Category Archives: Kindergarten

New Christmas Sheet Music for Kids | Christmas Music for 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.

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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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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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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Composer of the Month Resources for the Elementary Music Classroom

A new school year means a fresh start– a chance to try new strategies, routines and materials. This year, consider featuring a composer of the month in your music classroom.  It’s an easy way to introduce your students to great composers even if you don’t have time to spend whole units getting to know them. With a little wall space for visuals and a little class time, your students will have the opportunity to meet a composer, learning basic facts about their lives and contributions.

For each of the composers below, you’ll find a bulletin board pack– a printable pdf file with a large image of the composer, fun facts about the composer, and a list of each composer’s “Greatest Hits.” The posters are designed to be clear and basic so that after a month of seeing these posters on the wall, your students will recall the key facts. You’ll also find a kid-friendly, one-page biography. To follow up any biography, you can use Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet to review the experiences and skills that shaped that composer. Additional worksheets, lesson plans and other resources are also provided for each composer to extend your study beyond the biography.

Composer of the Month: Beethoven

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Get Beethoven | Composer of the Month Bulletin Board Pack
Get Beethoven free printable biography

More Beethoven Resources:
Beethoven Word Search
Beethoven Multiplication-Connect-the-Dot
Beethoven Coloring Page
Homeschool Music Lesson Plans

Composer of the Month: John Williams

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Get John Williams | Composer of the Month Bulletin Board Pack
Get Williams free printable biography

More John Williams Resources:
John Williams | Film Score Music Listening Glyphs
Star Wars (John Williams) | Music Listening Glyph
Jurassic Park (John Williams) | Music Listening Glyph
Indiana Jones (John Williams) | Music Listening Glyph
John Williams | Word Search Worksheet
Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet
Homeschool Music Lesson Plans

Composer of the Month: Franz Joseph Hayden

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Get Haydn | Composer of the Month Bulletin Board Posters
Get Hayden free printable biography

More Hayden Resources:
Surprise Symphony | Listening Map and Lesson
Franz Joseph Haydn | Word Search Worksheet
Franz Joseph Haydn | Coloring Page
Meet the Composer Job Application | Worksheet
Surprise Symphony | Listening/Activity Lesson | Grade 2-4
Homeschool Music Lesson Plans | Franz Joseph Haydn

Composer of the Month: George Frederic Handel

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Get Handel | Composer of the Month Lesson and Bulletin Board Pack
Get Handel free printable biography

More Handel Resources:
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George Frideric Handel Word Search
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Composer of the Month: Sergei Prokoviev

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Get Prokofiev | Composer of the Month Bulletin Board Pack
Get Prokofiev free printable biography

More Prokofiev Resources:
Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev) | Music Lesson Pack
Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev) | Comic Strip Worksheet and Lesson Plan
Peter and the Wolf | Music Listening Lesson
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Sergei Prokofiev | Word Search
Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet
Peter and the Wolf FunLib™ (Prokofiev) | Story and Worksheet
Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev) | Music Lesson Pack
Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev) | Bulletin Board Pack

With these materials, introducing your elementary music class to a new composer each month will be fun and easy. Among all the exciting things they’ll learn in your class this year, they’ll meet some some of the world’s greatest composers.

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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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Noah’s Ark | Bible Songs, Piano Sheet Music, and Coloring Page

Noah’s ark is a favorite Bible story for kids. It’s not surprising, then, that the story became a favorite Bible song as well. Generations of kids have sung “Who Built the Ark” at Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and beyond. Its simple question and answer chorus and narrative verses make the song memorable, but there’s a chance you may not remember all six verses. If you want to enjoy the song with a new generation of kids, here are a few lyrics to get you started:

Who built the Ark?
Noah, Noah,
Who built the ark?
Brother Noah built the ark.

Old man Noah build the Ark,
He build it out of hickory bark.
He build it long, both wide and tall.
With plenty of room for the large and small.

Who built the Ark?
Noah, Noah,
Who built the ark?
Brother Noah built the ark.

In came the animals two by two,
Hippopotamus and kangaroo.
In came the animals three by three,
Two big cats and a bumble bee.

Get the rest of the lyrics for “Who Built the Ark?”

Kids who have loved singing the song will also love playing it on the piano. This easy/ level 2 free piano solo is approachable by even young piano students.

Get “Who Built the Ark?” for Easy/ Level 2 Piano Solo

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(2 Page PDF/ Digital Download)

“Who Built the Ark” isn’t the only Bible song based on Noah’s story. “Good Old Noah” also tells the story of animals on the ark. Sung to the tune of “Old MacDonald,” the song also brings in some of the animal-noise fun of Old MacDonald’s farm.

Good old Noah built an ark,
Like God told him to!
And on that ark he took two lions
Like God told him to!
With a roar, roar here and a roar, roar there.
Here a roar! There a roar! Everywhere a roar! roar!
Good old Noah built an ark
Like God told him to!

Good old Noah built an ark,
Like God told him to!
And on that ark he took two ducks
Like God told him to!
With a quack, quack here and a quack, quack there.
Here a quack! There a quack! Everywhere a quack! quack!
Good old Noah built an ark
Like God told him to!

Get the complete lyrics for “Good Old Noah”

Just as songs reinforce the story of Noah and his ark, so does a visual art activity like a coloring page.

Get free Noah’s Ark Coloring Page

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If you’re looking for the lyrics to more favorite Bible songs, visit MakingMusicFun.net’s Bible Song Library.

If you’d like more free printable Bible coloring sheets, check out MakingArtFun.com’s Bible Coloring Page Index.

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Orff Orchestrations for Elementary Music Students | Free Sheet Music

The Orff approach is all about getting students actively involved in the music-making process. If you aren’t familiar with it, follow this link to a summary of the Orff-Schulwerk Process.

If you are using Orff orchestrations, you know you can never have too much music or too many ideas. The free Orff orchestrations below are all instantly printable and both lyrics and an option to listen to the piece. Some include activity ideas, too.

Easy Orff Orchestrations With Classroom Activity Ideas

Shake Those ‘Simmons Down | Orff Orchestration

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Little Tommy Tiddlemouse  | Free Orff Orchestration

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Tommy Snooks | Free Orff Orchestration

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Easy Orff Orchestration Sheet Music

Engine Engine No. 9 | Free Orff Orchestration
I’m as Free a Little Bird | Free Orff Orchestration
Oh, Susanna | Free Orff Orchestration
Song of the Bluebird | Free Orff Orchestration
Tideo | Free Orff Orchestration
The Wee Little Scare | Free Orff Orchestration

Intermediate Orff Orchestration with Free Music Lesson Plan

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Run from the Farmer | Free Orff Orchestration
Run from the Farmer | Free Lesson Plan

 

Free Intermediate Orff Orchestration with Activity Idea

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Sourwood Mountain | Free Orff Orchestration

 

Intermediate Orff Orchestration Sheet Music

A Cat Came Fiddlin’ | Free Orff Orchestration
Jack Be Nimble | Free Orff Orchestration
Oh, Susanna | Free Orff Orchestration (Extended Version)
O, The Train’s Off the Track | Free Orff Orchestration
Sakura, Sakura | Free Orff Orchestration

Get students out of their seats and into the action with free Orff sheet music and classroom activities.

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