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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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10 Nursery Rhymes for Guitar | Free Sheet Music

The rhythm and rhyme of traditional nursery rhymes make them great singalongs for young children. The simple, familiar melodies also make excellent easy pieces for kids learning to play guitar. Whether you’re leading a chorus of kindergartners or teaching a young guitarist, this free nursery rhyme sheet music for guitar can help. A lead-sheet format is used, with a melody line on the staff and chord notations above. Each one also comes with lyrics, and many include several verses. Finally, each one of these free nursery rhyme lead sheets for guitar can be instantly downloaded and printed for free.

Aiken Drum | Music, Lyrics and Guitar Chords
Hickory Dickory Dock | Music, Lyrics and Guitar Chords
Hey Diddle Diddle | Music, Lyrics and Guitar Chords
Hush Little Baby | Music, Lyrics and Guitar Chords
Itsy Bitsy Spider | Music, Lyrics and Guitar Chords
Mary Had a Little Lamb |Music, Lyrics (one verse) and guitar chords
Old King Cole | Music, Lyrics and Guitar Chords
Old MacDonald | Music, Lyrics and Guitar Chords
Row, Row, Row, Your Boat |Beginner Music with G Chord and Lyrics
This Old Man Music, Lyrics and Guitar Chords

Enjoy the addition of these classic nursery rhymes to your guitar sheet music library!

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Five Free Sheet Music Websites for Kids

There’s a lot of free sheet music available online, but it can be hard to find exactly what you need. You may run into poor-quality music, sites that don’t respect copyright laws, sites with hidden charges, or sites that are just plain frustrating to navigate. That’s why having a few trustworthy sheet music websites is important. Music teachers need to be able to find what they need quickly and to trust the quality and integrity of the music they assign their students. Students need websites that are safe and easy to use, with clear indicators of what pieces are fitting for their skill level.

This collection of websites all feature a significant amount of free piano sheet music, and some offer free sheet music for other instruments as well. One or more of these sites could become your go-to printable sheet music website.

  1. MakingMusicFun.net. This site offers an extensive variety of free sheet music for piano and numerous other instruments, including guitar, clarinet, flute, violin, harp, cello, and more. The large library of free piano sheet music includes sheet music for beginners through intermediate players. Pieces are organized by level and then categorized into groupings called “Great Composers,” “Traditional,” “Bible Songs/ Hymns” and “Original Works” and “Christmas.” The site also has a handy feature that allows you to listen to the song, so you’ll know exactly what you are downloading. For excellent variety in music instruments, levels and styles, easy-to-use organization, and quality of product, this site is a must-visit.
  2. G Major Music Theory. Although music theory resources are the site’s main focus, it also features a substantial collection of free piano music and free guitar sheet music. Once again, the level of each piece is clearly indicated, and a wide selection of beginner, easy, and intermediate pieces are available. The site has the unique feature of sorting piano music by country, too, and new music is added regularly.
  3. Piano Song Download.  As you might expect, this site focuses on free piano music. In addition to piano solos ranging from beginner to intermediate, it also offers a variety of lead sheets and piano tutorials. The music teacher who organizes this site has chosen to offer all of their music for free, so there is no confusion over whether or not a piece will cost money.
  4. FreeSheetPianoMusic.com. This site heavily features the work of French musician Gayla, and its main offering is lovely easy/ intermediate arrangements of classic piano staples. Most pieces are by well-known composers, so this is one good place to look if you are interested in introducing young students to classical favorites. All music is featured on a single page, so it is quite easy to navigate.
  5. Music for Music Teachers. Music for beginning piano students is the main focus of this site, with an emphasis on the first few years of study. This would be a great place to start for those looking for free resources for beginning piano. Vocal music, violin music, and lead sheets are also available.

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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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10 Easy Cello Solos with Piano Accompaniment | Free Sheet Music

Kids who take on the challenge of the cello are a special bunch. First, they have committed to hauling around an instrument nearly as large as they are. Second, they have decided to bypass the more popular violin and try something a little different. Instead of carrying the melody like their flute, trumpet, or violin playing friends usually do, they are bass clef dwellers who often play a supporting role in orchestral arrangements. However, these insightful students have seen the beauty of an instrument that is sometimes overlooked. The warm, rich tones of the cello have a unique resonance, and the instrument has a remarkable stylistic range.

Let your cello students step into the spotlight with this collection of free easy cello solos. Each one features solo cello with piano accompaniment, giving cello players the opportunity to carry the piece. These ten cello solos also showcase a diverse array of styles, from the fast and furious “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” to the lyrical “Scarborough Fair.” Your students will love getting to know the different sides of their instrument through this cello sheet music collection. Since all of these solos are free digital downloads, you can enhance their music collection instantly without paying a cent.

Jingle Bells Boogie for Cello Solo by Andrew Fling
Ode to Joy for Cello Solo by Ludwig van Beethoven
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
Can-Can (The Galop) for Cello Solo by Jacques Offenbach

The cello is a powerful and versatile instrument, and nothing can help students understand that like a great collection of cello solos.
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10 Essential Classical Music Works for Piano | Free Sheet Music

What’s the difference between a symphony and a sonata? A minuet and a march? A concerto and a toccata? Some piano students might lump all of these classical music forms together under the category of “old music.” Learning the difference between these different types of pieces not only increases students’ classical musical literacy, but it can also help them appreciate the pieces’ purposes and context.

The ten pieces of free sheet music below represent several essential types of music that defined their eras. Each piece is carefully arranged for easy or intermediate piano students, fully considering both the integrity of the original composition and the skill level of the student. You can build a library of great classical sheet music for piano free, as all of the pieces below can be downloaded without paying a cent.

Toccata in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Pathetique Sonata by Ludvig van Beethoven for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Minuet in G  by Ludwig Van Beethoven for Intermediate/Level 4 Piano Solo
“Surprise” Symphony by Franz Joseph Haydn for Easy/Level 2 Piano Solo
Clarinet Concerto (Theme) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for Intermediate/ Level 3 Piano Solo
Funeral March  by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for Intermediate/Level 4 Piano Solo
Waltz in Ab by Johannes Brahms for Intermediate/ Level 3 Piano Solo
Nocturne in E Flat Op.9, No.2 by Frederic Chopin for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Largo from the New World Symphony by Antonin Dvorak for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Theme from 1812 Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo

As your students study each of these great classical pieces, take a moment to address each one’s original form or purpose. When a piano student knows what types of dances minuets and waltzes are, they can picture couples spinning across the dance floor in appropriate period dress. When they understand that a toccata was meant to be impressive, fast, free, and virtuosic– essentially a showoff piece– they can really perform with flourish. When they know that nocturnes are music of the night, they can capture the peaceful but slightly melancholy moments as the day slips away into darkness. A little bit of background knowledge can change how students approach and appreciate these older pieces.

Looking for more sonatas, minuets, and symphonies? Explore the Meet the Composer Index at MakingMusicFun.net and find more great classical sheet music for Levels 1-5. Composers are  organized by era, and each composer’s name links to a biography, affordable and free piano sheet music, and other related resources.

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Alto Saxophone | Free Sheet Music for Easy-Intermediate Solo

When we hear “saxophone,” jazz is often the first musical style that comes to mind. But the saxophone is a versatile instrument, and sax students don’t need to miss out on playing some more traditional classic pieces.

The free easy saxophone sheet music and free intermediate saxophone music below offers a wide variety of saxophone solos with piano accompaniment. Try ragtime with “The Entertainer” for alto saxophone or go classical with “Fur Elise.” Bring out the saxophone’s softer side with “Brahms’ Lullaby,” or show the trumpets that saxophones can be regal too with “Rondeau” from Masterpiece Theater. Use the listening feature on each song’s page to preview the piece, then download and print to start playing whatever saxophone solo you choose. At this price, you can download just one, or build up your saxophone music library by downloading all of them.

Easy
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

Intermediate
Brahms Lullaby by Johannes Brahms for Alto Saxophone Solo
Can-Can (The Galop) by Jacques Offenbach for Alto Saxophone Solo
Overture to William Tell by Gioachino Rossini for Alto Saxophone Solo
Turkish March by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for Alto Saxophone Solo

Jazz saxophone is fantastic, but saxophone players don’t need to be confined to a single genre. Give your students the opportunity to learn and perform some of these timeless non-jazz numbers. You’ll broaden their musical knowledge and help them appreciate the stylistic range of their instrument. All of these make excellent recital pieces, especially when the piano accompaniment is added.

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