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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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Free Music Award Certificates

As the calendar turns to May, the end of the school year is in sight for many music educators. With the conclusion of an academic year comes the opportunity to recognize students’ accomplishments and contributions throughout the year. Whether in a classroom setting, private lessons, or  even homeschool setting, year-end awards leave kids feeling great about their growth, and maybe even motivated to put in some extra practice over the summer.

The library of free printable music award certificates at MakingMusicFun.net makes it easy to prepare attractive and meaningful awards for your students. With over 30 different colorful certificate designs, you can find a style that is just right for your kids, or even choose a variety of styles so that each one is unique. Many certificates allow you to fill in the reason for the award. The certificates below, for example include a “presented to” blank followed by a “for” or a “has” blank, so you can customize the award as you like.

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Other certificates are designated for band, orchestra,  or choir, and there’s even a recorder award! A promotion certificate is also available to mark a transition to a new level of any sort.

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Click on any certificate above to view and print, or view the whole collection of free music award certificates here. Print in color on heavy paper or card stock for highest quality appearance.

Need some ideas for year-end awards beyond participation or completion? Here are a couple of approaches to help you honor your students’ work. These might take some time, but could make a big difference to your kids.

Recognize Character Traits. Music tends to both reveal and build character. Consider calling out the unique traits you have seen your students display. Awards might include perseverance, diligence, reliability, encouragement, creativity, helpfulness, initiative, leadership, inclusiveness, and many more.

Award Specific Musical Skills. Take note of the musical contributions each student made in a group setting or recognize specific areas of excellence for students’ individual playing. Kids find a specific compliment much more meaningful than a general “good job.” For example, you might recognize technical proficiency, musicality, expressiveness, accuracy, range, rhythm, fingering, tone, or other skills specific to the musical setting. Improvement in any of these areas can be pointed out, too.

However you choose to award your students, they will appreciate their hard work and improvement being recognized. Create a scrapbook-worthy certificate that will help them take pride in how far they’ve come and encourage them to keep on improving.

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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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Bible Songs & Hymns for Piano | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music

Many piano students of faith enjoy playing songs from their religious traditions.They may have opportunities to perform at churches or other religious gatherings, or they may simply love playing familiar songs that express their beliefs. For students of Christian faith, a collection of easy hymn arrangements for piano would be a great addition to their sheet music collection. The Christian church has a rich tradition of hymns, but often hymnals are arranged with four-pat harmony in mind and are too advanced for young students. This doesn’t need to stop even beginning students from playing hymns and Bible songs.

Below you will find a  variety of free, printable sheet music for hymns and other Bible songs. From children’s Sunday School classics like “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and “Do Lord” to deeper, well-loved hymns lie “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” and “Crown Him with Many Crowns,” this collection offers numerous favorites of the faith in arrangement leveled for kids. Each link takes you to the free downloadable sheet music as well as the full lyrics to the song and audio of the arrangement.

Level 1/ Beginner Bible Songs & Hymns Sheet Music
Amazing Grace for Piano Solo | Traditional
It Is Well with My Soul for Piano Solo by Bliss/Spafford
Praise God from Whom All Blessing Flow for Piano Solo by Bourgeois/Ken

Level 2/ Easy Bible Songs & Hymns Sheet Music
The B-I-B-L-E for Piano Solo | Bible Song
Do Lord for Piano Solo | Bible Song
Hallelu, Hallelu for Piano Solo | Bible Song
He’s Got the Whole World for Piano Solo | Bible Song
I’ve Got Peace Like a River for Piano Solo | Hymn
Jesus Loves Me for Piano Solo | Bible Song
Kum Ba Yah for Piano Solo | Bible Song
This Little Light of Mine for Piano Solo | Bible Song
Who Built the Ark? for Piano Solo | Bible Song

Level 3/ Easy-Intermediate Bible Songs & Hymns Sheet Music

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name for Piano Solo | Traditional
A Mighty Fortress is Our God for Piano Solo by Martin Luther
Be Thou My Vision for Piano Solo | Irish Hymn
Come, Thou All Mighty King for Piano Solo | Psalm 95:3
Crown Him with Many Crowns for Piano Solo | Traditional
Down to the River to Pray for Piano Solo | Traditional
Eternal Father, Strong to Save for Piano Solo | Traditional
For the Beauty of the Earth for Piano Solo by Pierpoint
Go Down Moses for Piano Solo | Traditional
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty for Piano Solo by Neander/Gesangbuch
Onward Christian Soldiers for Piano Solo by Sullivan and Baring-Gould
We Gather Together for Piano Solo | Dutch Hymn

Level 4/ Intermediate Bible Songs & Hymns Sheet Music
All Creatures of Our God and King for Piano Solo | Saint Francis of Assis

It’s no surprise that many religious traditions use hymns and songs to express their faith. These songs capture the religion’s stories and truths in memorable and engaging ways, allowing believers to recall and share them easily. In addition, music has the power to stir hearts to worship, bringing joy and peace to the faithful who play it, sing it, and hear it.

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Modern Era Essentials | Easy/ Intermediate Piano Sheet Music

The works of Baroque, Classical, and Romantic composers are essential to a well-rounded study of piano. When we look to the past for great music, though, we shouldn’t forget the more recent past. The Modern Era, starting around the turn of the 20th Century, includes many innovative composers whose distinctive works opened up new musical possibilities.

Though they don’t boast centuries of history like music from earlier eras, music from the Modern Era has most definitely played a part in shaping music history. Adding piano sheet music from this era to students’ repertoires also brings variety in style and sound, and its relatively recent origins can pique students’ interest. Being able to place the compositions into historical contexts they are more familiar with helps the music come alive to them in a unique way.

The ten Modern piano sheet music pieces below represents a wide range of works of the Modern Era arranged for Easy/ Intermediate piano. From ragtime to orchestral to Broadway musicals and film scores, the composers and pieces below have helped shape Modern music, and some are recognized among the greatest compositions of the Era.

Simple Gifts by Aaron Copland for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
The Entertainer by Scott Joplin for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo – Play and Learn™
The Entertainer by Scott Joplin for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo – Play and Learn™
Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Dance by Dmitri Kabelevsky for Easy/Level 2 Piano Solo
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major by Dmitri Shostakovich for Intermediate Piano Solo
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin for Easy Piano Solo
Somewhere from Westside Story by Leonard Bernstein for Easy/ Intermediate Piano Solo
Memory from Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber for Easy/ Intermediate Piano Solo
Theme from Jurassic Park by John Williams for Intermediate Piano Solo
Star Wars (Main Title) by John Williams for Intermediate Piano Solo

Learn more about the lives and contributions of the composers above and composers from other eras by visiting the Meet the Composer index on MakingMusicFun.

Some sources may say that the Modern Era ended decades ago, but others contend it continues into the present time. Either way, these pieces demonstrate that music doesn’t necessarily need to be old to be excellent. Even some of the musical and film score pieces on the list are recognized as the best of their genre, and they represent new facets of musical expression that were introduced during this era.

Incorporating piano music from the Modern Era into your students’ lessons can stoke their enthusiasm. It can also demonstrate how music changed through the decades as well as the qualities that have always made great music great, regardless of time or place.

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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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Beginner Piano Duets | Sheet Music

We all know how important it is to keep new piano students engaged and motivated. So how do you keep lessons fun and rewarding for beginners? Experienced teachers know that moving forward at the right pace and introducing a variety of pieces are two important ways to keep beginners coming back for more. Adding some beginner duets to the mix is one easy way to add variety to a beginner’s experience. While the music may not be much more difficult than their other pieces, piano duets add the challenge of coordinating with another player. With four beginner hands playing instead of two, they also showcase a fuller piano sound than new players are used to producing on their own.

Below are three familiar tunes arranged as beginner piano duet sheet music. Each one has a different mood and tempo, so you can download all three to keep your beginning players challenged and interested. Each one is a printable digital download, so you can begin incorporating duets at your beginner’s next lesson.

Swan Lake Easy Piano Duet by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Farmer in the Dell Boogie Easy Free Piano Duet | Traditional

Frere Jacques Easy Free Piano Duet
Frère Jacques by Traditional

If you want to add a twist to your beginners’ lessons, adding an easy duet is one great option. Whether you play the other hand, schedule overlapping lesson times with another beginner, or enlist a parent or sibling to joint the fun, beginners will love the experience of sharing the piano bench and being part of a bigger piece of music.

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