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How Far I’ll Go – Piano Sheet Music and Free Online Lesson for Kids

How Far I’ll Go from Disney’s animated feature, Moana, is one of the most popular pieces that kids love to play right now. This post will guide you to two arrangement for the beginning student and a free online piano lesson.

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The first arrangement of How Far I’ll Go from Moana is the easiest one. It’s also the arrangement that is taught in the free online piano lesson that I’ll share later. Visit MusicNotes.com to listen to the arrangement.

How Far I’ll Go (Beginner) is available to print on MusicNotes.com.

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This next piano arrangement adds a few challenges, but is still pretty simple to learn.

How Far I’ll Go (Beginner/Easy) is available to print on MusicNotes.com.

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Ready to start learning to play, “How Far I’ll Go?”

The following free online piano lesson for How Far I’ll Go will guide you step by step. To get the most out of this lesson, pause the lesson after each phrase to work on the music that was taught. It’s best to set a goal to play each phrase perfectly three times before moving on to the next part of the lesson. Working with the lesson daily is another great practice habit, as it will remind young students what the melodies and rhythms sound like. Learning and putting into practice great practice habits like these will increase your child’s chances of learning the music perfectly and make the best use their practice time.

How Far I’ll Go | Free Online Piano Lesson from the MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy

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10 Free Online Piano Tutorials for Kids

Are you interested in having your kids learn to play the piano, but can’t swing the cost of traditional lessons that average $120 per month?

Online piano lessons offer incredible savings and a few strengths that traditional lessons don’t offer. To begin with, online lessons are often taught by experienced teachers, and sometimes scripted to be sure that every element of the lesson is thoughtfully presented. Online lessons also allow students to review what was taught every time they practice.

Now that you’re beginning to see the value of online piano lessons from the stand point of educations value, let’s take a look at the savings.

The cost of online piano lessons varies from site to site, but on average lessons will run you about $15-20 per month per child. After I share the links to the free lessons, I’ll provide you with links to a few sites that offer online lessons, along with their pricing plans.

Free Online Piano Lessons for Kids

This lesson is a great place to start. It introduces students to Middle C and their first three rhythms – Quarter Note, Half Note and Whole Note.
This lesson is a continuation of the first lesson, adding treble clef D above Middle C. It continues to drill the first three rhythms – Quarter Note, Half Note and Whole Note.
I Love Bubble Gum (Primer Lesson)
I Love Bubble Gum is a three note song that introduces treble clef E above Middle C. This lesson continues to drill the first three rhythms – Quarter Note, Half Note and Whole Note.
Five Woodpeckers (Primer Lesson)
This lesson introduces students to Solfege and identifies the piano keyboard keys.
Musical Alphabet (Primer Lesson)
This piano lesson introduces kids to the musical alphabet.
Tick Tock (Level 1A Lesson)
Tick Tock is a Level 1A song, and is ideal for students that have completed a primer lesson book. Students are expected to know treble clef notes C, D, E, F, G and bass clef notes C, D, E, F, G.  The lesson continues to drill basic rhythms: Quarter Note and Whole Note.
We Love You America (Level 1B Lesson)
We Love You America is a Level 1B lesson, though is easy enough to play by the absolute beginner. It’s a Middle C Position song that drills two basic rhythms: Quarter Note and Half Note.
Frog in the Middle (Primer Lesson)
Frog in the Middle is a very easy song with only three notes: C, E, and G. This lesson provides plenty of repetition.
This lesson talks about the good and bad ways to sit at the piano, how your arms should be positioned, and piano bench height.
I Am A Gold Lock (Level 1A Lesson)
I Am A Gold Lock introduces treble clef F, and continues to drill treble clef notes C, D, and E. Rhythms remain very simple.

Online Piano Lesson Pricing

MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy – $15 Per Month for the Whole Family

MakingMusicFun.net offers online piano lessons at the most competitive price. It’s not $15 per student. It’s $15 for the whole family. Once you sign up you have unlimited access to the piano lessons, piano sheet music, music theory worksheets and games. If you sign up for the annual plan your kids can participate in the MusicStars online festival. It’s a great way to get individualized feedback.

Hoffman Academy– $18 Per Month Per Student

Pricing goes up a bit with Hoffman Academy, but it’s still a great value. They offer a comprehensive program, including piano lessons, sheet music, and worksheets. Mr. Hoffman teaches many of the lessons, but has a team of teachers sharing their talents to help young students grow into great musicians.

FlowKey – $19.99 Per Month Per Student

FlowKey takes a different approach to online piano lessons. The first two on this list have developed a course of study for young students, so everything a student needs to know gets covered. FlowKey provides some instruction to students, but is more of a site where you learn the songs that you want to learn with a just-for-fun mindset. FlowKey might provide you with a great option for the teens in your family that are interested in learning to play the piano.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Beginner Piano Sheet Music

Are you looking for a beginner/easy piano arrangement of ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ to teach to your piano students or share with your piano teacher. If so, check out this very easy arrangement of the Christmas favorite!

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Download and Print Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

About Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a 20th century story about one of Santa’s reindeer. The story was created in 1939 by Robert Lewis May, when he was working for the Montgomery Ward department store. In the story Rudolph is depicted as the ninth and youngest reindeer on Santa’s team. In the beginning he is ridiculed for being different. However, his red nose gets Santa’s attention and Santa’s asks him to guide the sleigh on Christmas eve.

The story is currently owned by The Rudolph Company. The song featured in this piano arrangement was written by composer, Johnny Marks, for the 1964 stop-action television special. In 2014 the story of Rudolph marked its 75th anniversary, and the 50th anniversary of Rankin/Bass’s television special.

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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!

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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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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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