2nd Grade · 3rd Grade · 4th Grade · Sheet Music

Simple Simon | Beginner Orff Arrangement Sheet Music

Simple Simon is a classic nursery rhyme which dates back to the 18th century England. The first publication of the rhyme was in an illustrated ballad chapbook in 1695. It was also the earliest reference to the character and was titled “Simple Simon’s Misfortunes and his Wife Margery’s Cruelty.” It tells about the story of Simple Simon’s adventures after the first day of his marriage with his cruel wife.

This Orff orchestration is perfect for second through fourth grade students. The parts are easy to play, and will require very little practice. Your fourth grade students may enjoy playing the melody on recorder. Click the link below to listen to the arrangement.

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Simple Simon | Beginner Orff Orchestration Sheet Music

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Lyrics for ‘Simple Simon

Simple Simon met a pieman,
Going to the fair;
Says Simple Simon to the pieman,
“Let me taste your ware.”

Says the pieman to Simple Simon,
“Show me first your penny,”
Says Simple Simon to the pieman,
“Indeed, I have not any.”

Simple Simon went a-fishing
For to catch a whale;
All the water he could find
Was in his mother’s pail!

Simple Simon went to look
If plums grew on a thistle;
He pricked his fingers very much,
Which made poor Simon whistle.

He went to catch a dicky bird,
And thought he could not fail,
Because he had a little salt,
To put upon its tail.

He went for water with a sieve,
But soon it ran all through;
And now poor Simple Simon
Bids you all adieu.

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2nd Grade · 3rd Grade · 4th Grade · Homeschool · Kindergarten · Sheet Music

Cinderella (Dressed in Yella) | Beginner Piano Sheet Music (PDF)

Cinderella (Dressed in Yella) is a popular rhyme used by kids as a skipping rope or jump rope song. The rhyme began to spread around playgrounds in 1968 after the release of the pop song “Cinderella Rockafella” by Esther and Abi Ofarim. It is possibly the most well known jump rope rhyme of all time.

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Cinderella (Dressed in Yella) | Beginner Piano Sheet Music

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Lyrics for ‘Cinderella (Dressed in Yella)’

Cinderella dressed in yella,
Went upstairs to kiss her fella.
By mistake she kissed a snake,
How many doctors will it take?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, etc.

Cinderella dressed in blue,
Went upstairs to tie her shoe,
By mistake she tied a knot,
How many knots will she make?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, etc.

Cinderella dressed in green,
Went downtown to buy a ring,
By mistake she bought a fake,
How many days before it breaks?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, etc.

The counting continues as long as the jumper doesn’t miss a jump.

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Need help learning your note names?

Most beginning piano students are still working on their note names, rhythmic values, and music terms, so I’m including a few links to helpful music theory worksheets, games, and flashcards. All of them are printable resources, and a few of them are free.

CodeBreaker! | Free Note Name Worksheet (Bass Clef)
Name That Tune! | Free Note Name Worksheet (Treble Clef)
Name That Tune! | Free Note Name Worksheet (Bass Clef)

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1st Grade · 2nd Grade · 3rd Grade · Homeschool · Sheet Music

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep | Beginner Piano Sheet Music

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep is a popular English nursery rhyme with its earliest surviving version dating back to 1731. The song has been used in popular culture as both a metaphor and an allusion. The song is sung to the variant of the French melody Ah! vous dirai-je, maman, which is similar to the Alphabet Song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. With the rhyme in trochaic metre in its single stanza, the Roud Folk Song Index classifies its lyrics and variations as number 4439. The song is said to be about the resentment towards taxes levied on the Medieval English wool trade as well as the slave trade. However, in today’s modern times, the nursery rhyme is used for educational purposes which are to teach children about life in the countryside and to imitate the sound that sheep make.

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Baa, Baa, Black Sheep | Beginner Piano Sheet Music

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Lyrics for ‘Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full!

One for the master,
One for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full.

Baa, baa, white sheep,
have you any wool?
yes sir, yes sir,
three needles full.

Need help learning your note names?

Most beginning piano students are still working on their note names, rhythmic values, and music terms, so I’m including a few links to helpful music theory worksheets, games and flashcards. All of them are printable resources, and a few of them are free.

Color That Note! | Free Note Name Worksheet | Treble Clef – C Position
Color That Note! | Free Note Name Worksheet | Bass Clef – C Position
Ready, Set, Go! | Note Name Worksheet | Treble Clef/C Position
Ready, Set, Go! | Free Note Name Worksheet Bass Clef – C Position
I Thought That I Was Crazy | Treble Clef Note Names

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5th Grade · 6th Grade · Homeschool · Sheet Music

Turkish March by Beethoven | Easy Guitar Sheet Music

Turkish March (Marcia alla Turca), is a popular classical march by German composer Ludwig van Beethoven. It’s written in the Turkish style that was popular in his time. Turkish March appears as movement four of the incidental music for a play by August von Kotzebue, The Ruins of Athens (1811). It premiered in Pest in 1812.

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Turkish March (Beethoven) | Easy Guitar Sheet Music

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Need help learning your rhythms?

Most beginning guitar students are still working learning the value of basic rhythms, so I’m including several links to helpful printable music theory worksheets, flashcards, and games. Learning rhythms will help your students feel confident, and learn the music they want to play far more quickly.

Joseph and his Coat of Many Colors | Free Color-Me-Rhythmic Worksheet
Clown Fish | Free Color-Me-Rhythmic Worksheet
Adam and Eve | Free Color-Me-Rhythmic Worksheet
It All Adds Up! | Free Music Rhythm Worksheet One (Whole/Half/Quarter)
It All Adds Up! | Free Music Rhythm Worksheet Two (Half/Quarter/Eighth)

About the Composer of ‘Turkish March’

Ludwig van Beethoven was a renowned German composer and piano player. He was born in Bonn, Germany in 1770 to parents Johann van Beethoven and Maria Magdalena Keverich. His father Johann and composer and conductor Christian Gootlob Neefe were his teachers, and both worked to enhance his musical talents. Neefe was the one who helped Beethoven publish his first piece of music.

Ludwig van Beethoven’s most popular pieces are his Fifth Symphony, Für Elise for piano solo, and his Ninth Symphony, which includes the melody, Ode to Joy. He is remembered as an important composer in the transitional period between the Classical Era and Romantic Era in music, and continues to be one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.

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1st Grade · 2nd Grade · 3rd Grade · 4th Grade · Music Worksheets

Princess Color-by-Note Music Theory Worksheets (PDF)

Want to make learning note names and rhythms fun for you and your students?

These printable color-by-note and color-by-rhythm worksheets are great fun for music teachers and students. Students get to show their creative and artistic side while learning about clef notes, simple rhythms and rests.

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Princess Color-by-Note | Music Theory Worksheets

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Product Description

With this set of six professionally designed princess-themed worksheets, learning about note names and rhythms have never been this fun and colorful. Choose a space to color, identify the note or rhythm, reference the chart at the bottom of the page to find out which crayon you need, and start coloring.

Product Contents

4 Color-by-Note Worksheets (Emma, Olivia, Ava, and Isabella)
2 Color-by-Rhythm Worksheets (Sophia and Charlotte)
About Worksheets

Note to Teachers and Parents

The Emma and Olivia color-by-note worksheets and the Sophia color-by-rhythm worksheet is the best worksheets to use when teaching beginning students about notes and rhythms. These worksheets help students learn and drill treble clef notes B3-G4 and bass clef notes B2-G3, and drill simple rhythms and rests, including the whole note, half note, quarter note, whole rest, half rest, and quarter rest.

For advancing students, the first set of worksheets offers them the chance to review. They can then further develop their note name and rhythm recognition skills with the Ava and Isabella worksheets. The Ava and Isabella note name worksheets expand note reading drill to include treble clef notes A4-F5 and other assorted bass clef notes. The Charlotte rhythms and rests worksheet continues drilling the quarter note, half rest, and quarter rest, and adds the dotted half note, eighth note, and eighth rest.

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5th Grade · 6th Grade · Homeschool · Music Worksheets · Sheet Music

The Place Where Lost Things Go (Mary Poppins Returns) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

The Place Where Lost Things Go is performed by Emily Blunt who plays the umbrella toting English nanny in the Disney movie, Mary Poppins Returns. The film is an American musical fantasy directed by Rob Marshall, starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Firth, Dick van Dyke, and Meryl Streep. The plot for this sequel to the 1964 film, Mary Poppins, focuses on bank teller, Michael Banks, when he learns that his home will be repossessed by the bank unless he can repay the loan in five days. Just when all hope is lost Mary Poppins returns to save the day. The film has earned $174.5 million worldwide and received numerous award nominations, including four Golden Globe nominations and nine Critics’ Choice nominations.

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About the Composer of ‘The Place Where Lost Things Go’

‘The Place Where Lost Things Go’ was composed by Marc Shaiman. Shaiman is an American composer and lyricist for TV shows and movie scores. He is best known for his collaborations with lyricist and director, Scott Wittman.

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7 Easy Tips for Reading Guitar Chord Charts

You don’t need to learn to all the ins and outs of music notation to play the guitar, but you should learn to read guitar chord charts. A guitar chord chart, also known as a guitar chord diagram, is a visual representation of a chord. They show you which finger goes where and on what string to place them. Once you learn what the lines, number and circles mean guitar chord charts will be a breeze.

Here are 10 things you’ll need to know to start reading guitar chord charts.

Visualization

The grid you see on chord charts contains six vertical and five horizontal lines. They represent the guitar fretboard. If you’re are having trouble visualizing this, hold the guitar in front of you so that the strings are facing you. When you do you’ll see that the chart represents the same view that you now have of your guitar, with the strings running vertically and the frets running horizontally.

Vertical Lines

The vertical lines on the diagram represent the six strings on the guitar. The leftmost line represents the sixth string – the low E string. It’s the thickest one. It’s followed by A, D,G, and B. The thinnest string that’s furthest to the right is the high E string.

Horizontal Lines

The horizontal lines shown on the chart represent the metal frets on the guitar. The first row of boxes represent the first fret, the second row represents the second fret, and so on.

Chord Name

The letters placed above a diagram represent the chord. As a beginner, you will most likely be playing major and minor chords, without all the fancy chord extensions.

Black Dots

The dots on the chord chart shows which fret to press down on and which string to place your fingers on to play a certain chord. Sometimes numbers are added. These numbers correspond to the four fingers of your fretting hand. Fingers on your left hand are numbered from 1 to 4, with #1 being the index finger, #2 being the middle finger, #3 being the ring finger, and #4 being your pinky. A T indicates that your Thumb should be used.

X’s and O’s

An “X” above the bolded nut mark means that you shouldn’t pick or strum a certain string. An “O” means to play the string open.

Barre Symbol

Barre chords are chords that use only one finger to hold down multiple strings simultaneously – usually the index finger. The symbol for barre chords is a curved or solid line placed above the nut or running through a fret from the first note to the last note.

Ready to start expanding your knowledge of chords? Here’s a link to a great chord chart for beginners.

Beginner Guitar Chord Chart

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