Viva la musica
Round for Singing

Viva la musica is a very old round for singing. 

Find it here for treble and bass voices, for guitar, and with AlphaNotes (notes with letter names inside the heads) for voice students who don't read notes well!

Viva la musica singing round in the key of F sheet music

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

This singing round has a nice range; just an octave.  In both the keys of F and G, the notes are easily reached by most groups.

The only real musical difficulty your singers are likely to encounter is the down-turn of the melody at the end of the first phrase; it is a bit unexpected, and the jump to the following interval feels awkward at first.

Viva la musica in the key of F sheet music

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

A case could be made for additional fast-changing chords, however, I wanted to keep it simple!

The version below, with three staves, lets singers see where the other parts are when they enter.

Additionally, this arrangement is in the key of D, for singers using the bass clef (staves 2 and 3), and for tenors or altos who are accustomed to singing with the treble clef (staff 1). 

This arrangement is also offered in the key of F.

Viva la musica singing round in the key of D sheet music for lower voices, with bass clef

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

Here is the same arrangement, in the key of F, all for treble singers or parts.

Viva la musica singing round in the key of F, with 3 staffs, for treble voices

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

What is the translation of "viva la musica?"

"MUSIC LIVES!"  or possibly, "Long live music!", as in "Vive le France! - Long live France!"

Viva la musica singing round in the key of C, for guitar, with guitar tabs

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

I am eager to share this easy round with my guitar students; I think we will try finger-picking it classical style.

Michael Praetorius, to whom the "Viva la musica" song is attributed, lived a very long time ago; probably 1571 - 1621.

Though he composed primarily for the Lutheran church, his most familiar work to most people may be a compendium of delightful "dances". 

An easy-to-read version of Viva la musica with letters inside the note heads.

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

He collected and published more than three hundred of these instrumental dances and called them "Terpsichore."  (Pronounced "terp-SIK-uh-ree" - a very fun name to say.)

Terpsichore, a goddess, was one of the nine muses; her specialty was dancing!


You can read a long and engaging biography of Praetorius here...





The links for the vocal round PDFs:


Download single line arrangement in F


Download single line version in G



The links for the 3-stave versions:


Download 3-stave arrangement for men's voices in D


Download arrangement of Viva la musica for low voices in F


Download treble voice arrangement with 3 staves in F


Download version with 3 staves, treble clef, in G



The link for the guitar tabs version:


Download guitar arrangement with tablature



The link for the lettered-notes arrangement:


Download simplified arrangement with letters in the note-heads







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. 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

  2. Free Christmas Sheet Music "We Three Kings" Beginner - Intermediate

    Free Christmas sheet music "We Three Kings" - Now 6 Arrangements! From VERY EASY to intermediate, there is an arrangement suitable for your student here!

    Read More

  3. Wassail, Wassail for Piano & Voice

    Wassail, Wassail All Over the Town, now with an EASY & FUN duet arrangement for early beginners! This is a rousing, irresistible song for the Yuletide!

    Read More

  4. Free Christmas Songs for Piano, Guitar, & Leads: Deck the Halls

    Free Christmas Songs: Deck the Halls, with a new easy-to-read lead sheet! For piano, guitar, & lead instruments. Kids enjoy this energetic Christmas carol!

    Read More

  5. Thanksgiving Song Lyrics & Music - Over the River & Through the Woods

    Thanksgiving song lyrics & sheet music for Over the River & Through the Woods, an old-fashioned song kids will love to play & sing! EASY solos & duets.

    Read More

  6. Piano Party! Kids Need FUN!

    Piano Party! I decided it was time for my students to get together for some low-stress performances, some cookies, punch & company! Kids need FUN!

    Read More

  7. Thanksgiving Song "For the Beauty of the Earth", Free Downloads

    Thanksgiving song for school, church, or your own pleasure! Now with a new EASY version for piano, 2 NEW piano arrangements, plus voice & other instruments.

    Read More

  8. Hark the Herald Angels Sing Lyrics & Sheet Music

    Hark the Herald Angels Sing - an easy Middle C piano arrangement, pretty elementary & intermediate versions, & a guitar tab arrangement too!

    Read More

  9. Classical Piano Sheet Music - a Collection of Short Introductions

    Classical piano sheet music - Fun, one-page intros! Check out the newest addition - Burgmuller's "Arabesque", with its easy scale-wise melody!

    Read More

  10. Toreador Piano Sheet Music - Easy Late Elementary Arrangements!

    Toreador: Piano sheet music of this famous opera music! These energetic arrangements are EASIER than they sound.

    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

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.