E
There are lots of sharps in the intermediate level of My Heart Will Go On! If kids haven't yet played in the key of E, they need a bit of preparation, in my opinion.
We start early, by transposing beginner songs (such as Mary Had a Little Lamb, or Snake Charmer, or Twinkle) into all the many keys, adding chords.
Sing the words?
The Titanic song DOES have lyrics, (girls will frequently sing them as they play the piano notes - so far I haven't detected any boys singing along!) but I have not included the lyrics in the intermediate arrangement - only in the beginner and late elementary versions.
If you are listening carefully to the video above, you'll notice that the beginning chord patterns are played again at the end of the song - with just one or two twists.
Arranging this intermediate arrangement was a joint venture between me and one of my sisters. She has a very keen ear, whereas I have the music software!
Years ago when she was listening, listening, LISTENING to this lovely song in an attempt to get the notes just right, her young daughter expressed her weariness, "Mommy, can you PLEEZE stop playing that song???"
Oh, the hard life of a musician's family!
Links to the three arrangements at SheetMusicPlus:
The easiest arrangement of Titanic, with a few lettered notes
The late elementary/early intermediate arrangement of Titanic
The intermediate version of My Heart Will Go On, in the key of E
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About the Author
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.