Yellow Rose of Texas, in 2 arrangements for your music students.
Download this piano sheet music - free, printable PDFs in 2 levels! I loved this cowboy song when I was a kid.
The Middle C version of Yellow Rose of Texas (scroll down the page for the free downloadable PDF link):
Please scroll down the page for the free downloadable PDF links
Here's a nice and surprisingly energetic rendition of this cowboy piano music for beginners, making it sound like a military march. I'll bet it makes you smile:
The "Middle C" arrangement of Yellow Rose of Texas may seem tricky at first.
First of all, it isn't truly a Middle C song - the thumbs do NOT share the C note or ANY note, and the right hand thumb is actually on a black note, C sharp!
Both hands also place fingers 4 on black notes, F sharp.
Oh no! But your students can handle it, if you go slowly enough, and if they like this song enough.
This arrangement of Yellow Rose of Texas is for early intermediate piano, in 2 keys:
There is a FAST finger replacement suggestion in line one, which happens again at the end of line two.
Your student will end up with their own fingering eventually (!) but you can try this fingering with them.
Good preparation would be to place finger 5 on the note and quickly slide to 3 -- over and over again.
In the key of Bb this fingering will be harder, because the pinky finger (5) just does not like black notes.
Notice that there are small changes to the left hand pattern - they may slip past your student if you don't prepare them for these spots.
In measure 8, I've placed the 4 finger as an alert to the new note; in measure 9 the pattern stops for one beat.
Aside from the general issue of hand coordination, the only potentially difficult place for the left hand comes at the penultimate (next-to-last) measure, where the pattern is broken.
Note that this bass chord pattern is really the same as students may have met with in a much easier song, Cowboy Song, where the pattern is "swung".
There's something about this stretched, loping sound that evokes the image of a horse trotting along with a cowboy on its back!
The links for the piano music:
Download free piano sheet for beginners Yellow Rose of Texas
Download free piano sheets online Yellow Rose of Texas in Bb
Piano sheet music free, printable Yellow Rose of Texas in C
Check out a fancy version of the Pachelbel Canon that even elementary students can play!
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!
What a fabulous website! I've been a keen amateur piano player since I first learnt 56 years ago at the age of 8.
I now have a three year old granddaughter and am hoping fervently that she'll want to learn - at which point I'll teach her. This is just the kind of resource I'll need to make it comprehensible. Thank you very much.
Kim in Washington:
My son is hooked...I've been introducing piano to my son on and off for a year or so, but he's not had much interest. Then I gave him "Monsters Everywhere". He loved playing it with the organ sound on our piano. He memorized it that week and I'm printing off the other Halloween songs to keep him going. I love the detailed instructions on teaching since he is my first student! Thanks so much.
That is so neat that your son has experienced the magic and mystery of music through this little song. That is so exciting to me! Thanks for writing, Kim!
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.