Sometimes the simplest songs are the most powerful. Take, for example, “This Little Light of Mine.” The lyrics are basic and repetitive, easy enough for even the youngest Sunday school student to learn quickly. The message, though, is profound enough to affect those well beyond childhood. Whether the tune is played slowly and soulfully or with upbeat energy, it invites everyone to join in and sing along.
This versatile song has been arranged and recorded numerous times. Below is an arrangement of “This Little Light of Mine” especially for young piano students. With a clear melody, appealing harmony, and lyrics included, this free piano sheet music provides an easy-to-play arrangement with a satisfying sound.
Though it originated as a children’s Bible song in the early 20th Century, it was later adopted as a civil rights anthem during the 50s and 60s. “This Little Light of Mine” was also memorably performed on the first post-9/11 David Letterman show by the Boys’ Choir of Harlem. It has been sung in the spirit of child-like faith and fun, the spirit of determination and defiance, and the spirit of hope and healing.
Part of the song’s appeal is likely due to the versatile nature of its lyrics. The song has several verses beyond the lyrics in this sheet music, and you can click here for more “This Little Light of Mine” lyrics. Different versions throughout the years have included additional verses, as they can easily be adapted to performers’ and audience’s liking.
With their free “This Little Light of Mine” sheet music, your students can let their own light shine.
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