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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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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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Amazing Grace │ Easy-Intermediate Free Piano Sheet Music (3 Levels)

Teaching kids the technical basics of music is important, of course. It’s also important– and quite a bit harder– to teach students about the emotional power of music.

Some songs can have effects that go beyond the notes on the page. They can evoke emotions and tap into larger traditions and memories. Amazing Grace is certainly one such song. This beloved hymn has been a source of comfort and an expression of faith for generations.

Due to its power and popularity, this song has been recorded and arranged countless times, with all kinds of different instrumentation, styles, and moods. There are numerous arrangements for solo piano alone, and fortunately, this means that students of any skill level can be a part of the tradition. Here are just three free piano arrangements for students of various levels.

Beginner/ Easy
Even the youngest pianist can play the familiar melody of Amazing Grace. This very easy arrangement passes the melody between right and left hands and includes the lyrics of the first verse. Only in the last two measures are two notes played at a time. Otherwise, this simple arrangement consists of the melody only, one note at a time. Students can build confidence by playing a well-known and recognizable song.

Get Amazing Grace Level 1/ Easy Free Piano Sheet Music

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Easy/ Intermediate
As students advance in their skill level, the tune of Amazing Grace can be enhanced. This lovely level 3 arrangements adds arpeggios in the left hand, creating a flowing accompaniment to the melody.

Get Amazing Grace Level 3/ Early Intermediate Free Piano Sheet Music

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Intermediate
More advanced students will appreciate the full sound of this arrangement, which includes right-hand chord clusters with a moving left hand. The rich harmonies make this both a strong accompaniment for singing and a powerful stand alone piece.

Get Amazing Grace Intermediate Free Piano Sheet Music

No matter what level a students is playing at, there is a version of this spiritual favorite for them to play.

Although the melody itself if moving, much of the power of this song rests in its lyrics, famously written by a reformed British slave trader, John Newton:

Lyrics
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come.
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home. Read More…

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Free Sheet Music | 15 Easy Piano Pieces Kids Love to Play

Each piano student has their own preferences and favorite songs. Most piano teachers know, though, that some pieces are almost guaranteed hits. Maybe they are recognizable pieces that students are excited about playing, songs with a unique challenge or feature, or pieces that just sound irresistibly great. These pieces come in handy when you a student seems frustrated or lacking in enthusiasm, or when you want to reward hard-working kids with a fun assignment.

You may already have a number of these go-to favorites, but here are a few more pieces of free, easy sheet music that piano students love. You can instantly enhance your piano sheet music collection by downloading this free music in pdf format and printing. If you want to check out how the arrangement sounds, each one has an audio version you can listen to first. Students may also find this feature helpful, especially if they are not familiar with the song.

Happy Birthday for Piano Solo by Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill. Any young piano student will enjoy contributing to birthday celebrations by playing this song.

Farmer in the Dell Boogie for Piano Duet. This is a perfect first duet with a fun twist on a traditional tune. Kids always love the full sound that four hands instead of two creates.

Morning for Piano Solo by Edvard Grieg. From cartoons to commercials, this piece has become the quintessential waking up music. Kids enjoy playing a classical piece they’ve heard before, and the piece really does convey the freshness and hope of a new day.

Banana Boat Song for Piano Solo | Jamaican. Kids are drawn to music that conveys a distinctive sense of place, and this lively tropical favorite does just that.

Overture to William Tell for Piano Solo by Gioachino Antonio Rossini. This is one of those pieces that makes young students feel like serious pianists. It also has a contagious energy that even students who don’t recognize the piece appreciate.

Goodbye, Old Paint for Piano Solo | Cowboy Song. I am one of many adults who may recall playing this piece for their first piano recital. This is another piece that connects kids to a different time and place with its plodding drawl and cowboy lyrics.

Michael Finnegan for Piano Solo | Irish. It’s fun, it’s catchy, and it’s a little silly– all reasons why this Irish tune continues to delight.

Spinning Song for Piano Solo by Albert Ellmenreich. A song about spinning doesn’t sound exciting, but its steady beat, running eighth notes, and dramatic rises and falls easily make this the most interesting song about obsolete household chores around.

Maple Leaf Rag for Piano Solo by Scott Joplin. An easy introduction to Ragtime music, this piece will open the doors to a unique style that kids love to pay. (For more Ragtime favorites, try this post.)

March of the Toreadors from Carmen for Piano Solo by Georges Bizet. This big, dramatic, operatic piece captures kids’ imaginations on its own, and having them listen to an orchestral arrangement makes the piece even more exciting.

America the Beautiful for Piano Solo by Samuel A. Ward. For American students, this patriotic classic is a must. Kids like playing songs they know and that they or others can sing along to, and if they don’t yet know these lyrics, this is the time for them to learn.

Erie Canal for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo. Most kids don’t have much experience with mules or canals, but that doesn’t prevent this traditional song from being surprisingly appealing. As a bonus, it also serves as a history lesson while introducing us to a memorable mule named Sal.

Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho for Piano Solo | Spiritual. This piece captures the distincive sound of the American Spiritual, with its unique, dark harmonies and narrative lyrics.

Twelve Days of Christmas for Piano Solo | Traditional. Kids relish the opportunity to celebrate holidays with their developing musical skills, so almost any Christmas song is bound to be popular. This Christmas countdown song is especially fun, and all of the repetition encourages lots of practice.

Water Music (Theme) for Piano Solo by George Frideric Handel. This is one of the older pieces on the list, but it’s another song that makes kids feel like a proper classical musician.

While there’s no guarantee every student will love a given piece, there are some special songs that tend to become favorites, and these are just a few.

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Springtime Piano Solos | Easy Piano Sheet Music to Celebrate Spring

Spring technically arrives in March, but it usually isn’t until April that it starts to feel like the seasons have changed For those of us in northern climates especially, the arrival of spring is cause for celebration. Many composers have also found inspiration in the sights and sounds of springtime. This sheet music collection will help you and your piano students welcome spring in style. Click on any of the links below to read lyrics, listen to the arrangement, and to purchase or download free sheet music.

Little Green Frog (Galumph) for Level 1 Piano Solo. The sound of galumphing frogs is a sure sign of spring! Their calls combine with the chirps of insects to create a pleasant evening hum.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game for Level 1 Piano Solo. Springtime means baseball season is starting up again. Get in the spirit with this ballpark favorite.
Blue Bumblebee for Level 2 Piano Solo by Andrew Fling. A buzzing bee means blooming flowers. This play on “Flight of the Bumblebee” adds a fun and bluesy twist.
Song of the Bluebird for Level 2 Piano Solo by Harkins/Fling. Of course, you can’t talk about the sounds of spring without at least one mention of birds’ songs!
Spring (Four Seasons) for Level 2 Piano Solo by Vivaldi. No explanation needed!
A Tisket A Tasket for Level 2 Piano Solo. Easter baskets, May baskets, baskets of flowers…this song isn’t directly about spring, but there are plenty of connections!
It’s Raining, It’s Pouring for Level 2 Piano Solo. You can’t have spring without April showers.
Michael Row the Boat Ashore for Level 2 Piano Solo. This one might be a bit of a stretch, but no one’s rowing any boats ashore when the lakes and rivers are frozen! Getting back out on open water is an exciting part of spring and summer.
Six Little Ducks for Level 2 Piano Solo. In many areas, you are bound to see ducklings, goslings, or other baby birds emerging into the springtime sun.
Hallelujah Chorus for Level 3 Piano Solo by George Frideric Handel. If you’ve ever survived a Midwestern winter, you can confirm that this piece captures the feeling of knowing it’s over!
Country Gardens for Level 3 Piano Solo. Planting gardens and watching them begin to sprout has always been one of the great joys of spring. This English folk song dates back to the 1700s, so we know people have been appreciating gardens for centuries!
For the Beauty of the Earth for Level 3 Piano Solo by Pierpoint. Both the melody and lyrics of this song celebrate the sheer beauty of nature, which is especially visible in the spring.
Sheep May Safely Graze for Level 4 Piano Solo by J. S. Bach. This Bach classic evokes a peaceful pastoral scene, complete with contented sheep.

Some songs celebrate spring as a whole, while others focus on just one small creature or aspect of the season. In any case, introducing new easy piano sheet music that fits with the season is a fun way to keep students engaged and connect their music to the world around them.

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Ragtime Piano Sheet Music for Easy-Intermediate Solo (Digital Print)

It can be hard to describe ragtime music, but we certainly know it when we hear it. The MakingMusicFun.net Music Dictionary for Kids defines ragtime as “a syncopated form of early jazz.” The irregular, upbeat rhythm of the melodies against the steady bass made ragtime popular dance music when it was first being composed in the early 20th Century.

Anyone who plays or teaches piano should explore ragtime piano music, as the piano is recognized as the most prominent instrument in ragtime pieces. In fact, many well-known ragtime compositions were originally written for piano solo. Ragtime classics have been arranged for all difficulty levels so any piano student can find a ragtime piano solo to enjoy. As you might expect, Scott Joplin piano music dominates the list.

The Entertainer for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
The Entertainer for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo – Play and Learn™
Easy Winners for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo (Free!)
Maple Leaf Rag for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo (Free!)
Pineapple Rag for Easy/Intermediate Piano Solo
Alexander’s Ragtime Band for Intermediate/Level 4 Piano Solo (Free!)
The Bethena Rag for Intermediate Piano Solo
Nola for Intermediate Piano Solo
The Entertainer for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
The Entertainer for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo – Play and Learn™

All pieces are printable instant digital downloads. The Play and Learn™ version offers additional information and activities regarding the composer.

Ragtime piano music is undeniably fun to play and listen to, and every student should have at least one ragtime solo in their repertoire.
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Top 10 Easy/ Intermediate Piano Solos | Piano Sheet Music

The last post counted down the top ten pieces of beginner piano sheet music. As students advance, however, staples of the beginner top ten list like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “Frère Jacques” no longer provide the challenge students need. Their increasing skill level opens up a whole new world of easy and intermediate piano music options.

With so many music options available, it can be hard to know where to start when selecting music for an advanced beginner or intermediate piano student. Consider the following list of the most popular easy and intermediate piano sheet music downloads. Find out which pieces have proven to be all-time favorites, and you’re bound to find at least one piece to add to your sheet music library.

10. Clair de Lune (Debussy) | Sheet Music for Piano Solo (Intermediate/ Level 5 Piano Solo) We start on the more advanced end with Debussy’s ethereal Impressionist piece. Whether they recognize the song from the finale of Ocean’s Eleven or elsewhere, many students find the challenge of this piece well worthwhile.

9. Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin|Sheet Music for Piano   (Intermediate/ Level 3 Piano Solo) This ragtime classic contrasts sharply with the last piece on the list. Joplin’s ragtime classic is known for its syncopated, upbeat style that evokes an instant sense of time and place.

8. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik | Piano Sheet Music   (Intermediate/ Level 3 Piano Solo) This list takes a classical turn with this Mozart number. With its driving rhythm and fast-moving melody, mastering this piece makes the intermediate student feel like a concert pianist.

7. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy | Sheet Music for Piano (Digital Print) (Intermediate/ Level 3 Piano Solo) Especial popular at Christmas time, this delicate and mysterious theme delights at holiday concerts and recitals.

6. Air (Mozart) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart| Piano Sheet Music  (Easy/ Level 2 Piano Solo) Mozart makes another appearance, this time with one of the easiest selections on the list. Short, simple, and satisfying, this piece is a great way to introduce Mozart. 

5. Chopsticks | Sheet Music for Piano (Intermediate/ Level 4 Piano Solo) Though you may not think of it as a waltz, that’s exactly what Chopsticks is, and this popular intermediate arrangement brings the tune back to its waltz roots. 

4. Sonatina by Muzio Clementi | Piano Sheet Music (Easy/ Level 1 Piano Solo) This easy piece is great practice for dynamic contrast, phrasing, and passing a melody between the right and left hand. Luckily, the hummable, fast-moving melody also makes it enjoyable to play. 

3. Moonlight Sonata | Sheet Music for Piano (Intermediate/ Level 5 Piano Solo) This immortal Beethoven sonata really needs no introduction. Though the artistic challenge of bringing out the melody from the running triplets is notable, the piece’s distinctive beauty and mood make it unforgettable.

2. Canon in D | Sheet Music for Piano (Intermediate/ Level 5 Piano Solo) Like the previous piece, this canon’s place on the list is no surprise. Now an almost ubiquitous wedding march, this piece still delights piano students as the theme builds, unfolds, and extends further and further with every repetition. 

1. Für Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven| Piano Sheet Music  (Intermediate/ Level 3 Sheet Music) Topping the list as the most popular piece of intermediate piano music is Beethoven’s haunting minor key masterpiece. There’s something magical about this piece that makes students feel like they have passed to a new level of musical expression. 

As you looked through this list, chances are good that at least one of these pieces brought a smile to your face. Maybe one reminded you of a specific student who especially loved (or hated) it. Maybe you even remembered one of them as a formative piece in your own musical development. In any case, these are ten special pieces that have been and continue to be integral to the growth of intermediate piano students.

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