Traditional Kids Songs - White Sand & Grey Sand

Traditional kids songs are timeless.

White Sand & Grey Sand is a singing round from England with beautiful harmonies that your students will like for the pretty melody and the unusual round lyrics! 

Take note: I have TWO DIFFERENT VERSIONS on this page...

Round lyrics

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

Here is an adult group singing this song, apparently for the first time.  

See if you can detect their uncertainty about the 3rd note of line 3, after they split into sections:

Yes, that third note of line three is tricky to sing in harmony.  Melodically, it is very beautiful, but it clashes with the 3rd note of line two.  

The dissonance is quite charming when it resolves to the next notes, but for a tiny group of singers it may be a real challenge to hold on to that C against B! 


For that reason, I made a second arrangement for my tiny group of summer lesson singers.  The only difference is that third note in the last line - they hold onto the D through the end of the song, for best harmony.  

Soon they will be stronger, or have more numbers to support them, then we'll go back to the other version (though this one works very well):

White Sands and Grey Sands sheet music for voice

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

What are the lines coming off that penultimate note to the last cluster of notes?  

Just in case you have a large group of confident singers, they can split into two or three parts at the end.  Very satisfying.

And here is a version sung in a MINOR key, instead of major.  

Everything is the same melodically except (using my key of G arrangement as a reference) the B's will become Bb's, and the E's will become Eb's.  I haven't tried this with my singers yet, but I'm going to!

For chord accompaniment, use the I, IV, and V chords (G, C, and D in this key).  

If you change it to minor, use i, iv, and V - Gm, Cm, and D - you will keep the V chord major.



The links to the round arrangements:


Download traditional kids songs White Sand and Grey Sand, version 1


Download the round lyrics and sheet music for easier harmony White Sands








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

SingTheBibleStory.com clickable logo link

Recent Articles

  1. Irish Washerwoman Sheet Music for Piano, Easy & Energetic Solo!

    Irish Washerwoman sheet music for piano, with a swinging left hand part that adds energy to this happy-sounding melody!

    Read More

  2. In the Hall of the Mountain King Sheet Music for Intermediate Piano

    In the Hall of the Mountain King sheet music for intermediate piano students. A 3-page arrangement with energy and FIRE at the end!

    Read More

  3. Chord Inversions for Piano: An Easy Approach for Your Students

    Chord inversions for piano are one of the keys that unlocks the door to the world of classical music! This sheet will help your students master this skill.

    Read More

  4. Basic Piano Chords, Inversions, & Scales with Lettered Notes

    Basic piano chords in the keys of C & G, showing root position chords and all inversions from the root chord - plus a diatonic scale - all with lettered notes!

    Read More

  5. Folk Sheet Music Hava Nagilah, 2 Exciting EASY PIANO Versions

    Folk sheet music Hava Nagila is a beautiful minor-sounding Hebrew song. Both piano arrangements, easy & intermediate, are charged with energy!

    Read More

Songs Old & Songs New

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.

The Adventures of Tonsta, Volume 1, is a book about a young boy travelling over mountains and fjords from village to village, encountering trolls and helping folk in distress.

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

150 Rounds for singers music book

Marianne:
You are awesome. Thank you. I'm a voice and piano teacher and to have so many pieces in one place- for many different levels- is a Godsend. Thank you for the time and effort you have put in to make this so easily available to all of us stressed music teachers!!!

Deb:
... I watched your video "Wondrous Love" with your eight gals - Magnificent! So refreshing to see good harmonies sung a capella these days; it seems to be rare!

Vocal book Folk Songs for Two

Ruth:
Thanks, Dana, for your excellent customer service.

Amber:
Thank you! THANK YOU!!! For keeping the beautiful art of Opera alive! I stumbled upon this site and I'm so happy I did!

Sign up for "Take Note!" to see what's new every month.


About the Author

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.

You can find out more about me and the reason for this website at my About Me page.