Category Archives: 3rd Grade

5 American Folk Songs | Beginner and Easy Piano Sheet Music

American folk music has a rich tradition and the songs are popular with young piano students. Many traditional American folk songs sometimes trace back to Great Britain, Europe, or Africa. American folk music is considered “roots music” because it has served as the basis of musical traditions that later developed in the United States, including rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and jazz. Below you’ll find five popular American folk songs that are part of our rich American tradition. They are also winners with  young piano students.

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Skip to My Lou for Piano Solo | American Frontier Song

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Boil Them Cabbage Down for Piano Solo | American Folk Song

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Sippin’ Cider Through a Straw for Piano Solo | American Folk Song

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Turkey in the Straw for Piano Solo | American Folk Song

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Cotton-Eyed Joe for Piano Solo | American Folk Song

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Star Wars Beginner Piano Sheet Music (Digital Print)

New installments to the Star Wars saga are drawing new generations of fans to the franchise, and it’s likely that Luke, Leia, Rey, and Kylo Ren will be some of the most recognized movie characters for years to come. Nearly as recognizable as the iconic characters is the masterful music by John Williams. His work on the original trilogy gave us some of the greatest film scores ever created, and he continues to enhance the newer films with original and familiar themes.

If you know a young Star Wars fan who is a new piano student, capture their attention and motivate them with easy Star Wars piano sheet music. Playing music from their favorite film will keep them practicing hard, and the many different music selections available will allow them to work on a variety of skills. Even kids who aren’t as familiar with the films can get caught up in the drama of Williams’ music. Arrangements of Star Wars music are available for a variety of skill levels, but the selections below from musicnotes.com focus on newer piano students. These beginner and easy pieces capture the melodies and rhythms that students love in arrangements that they can successfully play.

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Star Wars Main Theme: Almost anyone could hum the victorious main theme, and it must be included in any collection of Star Wars sheet music. This first arrangement is designed for a true beginner, with only a melody line with note names labeled.

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For students with a little more experience under their belts, the next arrangement, for easy piano,  moves the melody between right and left hand and fleshes it out with one and two-note left hand accompaniment.

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The Imperial March/ Darth Vadar’s Theme: This menacing march captures the fear and dread associated with Darth Vadar. Students will almost be able to hear the villain’s heavy breath as they

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Cantina Band: This jazzy number is fun to play, and can help facilitate practice of accidentals. An easy one-note left hand allows students to focus on the unusual rhythms and sharps in the right.

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Leia’s Theme: The original trilogy was ahead of its time in introducing a strong female character like Leia, and Leia continued to display strength and leadership into the more recent films. Fans of any generation, then, should recognize her theme.

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Yoda’s Theme: It might take a true fan to recognize Yoda’s theme, which isn’t quite as well-known as the music above. With a little less fanfare, this piece strikes a more magical tone, fitting for the wise and mysterious character it embodies.

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The music of Star Wars covers a range of moods and emotion, and beginning piano students will enjoy exploring all of them.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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