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25 Free Christmas Songs for Beginner – Easy Piano

Nothing makes it feel like the holidays have arrived quite like Christmas music. If you’re ready to have your kids bring a little Christmas cheer into your home, this collection of Christmas arrangements for beginner through easy piano will do the trick. If that doesn’t make you happy, this will…. every piano sheet music arrangement on this list is free to print. So click and print away!

Print FREE Christmas Piano Sheet Music

Beginner through Level 2

These arrangements are ideal for students that are just getting started through students that have been playing for 1-2 years. Each arrangement is available in PDF format, and Mp3 recording are often available for students to listen to as they practice.

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas for Piano Solo

We Three Kings for Piano Solo

O Come, O Come Emmanuel for Piano Solo

The First Noël for Piano Solo

O Christmas Tree for Piano Solo

Good King Wenceslas for Piano Solo

Angels We Have Heard On High for Piano Solo

Go, Tell It On The Mountain for Piano Solo

Up on the Housetop for Piano Solo

Level 3 through 5

These arrangements are ideal for students that have been playing for 2+ years. Each arrangement is available in PDF format, and Mp3 recording are often available for students to listen to as they practice.

Ding Dong Merrily On High for Piano Solo (French)

Coventry Carol for Piano Solo (Old English)

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen for Piano Solo (English)

Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella Jazz Piano

O Christmas Tree for Jazz Piano

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing for Piano Solo

Dance of the Reeds (The Nutcracker) for Piano Solo

Arabian Dance (The Nutcracker) for Piano Solo

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen for Piano Solo

Twelve Days of Christmas for Piano Solo

The Holly and the Ivy for Piano Solo

Deck the Halls for Piano Solo (Welsh Air)

Here We Come A-Wassailing (English) for Piano Solo

Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful) for Piano Solo

He is Born, the Divine Christ Child for Piano Duet

O Little Town of Bethlehem for Piano Solo

 

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3 Memorable Christmas Recital Ideas

Want to make this year’s Christmas recital the most memorable yet. Give one of these ideas a try. They are sure to thrill your students and parents.

1) Invite a Special Guest

Invite Santa to attend your recital to take pictures with your students and pass out candy. In my area there’s a business called Santa Claus and Company. I booked Santa for my mom’s tea party and she loved it! The service is affordable and easy to arrange, and you’ll be providing an unforgettable moment for your students.

2) Get Parents Involved

Do you have a parent or two that plays an instrument? Ask them to play a duet with their child. It’s always great fun, and a great way to help parents create memorable moments with their kids.

3) Invite Guest Musicians

Invite a bass player and drummer to play along with a few of your piano students. Ask students if they’d be interested and pick the pieces. Find your guest artists and ask them to make a recording for your students to work with, or make a digital recoding with Finale or Band in a Box. On the morning of the recital you can ask these student to show up early for a run through. Playing live with pro players is sure to add an extra thrill to their day.

Christmas Recital Sheet Music

Need some piano sheet music ideas for your Christmas recital? Here’s a list of 25 free and paid arrangements for beginner through easy piano solo and duet.

Beginner through Level 2

Jingle Bells for Piano Solo (Pierpont)

Jingle Bells Boogie (Fling) for Piano Solo

O Come, O Come Emmanuel for Piano Solo

The First Noël for Piano Solo

O Christmas Tree for Piano Solo

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas for Piano Solo

Angels We Have Heard On High for Piano Solo

Go, Tell It On The Mountain for Piano Solo

We Three Kings for Piano Solo

Level 3-5

Carol of the Bells for Piano Solo

Silent Night (Gruber) for Piano Solo

Joy to the World for Piano Solo

Away in a Manger for Piano Solo

O Christmas Tree for Jazz Piano

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing for Piano Solo

Dance of the Reeds (The Nutcracker) for Piano Solo

Arabian Dance (The Nutcracker) for Piano Solo

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen for Piano Solo

Twelve Days of Christmas for Piano Solo

The Holly and the Ivy for Piano Solo

Deck the Halls for Piano Solo (Welsh Air)

We Wish You A Merry Christmas for Piano Solo

Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful) for Piano Solo

He is Born, the Divine Christ Child for Piano Duet

Jingle Jazz | Five Christmas Carols for Easy Piano Digital Book

 

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Music Practice Tip That Will Surprise You

Are you ready to make a change in the way you practice, and start getting incredible results?

Most of us practice too fast, and we don’t accomplish everything we could in the time we spend.

I tell my students:

“Practice slow enough to play it right the first time.”

It’s not always possible, but getting it right the first time can happen far more often if you pick the right goal (a few notes or a phrase) and the right tempo.

Try slowing things down to see what you can accomplish. Not just Quarter Note = 60 on the metronome – I mean way down. Try Eighth Note = 60.

Practicing, in part, is training muscle memory. If your fingers are only trained enough to play a phrase at a moderate tempo, they will fail at a faster tempo. If your fingers are trained perfectly at a very slow tempo, playing very fast will be easy. It just happens.

I’ve had students surprise themselves!

Give it a try.

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MakingMusicFun.net All-In-One Piano Book, Level 3 (PDF)

Looking for the perfect piano book to start your kids with? This all-in-one piano book provides students with graded music that steadily increases the challenges as they improve week by week, but never so much that they don’t feel successful. Also included are worksheets for note naming.

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MakingMusicFun.net All-In-One Piano Book for Level 3 (Digital Print)

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About This Course
The MMF! All-In-One Beginner Piano Book Level 3 is intended for students that have completed prior levels, Primer-Level 2. The songs are carefully sequenced to make sure kids are always challenged but never feel frustrated because they don’t know what to do or just can’t sound good playing the piece.

Pieces in this book are meant to be practiced in pairs. They are called partner pieces. Each piece with a partner piece will name that piece at the bottom of the page. Whatever the focus, being rhythm or patterns or meter, the partner piece will help students to drill that skill a bit more so they really learn it.

The theory resources included in this book are four Intervals! worksheets. They are intended to introduce musical intervals and drill note naming skills. Teachers should explain the worksheet during the lesson and work through part of it together. Students can complete the rest of the worksheet at home. If you need more worksheets you can print them for free on the MakingMusicFun.net website.

Contents
Introduction
Goodbye, Old Paint
Brahms’ Lullaby by Brahms
Camel Hump, Funny Bump
Fur Elise by Beethoven
Egyptian Dance by Saint-Saens
Malaguena by Lecuona
The Entertainer by Jopin
Intervals! Worksheet (2nds)
Intervals! Worksheet (3rds)
Intervals! Worksheet (4ths)
Intervals! Worksheet (5ths)
Turkey in the Straw
Maple Leaf Rag by Joplin
Wee Falorie Man
The Campbells Are Coming
Le Donna E Mobile by Verdi
Russian Folk Song by Beethoven
Oh, Susanna
Camptown Races by Foster
Musette’s Waltz (La Boeme) by Puccini
Go Down Moses
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Scales (2 Pages)
Intervals! Worksheet (2nds) – Answer Key
Intervals! Worksheet (3rds) – Answer Key
Intervals! Worksheet (4ths) – Answer Key
Intervals! Worksheet (5ths) – Answer Key
Certificate of Promotion

MakingMusicFun.net All-In-One Piano Book for Level 3 (Digital Print)

Compare to Alfred’s Basic Piano Library

The MMF All-In-One Piano Lesson Course, Level 3 is similar to the Alfred Basic Piano Library Course, offering well written arrangements that are thoughtfully created for the young player, but offers digital printing and considerable savings. The MMF All-In-One Piano Lesson Course is intended to provide study resources for students five years and up. Special attention was given to the attention span and small-sized hands of the young beginner. The pages are clean and uncluttered, with fonts and colors that are  designed to appeal to kids. The focus of the Level 1A book is to introduce new musical symbols, drill symbols that have already been introduced, and support note reading.

Interested in Learning Piano Lessons Online?

The MakingMusicFun Music Academy is one of the most affordable options for quality piano lessons for kids. In fact, at the time of this post they are offering an introductory rate of just $10/month or $100/year – almost half that of other online academies. Your subscription provides you with access to the entire collection HD quality piano lessons, piano sheet music, digital print books, and worksheets. If you sign up for the annual plan you can also participate in the MusicStars Online Music Festival, and get personalized feedback on your progress. This is a pretty special offering for an online academy.

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Pros and Cons of Online Piano Lessons for Kids

When it comes to learning things these days most of us head for the computer. Sometimes we want an article. Other times a video tutorials… and the interest in this is growing rapidly.

It used to be the only way to learn the play the piano was to have a piano teacher sitting next to you, guiding you every step of the way. With the introduction of desktop computers, tablets. and phones, traditional ways of learning are changing. To better understand whether this new method of instruction works – and if it can work for your kids – I’ve written this pros and cons post about online piano lessons for kids.

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You may have grown up taking piano lessons from some lady that you mom met in your neighborhood. She was the closest and most affordable, so that was the teacher you were given. She seated you down on a hard piano bench and made you play scale after scale, followed by some seriously boring piano music. That was bad enough, but it wasn’t over yet. You still had to practice those boring scales and music 30 minutes every day.

When you’re limited to the teacher that’s closest and most affordable you don’t always get the best teacher.

Those days are over if you’re ready to embrace online lessons for kids.

The teachers that create online lessons are typically master teachers that know how to help kids be successful and keep them interested. They are using the latest trends and teaching methods to deliver lessons that are clear and easy to understand.

Pro – Piano Lessons Are “Watch and Learn”

Piano lessons have always been a “watch and learn” experience. Whether you’re sitting next to teacher or watching your teacher online, you are observing to learn – being guided through listening and though verbal instruction.

Pro – Students Benefit Through Instant Replay

Online piano lessons really shine in the days that follow the piano lesson. With traditional instruction students only receive guidance during the lesson. Then they’re stuck trying to remember everything that was shared during the lesson. The unfortunate result is that students don’t remember everything that they were taught. Online piano lessons solve that problem, allowing the piano student to listen to the instruction every day if they want to, so that every lesson is fully understood and fully mastered.

Pro – Cost Online Piano Lessons vs. Traditional Lessons

Online piano lessons provide a substantial cost savings for families. Depending on where you are living in the USA, you may pay as much as $40 for a 30-minute lesson. That’s $160-$200 per month. Online piano lessons cost around $18 per month.

Con – Not Every Need is Met with Online Piano Lessons

Online piano lessons don’t address the individual needs of every student, and sometimes the pacing is too quick. Sometimes students need something explained in a different way.

It’s not a perfect system, but there’s much that can be learned and many families are benefiting from online piano lessons and saving big.

Are You Ready to Give Online Piano Lessons a Try?

Here are two online piano academies that are worth a look.

MakingMusicFun Music Academy – The MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy is one of the most affordable options for quality piano lessons for kids. In fact, at the time of this post they are offering an introductory rate of just $10/month or $100/year – almost half that of other online academies. Your subscription provides you with access to the entire collection HD quality piano lessons, piano sheet music, digital print books, and worksheets. If you sign up for the annual plan you can also participate in the MusicStars Online Music Festival, and get personalized feedback on your progress. This is a pretty special offering for an online academy.

Hoffman Piano Academy – The Hoffman Piano Academy is chock full of quality piano lessons and resources for kids, including HD quality piano lessons, sheet music and worksheets. The basic plan is free and the premium plan is family friendly at just $18/month or $179/year.

Summary 

Online piano lessons aren’t for everyone, but it’s pretty clear that they are providing a rich experience for many adults and kids. And they are making piano more affordable, at a fraction of the cost of traditional lessons.

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Hungarian Dance No.5 | Easy Guitar Sheet Music w/TAB

The Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms are a set of twenty-one spirited dances based on Hungarian folksongs for the most part. The set was completed in 1869. The dances range in length, from approximately one minute to five minutes. They are among Brahms’s most popular works and were the most profitable for him.

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Hungarian Dance No. 5 | Easy Guitar Sheet Music (TAB)

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About the Composer of ‘Hungarian Dance No. 5’

Johannes Brahms (May 1833 – April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor during the Romantic period. He was born in Hamburg to a Lutheran family. He spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. He is often grouped with high status composers like Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the “Three B’s” composers.

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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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