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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.

Free Beginner Piano Solos
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 Solos
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 Solos
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 Solos
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 Solos
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 Solos
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 Solos
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 Solos
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 Solos
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 Solos
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 Solos
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)
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

For piano and instrumental music at different levels, scales, Christmas music, and more, visit the sheet music library at MakingMusicFun!

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Printable Piano Books for Kids

Learning to play the piano used to require a trip to the nearest music store– sometimes not so nearby– and a considerable investment in piano method books. Now, music books for beginning piano and beyond are available to print instantly, and often much more affordably, than traditionally published piano books. Printable piano books offer the convenience of printable sheet music with the cohesion and progression of a lesson book. Wherever your students’ piano skill level or interests lie, there’s a printable piano book that will capture their interest and advance their skills.

Piano Books for Beginners

MMF! All-In-One Piano Primer Book for the Young Beginner (33 Page PDF/ Digital Download)

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This book is the perfect starting point for young students with no previous experience. Starting with the most basic note names and rhythms, this guide carefully builds from just one right hand note. Rhythms and dynamics remain limited so that students can build confidence as they walk through a progression of songs carefully crafted to build skills and confidence. Engaging worksheets are also interspersed with the songs to help students solidify the concepts they need to know. The short pieces and variety will keep kids eager to turn the page, and before they know it, they’ll be receiving the certificate of completion that comes at the end of the book!

MMF! All-In-One Beginner Piano Book | Level 1A  (31 Page PDF/ Digital Download)

mmf-piano-book.jpgThis piano book is also designed for beginners, but moves a bit more quickly than the previous book. This would be a great choice for slightly older beginners. Students who completed the primer could review and expand their knowledge of piano basics with this book as well. Partner pieces give students the opportunity to focus on one skill at a time, allowing them to see the same concept applied in two different contexts. Songs and worksheets are short, varied, and strategically paired and sequenced so that students experience maximum success and mastery.

 

Meet the Composer Series

As young pianists progress, they may be ready to meet classic composers sooner than you’d expect. With well-crafted arrangements, some of the greatest classical pieces can be accessible at an easy/ intermediate level. But instead of spending hours searching for the right arrangements to cobble together a collection of classics, try these ready-made printable books. Each book in the series includes a kid-friendly biography of the composer along with several of their most famous works. The arrangements are approachable for kids but retain the well-known melodies and harmonies that make these pieces so timeless and memorable.

Beethoven | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 1 (17 Page PDF/ Digital Download)
Highlights: Ode to Joy, Beethoven’s Fifth, and Moonlight Sonata.

Mozart | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 2 (22 Page PDF/ Digital Download)
Highlights: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (Theme from Ah, vous dirai-je Maman), Marriage of Figaro, and Turkish March.

Tchaikovsky | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 3 (23 Page PDF/ Digital Download)
Highlights:  March of the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Romeo and Juliet Love Theme.

Bach | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 4  (24 Page PDF/ Digital Download)
Highlights: Minuet in G, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, and Toccata in D Minor.

Special Interests

Composing and accompanying aren’t usually the first skills you’d think of teaching kids. If presented appropriately, though, they can be very approachable and enjoyable for young musicians! These books are perfect for students who might need some variety in their lessons, who like new challenges, and who show creativity or interest in improvisation. These skills can also open doors to new types of music, such as current popular music, classic rock, or worship music.

Composing with Kids | Five “Recipes” for Success

composing-with-kids-book.jpgFor some, composing comes naturally, but there are patterns and skills that can be learned. This printable book walks aspiring composers through five “recipes,” or basic sounds, explaining what musical patterns create that particular effect. Then, students are invited to use their newly acquired knowledge to generate original pieces. Composing with Kids could make a great summer activity for the right student. They may be inspired to fill the blank staff pages with their own musical masterpieces!

The Piano Chords Fun Book™ | A Beginner’s Guide to Accompanying

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The world of lead sheets, chords, and accompanying might seem overwhelming, but this book makes it easy to approach. It starts with the basics of chord naming, including a very helpful chart. Then, several basic rhythmic patterns, such as “boom-chick” are demonstrated. If kids can identify the notes in the chord and follow the pattern, they are well on their way to accompanying using lead sheets. Full of examples and practice exercises, this approach provides a balance of guidance and freedom that will both encourage more hesitant improvisers and inspire the more free-spirited.

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