Here’s a  collection of several pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach for easy and intermediate piano solo. The first two are for first year piano students. The rest are best suited for intermediate students.

Free Sheet Music for Easy Piano

Minuet in G for Piano Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Musette in D for Piano Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach

Free Sheet Music for Intermediate Piano

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for Piano Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Minuet in G for Piano Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Minuet in G Minor for Piano Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Musette in D for Piano Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach

Fantasia, Disney’s animated masterpiece, is one of the most popular films of all time. The music for Fantasia was recorded under the direction of Leopold Stokowski, features the music of some of our greatest composers, and is performed largely by the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Many of the scores from this classic film are available to print for easy and intermediate piano.

Free Printable Sheet Music

Trepak (Nutcracker) for Easy/Level 2 Piano Solo
Arabian Dance (Nutcracker) for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Dance of the Hours for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker) for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Chinese Dance (Nutcracker) for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Dance of the Reeds (Nutcracker) for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
March (Nutcracker) for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Night on Bald Mountain for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Waltz of the Flowers (Nutcracker) for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo

All arrangements are available for you to print and enjoy in high quality PDF format.

Read More About the Composers

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky was born in 1840 in present-day Udmurtia, Russia. His father was a Ukrainian mining engineer. Peter began piano lessons at the age of five, and within three years he could read music as well as his teacher. Read more…

Modest Mussorgsky was born on March 9, 1839, in Karevo, a village near St. Petersburg, Russia. At six years old Modest began piano lessons with his mother, who encouraged his early efforts at composition. At the age of ten, Modest and his brother were taken to St. Petersburg to study piano at the elite Peterschule. Three years later Modest entered the Cadet School of the Guards. Music remained important to him, and at his father’s expense he published his first piece, Porte Enseigne Polka for the piano. Read more…

Johann Sebastian Bach, one of the greatest music composers of all time, is the focus of this collection of free music lesson plans and resources for homeschooling kids. All of these resources are easy to teach, and require little or no preparation.
Johann Sebastian Bach Biographies
Hey Kids, Meet Johann Sebastian Bach – “Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany in 1685. As a child, Bach’s father taught him to play violin and harpsichord. His uncles were all musicians, serving as church organists and court chamber musicians. One of his uncles, Johann Christoph Bach, introduced him to the art of organ playing.”
Johann Sebastian Bach: Bio – Bach once had to spend a month in jail because he tried to quit his job composing and playing for a duke. During that month in jail, he wrote forty-six pieces of music, many of which are still performed today.
Johann Sebastian Bach Word Search Worksheet Review what your kids have learned with a free printable word search worksheet. This worksheet is designed to enhance your child’s reading skills as well as drill facts about Bach.
Johann Sebastian Bach Coloring Page Print this free printable coloring page and grab your crayons. This is a great chance to share a few of Bach’s classics. If you don’t have any recordings around the house, you can play a few YouTube videos. Recommended recordings include Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, and Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor.
Johann Sebastian Bach Audio Program Listen to the Classics for Kids Audio Program as your kids complete a word search or coloring page. There are 4 programs, including 1) About Johann Sebastian Bach, 2) The Sons of Johann Sebastian Bach, 3) What’s a Concerto?, 4) The Story of the Brandenburg Concertos.
Free Sheet Music for Johann Sebastian Bach
Give your kids a chance to experience Bach’s music first hand. The arrangements range in difficulty from very easy to intermediate/advanced.
Minuet in G for Level 1 Piano Solo
Musette in D for Level 1 Piano Solo
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for Level 2 Piano
Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor: Introduction for Level 2 Piano
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for Level 5 Piano Solo
Minuet in G for Level 5 Piano Solo
Minuet in G Minor for Level 5 Piano Solo
Musette in D for Level 5 Piano Solo
Prelude and Fugue from the Well Tempered Clavier for Intermediate/Advanced Piano Solo

Rock n’ Roll has delivered to us a long list of one hit wonders, but how about the those classical music composers? Who are they, and what have they done to contribute to the world of music.

Johannes Pachelbel | Canon in D
Our first composer in our hit parade in Johannes Pachelbel (1653-1706). This German Baroque period composer only gave us one great hit, but what a hit it is. Canon in D was originally scored for three violins and basso continuo, and was paired with a gigue. It was forgotten for centuries, and then reemerged in the 20th century. It surged in popularity when it appeared in the feature film Ordinary People, and has become a favorite at weddings.

Johannes Pachelbel’s score has since been published in many different arrangements. Here are a few of the arrangements available on the internet:

Free Sheet Music for Piano | Canon in D
Canon in D for Easy Piano Solo by Johann Pachelbel
Canon in D for Advanced Piano Solo by Johann Pachelbel
Canon in D for Intermediate Flute Solo by Johann Pachelbel

Albert Ellmenreich | Spinning Song
Our next composer in our hit parade is Albert Ellmenreich (1816-1905). Albert Ellmenreich was a German born actor, director and writer. He spent more than 50 years on the stage, though did find a moment to draft a song that enjoys tremendous popularity with junior high students.

Spinning Song was originally written for piano, and is available as a free printable piano score for easy and intermediate piano.

Free Sheet Music | Spinning Song
Spinning Song for Easy Piano by Albert Ellmenreich
Spinning Song for Intermediate Piano by Albert Ellmenreich

Jean-Joseph Mouret | Rondeau
Our last one hit wonder is Jean-Joseph Mouret (1682-1738). This French born composer struck gold when his Rondeau from “Symphonies and Fanfares for the King’s Supper” became the theme music for pubic television’s Masterpiece Theater in 1971. He missed seeing the incredible success of his work by 233 years, but many of us are grateful for his contribution. This work, like Canon in D, has become a favorite at weddings.

Rondeau is available for several different instruments including piano, clarinet, trumpet, violin and harp.

Free Sheet Music | Rondeau
Rondeau for Easy Piano Solo
Rondeau for Easy Clarinet Solo
Rondeau for Easy Trumpet Solo
Rondeau for Easy Violin Solo
Rondeau for Easy Harp Solo

A new iPad app from MakingMusicFun.net just hit the Apple app store – Meet Beethoven. The app is colorful, well planned and looks to be loads of fun for your kids. I’ve included the description below. If you’re interested in downloading the app, just click on the image or the link below to head to the Apple app store.

Get Meet Beethoven iPad App

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Description
“Meet Beethoven” from MakingMusicFun.net, is an elementary music education resource designed to send your child’s excitement about music and learning into overdrive! Right from the beginning, “MB” draws kids in with vibrant images and content that they’ll be excited to share with family and friends. Then, “MB” turns your kids into active learners, starting with an interactive game that drills the keywords they read in the introductory materials. At the core of the app, “MB” provides for a hand-on music making experience, by providing sheet music with interactive music learning tools for a variety of music instruments. In classic MakingMusicFun.net style, “MB” wraps things up with a wacky quiz called, “Pizza for Beethoven”. Answer enough questions correctly, and Beethoven gets a pizza for dinner. Miss too many questions, and Beethoven goes to bed hungry.

APP FEATURES
Biography
Photo Gallery
Timeline
Double Puzzle Word Scramble
Pizza for Beethoven Quiz (Cute, an awesome wrap-up for everything kids learn about in in the app.)

SHEET MUSIC INCLUDED
Ode to Joy (For Easy Piano, Recorder, Band and Orchestra Instruments)
Beethoven’s Fifth (For Easy Piano)
Fur Elise (For Piano)

Pieces that are familiar with kids are often the most popular. They love them, so they practice them. Do You Know the Muffin Man? is a classic English rhyme that has made it’s way into the subculture of kids everywhere.

Interested in sharing this piano arrangement of this class rhyme? Just click and print!

Free Sheet Music

Download Do You Know the Muffin Man?

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Here’s a jazzy piece for easy/intermediate piano students. It’s a great opportunity to practice the swing style, and the perfect addition to lesson curriculum for 3rd-5th year students.

Free Sheet Music
Alexander’s Ragtime Band for Intermediate/Level 4 Piano Solo

 

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Here’s a piece for easy/intermediate piano students. Interested in reading a little about the piece? I’ve included an excerpt from Wikipedia below, and a link so you can read more on the site.

Free Sheet Music
Romeo and Juliet (Love Theme) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo

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About Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet is an orchestral work composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It is styled an Overture-Fantasy, and is based on Shakespeare’s play of the same name. Like other composers such as Berlioz and Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky was deeply inspired by Shakespeare and wrote works based on The Tempest and Hamlet as well… Read more on Wikipedia.org

Here’s a fun and jazzy song for intermediate piano students. It’s easy to play, and a great choice to introduce students to swing eighth notes.

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Free Sheet Music

Erie Canal for Easy Piano Solo

 

About the Erie Canal
The Erie Canal, in New York state, extends from the Hudson River to Lake Erie, connecting the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

Lyrics
I’ve got a mule,
Her name is Sal,
Fifteen years on the Erie Canal.
She’s a good old worker
And a good old pal,
Fifteen years on the Erie Canal.
We’ve hauled some barges in our day
Filled with lumber, coal and hay
And ev’ry inch of the way I know
From Albany to Buffalo.

Low Bridge, ev’rybody down,
For it’s Low Bridge,
We’re coming to a town!
You can always tell your neighbor,
You can always tell your pal,
If you’ve ever navigated
On the Erie Canal.
Low Bridge, ev’rybody down,
For it’s Low Bridge,
We’re coming to a town!
You can always tell your neighbor,
You can always tell your pal,
If you’ve ever navigated
On the Erie Canal.

Looking for an app to drill basic theory skills? This iPad app from Alfred Music is a great pick for beginning students.

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Download Music for Little Mozarts App

Review

The app provides drill and practice activities for:

  • Distinguishing between High and Low Sounds
  • Melodic Direction (Up or Down)
  • Rhythmic Identification (Simple Rhythms)
  • Notes Naming Skill Development

Other notable features for this app include a point system rewards students for correct answers, and cute watercolor animals that are sure to be a hit with kids. It would be nice to see app developed that meet the growing needs of students as they progress through the Alfred series piano books.

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More Recommended Apps

MMF! Piano Primer App | Download on Apple App Store
Treble Clef Kids | Download on Apple App Store

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