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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.

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Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music
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 Sheet Music
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 Sheet Music
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 Sheet Music
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 Sheet Music
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 Sheet Music
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 Sheet Music
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 Sheet Music
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 Sheet Music
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 Sheet Music
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 Sheet Music
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)
Mary Had a Little Lamb for Beginner Guitar (Notation and TAB)
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
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star for Beginner Guitar (Notation and TAB)

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Ludwig van Beethoven | Music Lesson Plans and Resources

A good composer study combines information about the subject’s life and context with analysis and appreciation of his or her music. Sometimes composer studies can become so fact-oriented that the music takes a back seat, but kids need opportunities to listen to, enjoy, and discuss a featured composer’s works. Students do need an overview of when and where a composer worked and what contributions make that composer important, though. To strike a good balance, consider how much biographical and historical information is necessary to meet your learning objectives, making sure they spend time with both the composer and their works.

Below, you will find lesson plan resources for a study of Ludwig van Beethoven that addresses both his remarkable life and his immortal music. There’s probably little need to explain why Beethoven is worth learning about, so let’s jump in to the resources.

Beethoven’s Life and Times

beethoven.jpgYou may be interested in studying Beethoven as part of a “composer of the month” program, where a new composer is featured each month. If so, the Composer of the Month Bulletin Board Pack provides a visual feature of the composer. Even if you aren’t studying Beethoven as a composer of the month, the visuals could still set the stage and enhance your study.

A simple Beethoven Biography provides an accessible one-page introduction to the composer’s life and accomplishments. If you’d like to include more in-depth study of Beethoven’s context, early life or career, this biography could provide a good starting point from which students can generate questions for further research.  Those looking to dig in deeper might also use Beethoven Research Activity Sheets from Music Teacher Resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.

To review key facts from the composers life, the Beethoven Word Search tests students’ critical reading skills. The word search doesn’t come with a word list– instead, students must determine key words from the biography and search for them to see if they are correct. Kids can also apply their knowledge of a composer’s experiences by completing the Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet.

Beethoven’s Music
The options for introducing students to Beethoven’s work are many. A number of his works appeal to kids, including his instantly recognizable Fifth Symphony, the uplifting “Ode to Joy,” or the darker “Fur Elise” or “Moonlight Sonata.” To guide students in purposeful listening, use a variety of prompts and activities.

Listening glyphs are excellent tools for guiding students as they encounter a new piece. Beethoven Listening Glyphs  from Trinity Music at TpT include glyphs for five well-known Beethoven works along with blank glyphs in case for any other of his music  you’d like to include. For more music response options, consider this Listening Worksheet Bundle, with 30 different worksheets for grade levels K-12.Beethoven Music Listening Journals  from Mrs. Krafts Music Creation also prompts kids to make record factual observations, reactions, and opinions on great Beethoven works. For something a little different, the Moving with Beethoven Bundle  from The Yellow Brick Road on TpT uses Beethoven’s music to teach and review specific musical concepts through movement.

For more inspiration, visit MakingMusicFun.net’s Beethoven Lesson Resources. It includes possible writing prompts, sheet music for easy piano and several other instruments, and other ideas for your Beethoven study. It also links to Beethoven Multiplication-Connect-the-Dot and Beethoven Coloring Page. If you take the suggestion of watching Beethoven Lives Upstairs,  you may find this Movie Guide from Teachers Pay Teachers helpful.

There are lots of great directions your lessons can go when you teach Beethoven. Enjoy the opportunity to introduce kids to this outstanding composer and his music!

If piano playing students become interested in playing Beethoven’s music themselves, arrangements of his most well-known songs are available at a variety of levels.

Print Piano Sheet Music

Beethoven | Piano Book for Easy/Intermediate Piano
Beethoven’s Fifth for Easy/Level 2 Piano Solo
Ode to Joy for Easy/Level 2 Piano Solo
Ode to Joy for Easy Piano – Play and Learn™ Series
Für Elise for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Ode to Joy Intermediate/Level 4 Piano Solo
Ode to Joy for Intermediate Piano – Play and Learn™ Series
Minuet in G for Intermediate/Level 4 Piano Solo
Moonlight Sonata for Beginner-Easy Piano Solo by Beethoven
Moonlight Sonata for Easy Piano Solo by Beethoven
Moonlight Sonata for Piano Solo by Beethoven – Play and Learn™
Ecossaise for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Pathetique Sonata for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Rage Over a Lost Penny for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor (1st Movement) Easy Piano Sheet Music

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Music Lab in the Music Classroom: 3 Reasons It’s The Best Decision You’ll Ever Make

Adding a music lab to your music classroom might be just the thing to help students review what they’ve been learning and help you achieve the main goals you have for the school year.

Send a few students to a centers table each class period to drill the concepts you really find important for this school year while you teach the rest of the class. Easy! By the end of the year your students will have visited the lab several times and be much more confident in what they learned, and you’ll be far more confident that your lessons were a smashing success!

Music lab will be the best decision you’ll ever make because:

1) Music lab helps students review what they are learning, and provides a means of assessment for the teacher.

Students might:

a) Review rhythmic values by completing worksheets

b) Listen to the music of previous listening lessons as they follow a listening map

c) Drill note names

d) Play music theory review games

 

2) Music lab will help teachers to be sure to accomplish what’s important.

Having a music lab will make the goals you want to achieve highly achievable. The tasks you assign to the students will focus on drilling the very things you find most important. With this laser-focused approach students are sure to exit your classroom at the end of the year with tangible knowledge.

 

3) Music Lab Encourages for Creativity

If you’re able to include a music composition program students will enjoy the opportunity to be creative. Morton Subotnic’s CreatingMusic.com provides educational software that lets kids make music and learn about concepts like tempo and pitch.

 

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