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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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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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Chopsticks | Digital Print Sheet Music (4 Levels)

Sheet music for “Chopsticks”? Yes, you read the title correctly. Although “Chopsticks” seems to be the song that even non-pianists can play, it actually has a composer and has been arranged for piano solo and duet many times. Euphemia Allen is credited with composing this now-ubiquitous piece in the late 1800s under the title “The Celebrated Chop Waltz.”

Clearly, pianists found something about this simple piece catchy, for it has spread widely and remained a popular tune. The piece lends itself well to either basic or more complex arrangements, including variations on the theme, so it is a piece that piano students can revisit multiple times as they progress. Here are just four piano sheet music versions of “Chopsticks” at four different difficulty levels.

This first version is the simplest, written on the treble clef only with each hand responsible or one note.
Get Chopsticks | Sheet Music for Beginner Easy Piano Solo

The next version definitely moves beyond the beginner level, with the right hand playing two notes at once with a simple left hand bass line.
Get Chopsticks | Sheet Music for Easy Piano Easy/ Level 2 Piano Solo

Jump ahead to level 4 with a longer, two-page solo that requires multiple notes in both hands and much more movement.
Get Chopsticks | Sheet Music for Piano Intermediate/ Level 4 Piano Solo

For a grand finale, this last version brings a second player into the picture and has some fun with variations on the theme.
Get Chopsticks Sheet Music for Piano Intermediate Piano Duet

Students who progress to the more advanced versions will easily be able to see how far they have come when they see what they can now do with the simple tune known as “Chopsticks.”

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Essential Mozart | Piano Sheet Music

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart only lived to be 35, but he certainly left his mark on the world during his years. His compositions rank among the greatest of the classical works, and many of his melodies are instantly recognized over 200 years after his death.

For the piano student, Mozart’s music is an essential addition to their repertoire. Since some of his pieces lend themselves well to simpler arrangements, even younger students can enjoy the satisfaction of playing works by this classical master. As they progress, they will continue to enjoy the challenges of his expertly crafted works. From the sweet simplicity of “Air” to the excitement of “Turkish March,” piano students can never go wrong with Mozart’s familiar tunes and classical structures.

Piano Sheet Music
Marriage of Figaro for Easy/Level 1 Piano Solo from Making Music Fun
Air for Easy/Level 2 Piano Solo from Making Music Fun
Clarinet Concerto (Theme) for Piano Solo  from Making Music Fun
Allegro Level 2 Piano Solo from G Major Music Theory
Lacrymosa from Requium Piano Solo arranged by Gayla
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Symphony No. 40, First Movement Piano Solo arranged by Gayla
Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo from Making Music Fun
Turkish March for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo from Making Music Fun

Can’t pick just one? Get ten of Mozart’s greatest works along with a composer biography in this 22 page digital print Meet the Composer Series Easy/ Intermediate Piano Book.
Mozart | Piano Book for Easy/Intermediate Piano

The titles of the sheet music above may not immediately sound familiar, but many of the melodies will. (For example, the theme of “Ah vous dirais-je, Ma” would be better known to us as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” and almost anyone could hum along to “Turkish March” without having any idea what it is called!) To help you name the tunes, the sheet music from Making Music Fun are all accompanied by an audio that you can hear before you download.

Meet the Composer
At age 4 Wolfgang began keyboard lessons playing without fault and with great sensitivity, and by age 5 he was composing short pieces which his father wrote down for him. In the following year Wolfgang and Nannerl began traveling through Europe with their father giving concerts in the courts of Europe. While touring, Mozart learned to play the violin and the organ. Read More

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The Entertainer by Scott Joplin │Easy/ Intermediate Piano Sheet Music

Few piano solos are as beloved and as instantly recognizable as The Entertainer by Scott Joplin. Originally published over 100 years ago as piano sheet music, this piece helped define ragtime music in 1902 and reinvigorate its popularity decades later in the 1970s. The Entertainer piano sheet music still appeals to piano students with its dance-worthy rhythm and familiar tune. Though the original piece was quite advanced, it has been faithfully adapted to both easy and intermediate level piano sheet music at Making Music Fun.

Get Joplin’s The Entertainer Piano Sheet Music Level 3 (easy)


(PDF/ Digital Print, 2 Pages)

Get Joplin’s The Entertainer Piano Sheet Music Level 5 (intermediate)


(PDF/ Digital Print, 3 Pages)

Every good piano student (and teacher) knows that there’s a story behind every great song. The Play and Learn Edition, available with either Level 3 or Level 5 sheet music, includes supplemental materials about the Scot Joplin’s life and times. Students who play and learn get more than piano sheet music– they learn why the piece and its composer matter.

Get Joplin’s The Entertainer Piano Sheet Music Level 3, Play and Learn Edition

Contents
The Entertainer for Easy/Level 3 Piano Solo (2 Pages)
Hey Kids, Meet Scott Joplin Biography
Scott Joplin Word Search Worksheet
Meet the Composer Job Application
(PDF/ Digital Print, 8 Pages)

Get Joplin’s The Entertainer Piano Sheet Music Level 5, Play and Learn Edition

Contents
The Entertainer for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo (3 Pages)
Hey Kids, Meet Scott Joplin Biography
Scott Joplin Word Search Worksheet
Meet the Composer Job Application
(PDF/ Digital Print, 9 Pages)

The piano sheet music is arranged to provide a challenging yet accessible playing experience for the Level 3 or Level 5 student while preserving the integrity of Joplin’s original piece.

The Scott Joplin Biography provides a student-friendly overview of the composer’s life and contributions. After reading it, students can review the key points with the Scott Joplin Word Search Worksheet. Unlike typical word searches, this one doesn’t come with a word list, but requires students to determine the key words and phrases from the biography and search the puzzle to see if they have chosen correctly. Finally, the Meet the Composer Job Application asks students to synthesize their knowledge by filling out a job application with pertinent information from the biography.

Need a refresher on Scott Joplin’s life story? Many people incorrectly envision Joplin and the ragtime era in the 1930s, due to the use of The Entertainer in the 1973 film The Sting. However, Joplin was actually born just after the Civil War, in the late 1860s, to a father who was born a slave, and rose to become a household name in American composition.

Biography
Scott Joplin, the second of six children, was born sometime between June 1867 and January 1868 in eastern Texas. His father was a slave, while his mother was born a free black woman. After 1871 Joplin and his family moved to Texarkana, Texas. It was then that young Scott taught himself music on a piano in a home where his mother worked…Read More

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