10 Free Music Practice Charts for Kids

With the holidays over, it’s time to help your students re-establish strong practice habits. As many New Year’s resolution articles will tell you, written tracking is a great way to encourage the development of any habit or routine. Help your students stay consistent in their practice routine with a selection of fun and easy to use free printable music practice sheets for kids. With a variety of creative designs for a different age levels and time frames, you’ll find the perfect chart to motivate each one of your students.

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14-Day Music Practice Charts

These first charts are a good fit for younger students. The two week time period doesn’t appear too daunting, and kids get a fresh start often. These practice sheets are designed to allow kids to color or add stickers to track their way to completion. Click on any of the sheets to visit the practice chart gallery and download them for your students to use.

Get Clown Color-In Practice Chart

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Sticker chart practice sheets provide a purposeful structure, giving kids a goal to complete. In this example, they lead the owl to his tree by adding a sticker along the path for every day they practice. Other designs lead a puppy to its bone or a bee to its hive.

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The Superstar Practice Chart also spans two weeks, but allows more customization than simply checking off that practice has been completed. This chart allows specific goals to be set for certain music and in other areas.

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Five-Week Music Practice Charts

Older kids can record their daily practice minutes and add them up each week on these neat, tasteful grid-style charts. Design options include flowers, piano keys, metronome, or music notes, shown below.

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Oliver the Octopus Music Theory Arcade Practice Charts

There are more skills to practice besides the instrument itself. Music theory skills, such as flash cards or scales, also need to be reviewed. This type of practice can be encouraged with a separate, designated practice sheet.

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Developing regular practice habits can be a challenge, but it’s one of the most important factors in students’ success. Give each student the tools and encouragement they need, starting with a free practice chart selected just for them. With a wide selection of free sheets, you can introduce different designs or formats throughout the year to add variety to practice time. While practice sheets can’t make your students practice, they can provide encouragement, accountability, and a feeling of accomplishment. They’ll find satisfaction in completing their practice session each day or watching their practice minutes add up, and you’ll find satisfaction in hearing their skills improve.

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Free Easy Christmas Piano Sheet Music for Kids

The Christmas season usually involves lots of full band and orchestra performances, but kids can celebrate solo, too. Harp and guitar players especially will find a selection of easy solo sheet music.

Download and Print Free Easy Christmas Piano Sheet Music

Jingle Bells Boogie: Free Solo for Beginner Band & Orchestra Students
Jingle Bells Boogie is a fun twist on a holiday favorite, perfect for kids who are enjoying their first Christmas with their instrument. A lively piano accompaniment adds energy to the jazzed-up but familiar melody. The free sheet music is available for instant download for a variety of instruments.

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Jingle Bells Boogie for Flute Solo
Jingle Bells Boogie for Clarinet Solo
Jingle Bells Boogie for Oboe Solo by Fling
Jingle Bells Boogie for Alto Saxophone Solo
Jingle Bells Boogie for Trumpet Solo
Jingle Bells Boogie  for Trombone Solo
Jingle Bells Boogie for Violin Solo
Jingle Bells Boogie for Viola Solo
Jingle Bells Boogie for Cello Solo
Jingle Bells Boogie by Pierpont/Fling for Guitar Solo

Carol of the Bells: Free Easy Solo for Orchestra and Band Students
Carol of the Bells is an exciting solo enhanced by a strong piano accompaniment. Kids will enjoy playing with contrasting dynamics as they build up to the climax.

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Carol of the Bells for Flute Solo
Carol of the Bells for Oboe Solo
Carol of the Bells for Violin Solo
Carol of the Bells for Guitar Solo

Free Christmas Music for Easy Harp Solo
Christmas is often the harp’s time to shine, as it is featured in many lullaby-like or angelic-sounding hymns and songs. Here are a few more free Christmas solos for harp.

Jingle Bells for Harp Solo by Pierpont
O Come, O Come Emmanuel for Harp Solo | Traditional
What Child is This? for Harp Solo | Traditional

Christmas Music for Easy Guitar Solo
While guitar may not be the first instrument one thinks of when it comes to Christmas, there’s plenty of opportunity for young guitar players to get into the holiday spirit! Whether accompanying a group or playing solo, kids will enjoy these Christmas guitar solos throughout the holiday season.

Jingle Bells by James Lord Pierpont for Guitar Solo
Joy to the World by Handel for Guitar Solo (Tab) (Premium)
We Wish You a Merry Christmas for Guitar Solo (Tab) (Premium)
Angels We Have Heard on High | French Carol for Jazz Guitar Solo

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Christmas Sheet Music for Kids | Easy Piano

You can never have too much great Christmas piano music! You may think you’ve got a complete collection, but each year brings exciting new Christmas arrangements for kids that will enhance your music library. Whether it’s a classic song available at a new skill level or a piece arranged for kids for the first time, you may find just the right addition among this year’s new releases. All arrangements are carefully leveled to make sure young musicians have a positive Christmas musical experience. All are printable, digital downloads available immediately.

First, let’s look at some new offerings at the beginner level. Having recognizable Christmas classics expertly arranged for new pianists is so important as kids try their hand at holiday music for the first time.

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Joy to the World for Beginner Piano

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Hark, the Herald Angels Sing for Beginner Piano

O, Christmas Tree for Beginner Piano

What Child Is This? for Beginner Piano

Beyond beginners, there is a range of new options for the 2017 season. Some, like Jingle Bells, are familiar tunes now available at new skill levels. Others are more unique selections, such as Toyland March from Babes in Toyland, Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, based on the 18th century work, or Christ was Born on Christmas Day, a lesser-known hymn.

Christ Was Born on Christmas Day for Easy/ Level 2 Piano Solo – Free-Forever

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Angels from the Realms of Glory for Easy/ Level 3 Piano Solo

Go Tell It on a Mountain for Easy/ Level 3 Piano Solo

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day for Easy/ Level 3 Piano Solo

Jingle Bells for Easy/Level 3 Piano Solo

Toyland March for Easy/ Level 4 Piano Solo

Jingle Bells for Easy/Level 5 Piano Solo

Christmas Concerto (Corelli) for Easy/ Level 5 Piano Solo

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Chanukah Music

Finally, for those celebrating Chanukah, or looking to introduce kids to songs from another tradition, here are two newly available easy Chanukah sheet music options.

I Had a Little Dreidel for Easy/ Level 2 Piano Solo

Chanukah O, Chanukah for Easy/ Level 3 Piano Solo

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Any one of these new selections could become a holiday favorite. Whether you find a new gem or go back to an old faithful, may music make your holiday season brighter and happier!

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Christmas Piano Books for Kids | Easy Piano Sheet Music

When is it okay to start listening to Christmas music? This annual conflict stirs up some strong opinions. It’s probably safe to say, however, that the answer is very soon! And, if you have students who want to celebrate the season by performing well-prepared Christmas music, the time to start practicing is now.

Christmas is all about traditions, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing new to add to your easy Christmas piano music collection. Today we’ll check out two new Christmas piano books that add a total of nine new song choices. Your easy Christmas music library could be instantly expanded!

The first book is inspired by the classic TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas. Great for young pianists, this compilation includes both beginner and easy arrangements of each piece. That means teachers can use the book for multiple age levels, and new pianists can enjoy each song at just the right level.

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Get A Charlie Brown Christmas Beginner/ Easy Piano Book

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(PDF/ Digital Print)

Contents
Fur Elise (Beethoven)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Mendelssohn)
O, Christmas Tree (Traditional)
What Child is This? (Traditional)
Kids might recognize these pieces from outside of A Charlie Brown Christmas, but recognizing their part in the beloved Christmas movie makes them even more appealing.

The second book literally jazzes up five traditional Christmas carols. Jingle Jazz is a great way to introduce students to easy jazz piano, Christmas style. By playing familiar favorites in jazz arrangements, they’ll hear melodies they know while developing an understanding of the basic stylistic elements of jazz.

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(PDF/ Digital Print)

Contents
Jingle Bells Boogie
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
Angels We Have Heard on High
Away in a Manger
O Christmas Tree
These fresh arrangements offer a fun way to add variety to the usual Christmas repertoire. For students (or teachers) looking for something different, this book may be just what you need!

Each of these books provides new opportunities to enjoy traditional Christmas pieces. Have fun sharing the joy of the holiday with every great Christmas piano arrangement!

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Thanksgiving Activities | Elementary Music Lesson Plans and Resources

With Halloween over, Thanksgiving is the next holiday on the horizon. You can get your music classroom in the holiday spirit without sacrificing learning.

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Thanksgiving (Turkey) | Free Color-by-Note Rhythm Worksheet

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This free printable worksheet reviews basic note and rest values. The key assigns a color to each note type, and students create a colorful holiday picture as they identify the correct note values.

Thanksgiving Music Listening Glyph Worksheets (Digital Print)

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Listening glyphs help your students express what they hear as they listen to a piece of music, and these glyphs let them do it with holiday spirit. One of the printable worksheets is specifically designed to be used for Vivaldi’s “Autumn,” providing a ready-to-use November activity. The download also includes a general use turkey glyph, where the listening prompts are provided, but the song choice is yours. Finally, you can create your own glyph, including prompts telling your students what they should listen for with a blank turkey glyph.

Run From The Farmer | Syncopation Lesson Plan

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This free music lesson plan uses the Thanksgiving-themed song “Run from the Farmer” to introduce the concept of syncopation. It includes an Orff orchestration and instructions for an active lesson.

Run from the Farmer | Free Orff Orchestration Sheet Music

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If all you want is the free Orff orchestration sheet music for “Run from the Farmer,” that’s available on its own. Get students clapping and playing along with this upbeat song.

Thanksgiving Music Activities: SIX Composition Activities

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There aren’t very many Thanksgiving songs, are there? Your students can change that with these six Thanksgiving Music Composition Activities from Music Teacher Resources. Recommended for grades 4-8, these activities guide students to create original Thanksgiving songs. Multiple choice measures and limited note choices provide excellent scaffolding to help even first-time composers find success.

Songs and Activities for Thanksgiving (Bundle)

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Finally, if you want lots of Thanksgiving options, check out this bundle from Aileen Miracle. Suitable for students from K-5, it includes a variety of Thanksgiving songs, a movement activity, composition lessons, and rhythm work.

Whether you want you students to work on rhythm, compose, sing, or listen thoughtfully to music, there’s a Thanksgiving music activity for you. Enjoy the holiday with your students!

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Rock Songs for Kids | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Many piano students love playing great classical pieces, and some enjoy playing traditional favorites like folk songs or hymns. Then, there are some students who just want to rock. Playing classic rock songs can add a fun and energizing element to a your students’ piano repertoire. It can be difficult, however, to find pop and rock music that is not too advanced for young pianists. To make sure your students have a successful experience, check out the arrangements below. These arrangements are ideal for kids at levels 3-4, in the easy or early intermediate range.

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House of the Rising Sun for Piano Solo | Rock/ The Animals
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Almost everyone is familiar with the Animals’ recording of this song, but they weren’t the first to record it. The tune and lyrics originated as a folk song, and multiple artists recorded versions as early as the 1930s and 1940s.

La Bamba for Piano Solo | Rock/ Ricky Valens
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La Bamba also has its roots as a folk song, but this one hails from Mexico. Like The House of the Rising Sun, it too was recorded multiple times before the most well-known version was recorded by Ritchie Valens. His high-energy, rock styling of the tune made it popular and memorable.

Rockin’ Robin for Piano Solo | Rock/Michael Jackson and Bobby Day
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The irresistible rhythm and catchy lyrics made this piece a hit twice– first when it was released by Bobby Day in 1958 and again when it was released by Michael Jackson in 1972. Much like La Bamba, this song was before your students’ time, so they may not be familiar with it, but chances are they’ll be glad you introduced them to it.

Love Me Tender for Piano Solo | Elvis Presley
This piece slows things down a bit, but a list of rock songs wouldn’t be completed without something by The King of rock. This is the simplest arrangement of those featured with a flowing bass line and clear melody. This piece also happens to be free, courtesy of the arranger and musician Gayla.

Yesterday for Piano Solo | The Beatles
Another slow classic, and another beautiful, flowing arrangement by Gayla. One of the most popular of the Beatles’ many hits, this piece by Paul McCartney is instantly recognizable. Lyrics aren’t included with this version, so make sure students listed to a recording or get a copy of them.

Piano Man for Piano Solo | Billy Joel
The narrative lyrics, singable melody, and distinctive piano part have all made this 70s hit timeless.

It will be tempting to sing along as your students enjoy these rock favorites for easy piano solo!

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Color by Note | Note Name Worksheets for Beginners

Quick note identification is essential to success in many music classes and lessons. Reinforce note names and add color to your lessons with color by note worksheets. These activities are excellent for extra practice, students who finish early, or independent work while the teacher assesses or assists other students individually. Hanging the finished products on your walls will also brighten up your classroom.

Treble clef notes can be reviewed with a five-worksheet color by note bundle from MakingMusicFun.net. The packet provides five different printable worksheets with engaging images perfect for young students. Images of the notes make up the color by number key, and note names label each section of the picture.

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Get Color-by-Note | Treble Clef Note Name Worksheet Pack

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Contents
Clown Fish Worksheet
Let’s Have a Party (Cake w/Stars) Worksheet
Ice Cream Worksheet
Circus Clown Worksheet
Bumblebee w/Beehive Worksheet

Review bass clef note names with a free color by note worksheet from DKlapp Music on Teachers Pay Teachers. On this turtle worksheet, images of the notes on the staff mark the pictures sections, and note names are used in the key.

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It’s not just young students who need to learn note names. Many teachers will find themselves teaching notes to older elementary and even middle school students, too. A color by note mandala bundle by Rebecca Raber on Teachers Pay Teachers is an excellent way for students of any age to review treble clef notes. Six different beautiful mandala designs encourage students of all ages to apply their note naming skills while creating a lovely final effect.

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Finally, to practice bass clef notes with older students, try this twist on the color by note worksheet. The images aren’t initially visible in this four-worksheet bundle by Elizabeth MaCartny on Teachers Pay Teachers. However, as students correctly identify the notes and color in the note names, pictures of Nintendo characters will begin to emerge from the grid.

 Get Color By Note – Bass Clef Nintendo Characters Bundle

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Reviewing note names doesn’t have to be all flash cards and quizzes. There are colorful ways to practice, too! Color by note worksheets are quick and easy for you to print, fun for students, and great to have on hand for any teacher who teaches note names.

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