This is a very popular piece with new students.Indian Dance (composed by yours truly) is one of my beginning piano students' favorite songs to play. Download Indian Dance with Alphanotes - easy piano sheet music with lettered notes (not shown here)Download Indian Dance Alphanotes Helper version (just a few lettered notes)What?
Expect them to forget your instructions!Of course, just because you carefully draw the finger numbers into the keyboard chart and have them locate the hand position on the keyboard doesn't mean they will remember to do this when they get home!
Download printable music for Indian Dance with left hand When is it appropriate to give this piece to beginners?Usually I introduce this piece to slightly older or extra talented children in the first five weeks of lessons.
But some students can grasp these concepts right awayVery occasionally, with an older or very precocious beginner, I will give this piece to a student on his or her second lesson.
Do you have a funny story about this music, or does it remind you of something you'd like to share with other readers? As soon as they've learned staccato, give your young students this music about pecking chickens. This piano music for beginners is fun to sightread in a partner lesson, with students' hands butting right up against each other at Middle C. Free kids' sheet music Star of the County Down beginner piano It looks very simple, but after kids have learned the melody of Star of the County Down, we don't leave it there. Beginner piano sheet music with chord symbols Then I tell them to play TWO chords per measure. Then I say, "Okay, now we're going to play chords with both hands--Left, Right, Left, Right." This is REALLY fun. All of these changes are notated for them with only slash marks and the letters "L R L R" for left and right hands. Miggy, United Kingdom:I've just found your website and I think I've died and gone to heaven.
Cheri in Vancouver, BC:I was looking for sheet music for She Moves Thru the Fair since I'm beginning both mandolin and uke. Elania:I have been slowly giving my oldest daughter whatever my memory can dredge up, scouring the internet for free music she can do, but your website with its instructions AND tips on how to teach pieces are going to help me SO much in this endeavor. Jingle Bells sheet music is one of those need-to-know pieces for beginner piano players.This free sheet has so many things going for it, both for the student, and from the perspective of the teacher! Why is this such a great song for beginners?First of all, Jingle Bells is such a familiar tune, that even when it is not the Christmas season, little kids are often very excited to learn it. Download Christmas song with chord symbols for beginner piano studentsBut there's no left hand!I want my students to learn early on how to read chord symbols, so they can play lead sheets. The very easiest way to add LHThe first week or so, if they already have the experience of putting LH chords to a RH melody, you might suggest that they use just a C chord the whole song, with no chord change, as in Indian Dance. Students sometimes think there are different Middle C's for each handI have found that most young kids need A LOT of reminding that "Middle C" is the same place on the piano for both hands. Download piano music for beginners "Dueling C's" Finding the starting notes is the hardest part of playing a song for many beginnersFrequently when students begin a song around Middle C, they'll hunt visually then settle the hands an octave apart! Please note that all comments are moderated, and will not appear until I have approved them. Free Christmas songs (four versions) Deck the Halls -- give your students this well-known, beloved Christmas carol! Download Deck the Halls for beginners in Middle C positionAs I have done with many beginner songs, I have doubled the note values so there are no tricky eighth notes for beginner piano students in two of the arrangements. I recommend saving this song until after you and your student have spent some time working with cadences - the I, IV, and V chords - found on my free sheets on the page 12 Major Scales.


Download Christmas piano sheet music with eighth notesThis arrangement really is fun to play, and pretty easy (if you have an understanding of chords).
Guitar tabs for Deck the Halls in C, low melody versionOne thing to be noted with the super-quick chord changes from C to G7, back and forth: this works well on the piano in Deck the Halls, but is NOT so effective on the guitar.
Ode to Joy, now with an arrangement offering a challenging and interesting set of left hand chords for students in their second year! This is one of Beethoven's most recognized and beloved melodies.
Download easy piano sheet music for Ode to JoyIt is just possible your student has heard the song sung by a quartet at the end of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
Free Beethoven printable piano music ALMOST easiest version Download piano music with letters Ode to Joy, the EASIEST version (not shown)With only minimal fingering, kids read this song just like "Snakes," except I warn them that there are some skips hiding in some of the measures.
This is the kind of accompaniment I might make - FOR ME, THE TEACHER!Then we switch places, and I have them try C and G open chords all the way through, striking the chord on beat 1 only. Why Don't You Put Names Over the Notes? You should put the notes names above the notes. Why should we not write the letters in? Some of the time beginners will struggle to play the notes. Thank you! This site was great it helped me get lots of sheet music for the summer while I'm off of piano lessons :) Thank You soooo much!!!!
Thank You for Age-Appropriate Sheetmusic I just wanted to say what a relief it is to find a resource that isn't smothered with baby pictures. My piano student heard me play the first part (of the Pachelbel Canon) and immediately wanted to play it (and it was realistically achievable for her). It satisfies the need for repetition, and for a loud LH (left hand) part they can really bang on the piano!Just kidding.
This piece is not really about reading notes, but about observing patterns, watching finger numbers, counting steadily, and coordinating the hands.Have fun! It began with some local fiddlers playing it at a few recitals about town, then I wrote it up for my pianists in several versions, and now it just won't go away. Now and then a very careful student (generally a teenager) will want me to write out an example of the first few chords, and then they're happy. I wait until they are comfortable and able to keep the tempo up, then I say, "Now I want you to make an introduction for the song! They called their new version of the song, with its new words, Star of the Slippery Dock, and made a video of it.
Tell them the song will sound prettier if they play it up high on the piano, so that it does sound "more like bells".
I've already printed several for my children, including the Pretty Little Horses TAB and Carol of the Bells for piano.
For all the reasons you explain on the site itself--this is exactly what piano teachers need!
Sometimes they'll do just fine until they finish their Primer Method book, then once their hands are no longer customarily playing in that Middle C "position," they want to play Left Hand Middle C down an octave, so their hands maintain a space between! Also, IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR MUSIC THAT IS NOT IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN, YOUR REQUEST WILL BE IGNORED. This has guitar tabs (bottom of the page), a lead sheet, two versions with left hand chords for early intermediate piano students, and the original easy version in Middle C position.
Beginners will start off playing it slowly, but the counting won't be a problem, and they will pick up speed.Below is a lively arrangement which makes use of left hand chords and chord inversions. It DEFINITELY sounds better with both hands played up an octave; I tell my students it also sounds more "Christmas-y", like bells.


I have found all the information you have posted and your comments immensely helpful, and I am grateful for your posting it.
As I said, not until the melody is well in hand.I've had kids play the chord accompaniment different ways in this piece, but always starting it as a duet with them on the melody and me on the chords -- BIG chords. Changing chords may be a little slow at first, but this student will have been playing the C, F, and G chords of the 12-Bar-Blues for at least a few weeks or months by now.
I point out to them that they can change from C to G and back to C again without even looking at their hand, if they "sneak" through the g key, using it as a landmark."Close your eyes and try it," I tell them, and now it becomes a challenge.
I am a piano teacher in New Orleans, LA and in the process of putting together my own curriculum and recordings. On some of my free sheets, I have written "For Use by Private Music Teachers" down by the Copyright notice, but I really intend them to be for the use of all teachers and students alike. Younger kids will plunge right in, although they may also forget how to do it the first week at home! Although in my opinion they should have spent MUCH more time rehearsing (!!!) they still won first place in their category, and garnered several prizes for their classroom, including $500.00!
Then add the secondary chordsAfter a week or so like this, you can start adding in the "G pinch" chord (the G7 made with the f & g, using the 2 &1 fingers of the left hand) and the "little F" chord (f & a, again with the 2 & 1 fingers of the left hand). If your students have spent any time doing chords and inversions, this arrangement may just fall into their hands very easily.
That way,we can add chords in a few weeks or months when the melody is very strong.With chords, Ode to Joy can be dressed up for a duet, or returned to later when they have gained more skill and their hands are more independent. It's good for them to feel the majesty of this piece and to learn to feel comfortable with all the sounds happening while they strive to keep the melody going rhythmically.
They love a challenge!Then we go through the whole piece, with me on the melody and them on the chords, left handonly, swapping back and forth from C to G to C. That's because "A," the first note, won't show up in their lesson books, usually, for a very long time.
It is such a gift, for so many reasons!I have been slowly giving my oldest daughter whatever my memory can dredge up, scouring the internet for free music she can do, but your website with its instructions AND tips on how to teach pieces are going to help me SO much in this endeavor. This is an important skill to learn, this sense of musical impetus or urgency, and any musician who plays in a group needs to figure out how to make it happen. So, depending on their familiarity with chords, you might be better off with a plain sheet.
The G pinch chord is easy, especially after playing Mary Had a Little Lamb, but beginners have a hard time with the Little F chord, because it necessitates the stretch of the thumb. I also live in the middle of nowhere so buying from a shop is not really an option unless I fancy a 120 mile round trip for a piece of sheet music! Or, start in the very first week asking THEM to play the chords for YOUR right-hand melody. Sometimes, after a struggle, I just let young pianists substitute the G7 chord for the F chords, and we come back to the F chord later.Have fun with this well-loved Christmas music!



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