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Easy Instrumental Christmas Solos for Kids | Free Christmas Sheet Music

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.

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 Piano Books for Kids | Easy Christmas Piano Solos

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.

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 miht 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.

Get Jingle Jazz Easy Piano Book
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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 Music Activities | Elementary Music Resources and Lesson Plans

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

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.

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 | Music Note 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.

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.

Get Color By Note – Bass Clef Worksheet

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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.

Get  Color by Note Mandalas: Treble Clef Notes Bundle

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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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Free Beginner Sheet Music | Piano, Guitar and Band/Strings Solos

As the calendar turns to September, band, orchestra, and piano teachers are likely welcoming brand new musicians. It’s exciting to guide young students as they learn a new instrument– they bring fresh enthusiasm, and there are lots of accomplishments and firsts to celebrate. The role also comes with a bit of pressure, as your choices could influence whether these lessons spark lifelong musical enjoyment or turn into a short-lived pursuit.

Lots of different factors can make or break an early musical experience, and many are out of the teacher’s control. The choice of music, however, is one aspect teachers can control, and this factor can greatly impact students’ attitudes about their new instrument. Whether they are plunking away at the piano or coaxing blasts from a trumpet, they will gain great encouragement by playing songs they know and recognize. It’s important that such pieces be designed for beginners, though, as too much frustration can quickly dampen a beginner’s enthusiasm.

Below you’ll find a library of free music for beginning piano, clarinet, flute, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, and guitar. Many of these arrangements are expertly leveled for beginners, and others are leveled at easy, just a bit more advanced. so that new musicians will enjoy challenge and success. With an array of free music choices, from classics to nursery rhymes to hymns, there are plenty of options to connect kids with songs they’ll enjoy.

Free Beginner Piano Solos
Minuet in G for Piano Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Musette in D for Piano Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonatina for Piano Solo by Muzio Clementi
Trumpet Tune for Piano Solo by Jeremiah Clarke
All the Pretty Little Horses for Piano Solo | Lullaby
All Through the Night for Piano Solo | Welsh Lullaby
Amazing Grace for Piano Solo | Traditional
Au Clair de la Lune for Piano Solo | Traditional
Beriozka (The Birch Tree) for Piano Solo | Russian
Bingo for Piano Solo | Traditional
Do You Know the Muffin Man? for Piano Solo | English Rhyme
Do Your Ears Hang Low? for Piano Solo | Traditional
The Farmer in the Dell for Piano Solo | Traditional
Frère Jacques for Piano Solo | Traditional
Go Tell Aunt Rhodie for Piano Solo | Traditional
Happy Birthday for Piano Solo by Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill
Hot Cross Buns for Piano Solo | Traditional
It Is Well with My Soul for Piano Solo by Bliss/Spafford
Itsy Bitsy Spider for Piano Solo | Danish
Little Green Frog (Galumph) for Piano Solo | Traditional
London Bridge for Piano Solo | Traditional
The Old Gray Mare for Piano Solo | Traditional
Old MacDonald for Piano Solo | Traditional
On the Bridge of Avignon for Piano Solo | French
Mexican Hat Dance for Piano Solo | Traditional
Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater for Piano Solo | Traditional
Praise God from Whom All Blessing Flow for Piano Solo by Bourgeois/Ken
Row, Row, Row Your Boat for Piano Solo | Traditional
Skip to My Lou for Piano Solo | American Frontier Song
Sweetly Sings the Donkey for Piano Solo | Traditional
We Love You America for Piano Solo by Andrew Fling
Yankee Doodle for Piano Solo | Traditional

Free Beginner & Easy Flute Solos
Jingle Bells Boogie for Flute Solo by Fling (Beginner)
Ode to Joy for Flute Solo by Ludwig van Beethoven (Beginner)
Carol of the Bells for Flute Solo by Leontovych
Catch the Villain for Flute Solo by Andrew Fling
The Entertainer for Flute Solo by Scott Joplin
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for Flute Solo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Für Elise for Flute Solo by Ludwig van Beethoven
In the Hall of the Mountain King for Flute Solo by Edvard Grieg
Kerry Dance for Flute Solo | Irish Folksong
The Minstrel Boy for Flute Solo/Irish Patriotic Song
Scarborough Fair for Flute Solo/Traditional English
Triumphal March (Aida) for Flute Solo by Giuseppi Verdi

Free Beginner & Easy Clarinet Solos
Jingle Bells Boogie for Clarinet Solo by Andrew Fling (Beginner)
Ode to Joy for Clarinet Solo by Ludwig van Beethoven (Beginner)
Catch the Villain for Clarinet Solo by Andrew Fling
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for Clarinet Solo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Entertainer for Clarinet Solo by Scott Joplin
Funeral March of a Marionette for Clarinet Solo by Charles-Francois Gounod
Für Elise for Clarinet Solo by Ludwig van Beethoven
In the Hall of the Mountain King for Clarinet Solo by Edvard Grieg
The Kerry Dance for Clarinet Solo | Irish
Le Carrousel for Clarinet Solo by Andrew Fling
March Slav for Clarinet Solo by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The Minstrel Boy for Clarinet Solo | Irish Patriotic
Rondeau (Masterpiece Theater) for Clarinet Solo by Jean-Joseph Mouret
Scarborough Fair for Clarinet Solo | Traditional English
Sleeping Beauty Waltz for Clarinet Solo by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice for Clarinet Solo by Paul Dukas | Disney’s Fantasia
Triumphal March for Clarinet Solo by Giuseppi Verdi | Aida

Free Beginner & Easy Oboe Solos
Jingle Bells Boogie for Oboe Solo by Fling (Beginner)
Carol of the Bells for Oboe Solo by Leontovych
The Entertainer for Oboe Solo by Joplin

Free Beginner & Easy Saxophone Solos
Jingle Bells Boogie by Andrew Fling for Alto Saxophone Solo (Beginner)
Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven for Alto Saxophone Solo (Beginner)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for Alto Saxophone Solo
The Entertainer by Scott Joplin for Alto Saxophone Solo
Für Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven for Alto Saxophone Solo
In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg for Alto Saxophone Solo
Kerry Dance for Alto Saxophone Solo | Irish Folksong
The Minstrel Boy for Alto Saxophone Solo | Irish Patriotic
Rondeau (Masterpiece Theater) by Mouret for Alto Saxophone Solo
Scarborough Fair for Alto Saxophone Solo | English
Triumphal March (Aida) by Verdi for Alto Saxophone Solo

Free Beginner & Easy Trumpet Solos
Jingle Bells Boogie for Trumpet Solo by Andrew Fling (Beginner)
Ode to Joy for Trumpet Solo by Ludwig van Beethoven (Beginner)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for Trumpet Solo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Entertainer for Trumpet Solo by Scott Joplin
Funeral March of a Marionette for Trumpet Solo by Charles-Francois Gounod
In the Hall of the Mountain King for Trumpet Solo by Edvard Grieg
The Kerry Dance for Trumpet Solo | Irish
Le Carrousel for Trumpet Solo by Andrew Fling
The Minstrel Boy for Trumpet Solo | Irish Patriotic Song
Rondeau (Masterpiece Theater) for Trumpet Solo by Jean-Joseph Mouret
Scarborough Fair for Trumpet Solo | English Ballad
Sleeping Beauty Waltz for Trumpet Solo by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice for Trumpet Solo | Disney’s Fantasia
Triumphal March for Trumpet Solo by Giuseppi Verdi | Aida

Free Beginner & Easy Trombone Solos
Jingle Bells Boogie by Andrew Fling for Trombone Solo
Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven for Trombone Solo
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for Trombone Solo
The Entertainer by Scott Joplin for Trombone Solo
In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg for Trombone Solo
Kerry Dance for Trombone Solo | Irish Folksong
Scarborough Fair for Trombone Solo | English Ballad
Triumphal March from “Aida” by Giuseppi Verdi for Trombone Solo

Free Beginner & Easy Violin Solos
Jingle Bells Boogie by Andrew Fling for Violin Solo (Beginner)
Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven for Violin Solo
Carol of the Bells by Leontovych for Violin Solo
Catch the Villain by Andrew Fling for Violin Solo
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for Violin Solo
The Entertainer by Scott Joplin for Violin Solo
Für Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven for Violin Solo
In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Greig for Violin Solo
Kerry Dance for Violin Solo | Irish Folksong
March Slav by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky for Violin Solo
The Minstrel Boy for Violin Solo | Irish Patriotic Song
Rondeau (Masterpiece Theater) by Jean-Joseph Mouret for Violin Solo
Scarborough Fair for Violin Solo/Traditional English

Free Beginner & Easy Viola Solos
Jingle Bells Boogie for Viola Solo by Andrew Fling (Beginner)
Ode to Joy for Viola Solo by Ludwig van Beethoven (Beginner)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for Viola Solo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Entertainer for Viola Solo by Scott Joplin
Kerry Dance for Viola Solo | Irish Folksong
March Slav for Viola Solo by Tchaikovsky
Minstrel Boy for Viola Solo | Irish Patriotic Song
Scarborough Fair for Viola Solo | English Ballad

Free Beginner & Easy Cello Solos
Jingle Bells Boogie for Cello Solo by Andrew Fling (Beginner)
Ode to Joy for Cello Solo by Ludwig van Beethoven (Beginner)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for Cello Solo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Entertainer for Cello Solo by Scott Joplin
In the Hall of the Mountain King for Cello Solo by Edvard Grieg
Kerry Dance for Cello Solo | Irish Folksong
March Slav for Cello Solo by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Minstrel Boy for Cello Solo | Irish Patriotic Song
Scarborough Fair for Cello Solo | English Ballad

Free Beginner & Easy Guitar Solos
Happy Birthday by Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill for Guitar Solo (Beginner)
Jingle Bells by James Lord Pierpont for Guitar Solo (Beginner)
Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven for Guitar Solo (Beginner)
The Entertainer by Scott Joplin for Guitar Solo
Für Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven for Guitar Solo
Jingle Bells Boogie by Pierpont/Fling for Guitar Solo
Spring (Four Seasons) by Antonio Vivaldi for Guitar Solo
Sugar Plum Fairy by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky for Guitar Solo

For piano and instrumental music at different levels, scales, Christmas music, and more, visit the sheet music library at MakingMusicFun!

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Patriotic Songs for Piano | Easy Piano Sheet Music

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In the United States, Independence Day is just a few days away. Fourth of July celebrations bring fireworks, picnics, parades, and patriotism, and nothing expresses that sentiment better than traditional American patriotic songs. Whether these songs tell a story from American history or simply pay tribute to the nation, they all inspire pride and patriotism fitting for the 4th of July.

Below are links to patriotic piano sheet music for kids, ranging from level 1 to level 4, all in the easy to early intermediate range. By learning these classic American songs, kids are able to join in the celebration of their country and maybe even learn something new about its history.

Yankee Doodle isn’t the most solemn of patriotic songs. In fact, the song likely originated as an attempt to mock the colonists. The most common lyrics, which tell of Yankee Doodle riding his pony to town, depicted the colonists as simple country folk, poorly attempting to appear dignified or cultured. (“Macaroni” in these lyrics refers to a fashionable style of Italian dress.) However, in true American style, the young nation adopted with pride the song meant to poke fun at them.

Get Yankee Doodle Level 1 Piano Solo

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Just the first three notes of The Star Spangled Banner are likely to get any American on their feet. The United States’s National Anthem is a pairing of Francis Scott Key poem and, ironically, a British tune. Key penned the lyrics in 1814 as he witnessed an assault on the American Fort McHenry. His poem circulated in newspapers and was paired with the already popular melody “To Anacreon in Heaven.” It wasn’t until over 100 years later that “The Star Spangled Banner” was officially named the National Anthem of the United States.

Get Star Spangled Banner for Level 2 Piano Solo

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America the Beautiful doesn’t tell a story– instead, it describes the many beauties of the Unities States. Once again, this song originated as a poem which was soon paired with a tune. The poem was written by Katherine Bates, who was inspired by the scenery on a trip to Colorado, and the tune was composed by church organist Samuel Ward. When combined, the new song became a stirring tribute to the natural beauty of the country.

Get  America the Beautiful for Level 3 Piano Solo by Samuel A. Ward

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The Battle Hymn of the Republic arose out of a time of strife in America. The Civil War had divided the country, and in 1861, soldiers were marching off to battle to fight their own countrymen. One of the songs that developed in the Union camp was “John Brown’s Body,” a rather morbid song sung to the tune  of a folk hymn. When Julia Howe heard the soldiers singing, she was inspired to write new lyrics. When her lyrics were published, a new American tradition was born.

Get  Battle Hymn of the Republic for Level 3 Piano Solo

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Another well-known song to come out of the Civil War is When Johnny Comes Marching Home. While the tune was first heard as a Civil War drinking song, it got new dignity when Patrick Gilmore penned new lyrics. It expresses hope for the end of the war when the soldiers would arrive home to celebration.

Get When Johnny Comes Marching Home for Level 4 Piano Solo

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The country that inspired all of these songs continues to inspire new compositions as well. One of these is a simple song written for beginning piano students. We Love You America by Andrew Fling expresses patriotic sentiments to a easy-to-play melody.

We Love You America for Level 1 Piano Solo

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Have a Happy Independence Day as you celebrate with music and more!

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