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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
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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
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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
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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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Music Memories | Year-End Reflection Worksheets for Music Students

Reflection is an important part of learning for both students and teachers. Students are often so busy looking ahead to the next class, project, or assignment that they don’t take time to look back at all they’ve accomplished. Guided reflection can help them see how far they have come and prompt them to review everything a music class has taught them.

When students reflect, teachers see what activities, concepts, and songs stuck with students most. It can also be encouraging to see the memories and lessons that students will carry with them when they walk out of your classroom.

Music Memories printables from Lindsay Jervis on Teachers Pay Teachers can help facilitate valuable end-of-the-year reflection in style.

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Her affordable bundle includes 21 different printable, editable worksheets with reflection prompts. Some are grade-level specific, some are not, and there are two text-free templates that you can completely customize. The attractive designs are perfect for students to color and decorate, and the finished worksheets make a wonderful display for the last few weeks of school.

Some sheets include several short writing prompts, others mix in drawing prompts, and some focus on a single larger writing or drawing prompt. Some of the fun and thought provoking questions include the following:

My favorite song we learned this year was…
If I were a music teacher for a day…
Next year in music, I hope we…
I learned the rhythm…
Some ways music will be part of my life…

Although these are designed for classroom music teachers, those who teach group instrumental or vocal music or even private lessons could easily customize them for their purposes, too. Whether you’re saying goodbye to your students for a summer or for longer, both you and your students can end on a positive note by celebrating the memories you’ve made.

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Free Music Award Certificates

As the calendar turns to May, the end of the school year is in sight for many music educators. With the conclusion of an academic year comes the opportunity to recognize students’ accomplishments and contributions throughout the year. Whether in a classroom setting, private lessons, or  even homeschool setting, year-end awards leave kids feeling great about their growth, and maybe even motivated to put in some extra practice over the summer.

The library of free printable music award certificates at MakingMusicFun.net makes it easy to prepare attractive and meaningful awards for your students. With over 30 different colorful certificate designs, you can find a style that is just right for your kids, or even choose a variety of styles so that each one is unique. Many certificates allow you to fill in the reason for the award. The certificates below, for example include a “presented to” blank followed by a “for” or a “has” blank, so you can customize the award as you like.

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Other certificates are designated for band, orchestra,  or choir, and there’s even a recorder award! A promotion certificate is also available to mark a transition to a new level of any sort.

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Click on any certificate above to view and print, or view the whole collection of free music award certificates here. Print in color on heavy paper or card stock for highest quality appearance.

Need some ideas for year-end awards beyond participation or completion? Here are a couple of approaches to help you honor your students’ work. These might take some time, but could make a big difference to your kids.

Recognize Character Traits. Music tends to both reveal and build character. Consider calling out the unique traits you have seen your students display. Awards might include perseverance, diligence, reliability, encouragement, creativity, helpfulness, initiative, leadership, inclusiveness, and many more.

Award Specific Musical Skills. Take note of the musical contributions each student made in a group setting or recognize specific areas of excellence for students’ individual playing. Kids find a specific compliment much more meaningful than a general “good job.” For example, you might recognize technical proficiency, musicality, expressiveness, accuracy, range, rhythm, fingering, tone, or other skills specific to the musical setting. Improvement in any of these areas can be pointed out, too.

However you choose to award your students, they will appreciate their hard work and improvement being recognized. Create a scrapbook-worthy certificate that will help them take pride in how far they’ve come and encourage them to keep on improving.

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Creative Movement Activities for Spring | Music Lesson

Want a creative way to practice rhythms and incorporate movement activities into your classroom? These activities are full of drama, movement and rhythm activities for your PreK through 2nd grade students.

Get: Sing Play Creatively Resource: Activity Song: “Funny Little Bunny”  and “Shake Your Egg”

FUNNY BUNNYStudents will love hopping, running, munching and hiding with the “Funny Little Bunny” and writing their own verses. Music Rhythm lesson included. Best for Pre-K through 2nd grade.
USE FOR:
Spring Program/Concert
Brain Break
Creative Movement Activity
Not only will the “Funny Little Bunny”  get your kids hopping, and learning about gardens, but they’ll be dancing and dramatizing to the four verses and more when you help them create their own lyrics to this bluesy tune.
“Bunny is so funny and he likes it when it’s sunny.”
RESOURCE INCLUDES:
MOVIE!
Directions for all FOUR activities
Lyrics to the song
Vocal and Accompaniment MP3 tracks
PDF for printing or projecting
Sheet music
Use the different activities over 3-4 class periods along with some of your other favorite spring lessons.
“HOP” to it…this is a sure fire winner for all kids Pre-K to 2nd grade.

SHAKE YOUR EGG

“SHAKE YOUR EGG” will give students opportunities to reinforce Colors and playing instrument fun. It comes with Sheet music, Mp3 Tracks of vocal and accompaniment tracks and now a Video for easy classroom use. Notation writing activities include: notes on the lines, spaces and staff, create a musical Easter Egg Character.

One thing I like to do is to have the students grouped by “egg” color and when it’s their turn, they stand up. This helps them remember their colors and gives them visual and active opportunities for learning.  If you have a smaller group, you can give each student one of the colors too! That way they can play for the whole song. You’ll be able to assess if they know their colors after singing this song.

Spring is a great time to get students moving. Incorporating learning opportunities with movement is an effective way and fun way to keep students engaged and learning throughout the school year.

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Free Elementary Music Lesson Plan Template

Do you want to streamline your lesson planning process while still ensuring your music lessons are thorough, focused, and meet national standards? A well-designed lesson plan template can help you do just that.

Get Free Elementary Music Lesson Plan Template from Teachers Pay Teachers

Elementary Music Lesson Plan Template

7 Page Microsoft Word Document (Download)

With clearly labeled sections, you won’t overlook any necessary lesson parts, and you can approach each lesson with a strong sense of purpose. Not only does this template help you organize your thoughts as you approach each lesson, but it also helps you effectively communicate your plans to administration, fellow teachers, or substitute teachers.

Because this template is provided in Microsoft Word, you can adapt and customize it to your liking and then type lesson plans directly into the template. Other elementary music teachers have given this template four stars and have appreciated the organization it lends to their planning process. Those with many different elementary grade levels and sections find it especially helpful. Make lesson planning more approachable and effective with this free lesson plan template.

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