The Piano Student is a music resource directory for teachers and beginning-intermediate level piano students.  Below are a few of the most popular posts and the most active posts.  I hope you enjoy the resources you find.  If you are having trouble finding a particular resource, please let me know.  I would be glad to help.

Updated on May 7, 2016

Piano Apps
Apps that help kids to learn to play the piano.
MMF! Piano Primer App | Download on Apple App Store
Treble Clef Kids | Download on Apple App Store
Music for Little Mozarts | Download on Apple App Store
Meet Beethoven iPad App (Includes sheet music with interactive tools for practicing)

Free Printable Piano Books
All-In-One Piano Book for Beginners | Free eBook
MMF! All-In-One Piano Primer Book | Free Sheet Music eBook
Composing with Kids (Children) | Free Piano Lesson eBook
Beethoven Piano Book | Free Sheet Music Digital Print
Mozart | Free Piano eBook for Easy/Intermediate Solo
Tchaikovsky | Free Printable Piano Book (Easy/Intermediate)

Top Posts (with all-time views)

Free Sheet Music for Piano | Level 1 (Easy) 270,834
Nursery Rhyme Piano Sheet Music for Children 196,189
Free Christmas Sheet Music for Children 190,433
Free Sheet Music for Piano | Level 3 (Easy) 165,729
Free Sheet Music for Piano | Level 4 (Intermediate) 149,839
Free Sheet Music for Piano | Level 2 (Easy) 146,865
Free Sheet Music for Piano | Level 5 (Intermediate) 127,322
Free Sheet Music | Canon in D for Piano 122,740
Free Printable Note Naming Worksheets 84,643
Free Sheet Music | The Entertainer for Piano : Three Levels 68,559
All-In-One Piano Book for Beginners | Free eBook 60,434
Free Printable Flash Cards | Treble and Bass Clef 54,056
Free Sheet Music | Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride) for Piano Solo 47,454
Free Sheet Music | Happy Birthday for Piano 39,884
Free Sheet Music | More Nursery Rhyme Piano Pieces for Children 39,774
Free Sheet Music | Danny Boy for Intermediate Piano 27,808
Free Sheet Music | Chopsticks for Piano (Three Levels) 26,635
Toccata in D Minor (Bach) | Two Free Sheet Music Versions for Piano 26,520
Free Sheet Music | Moonlight Sonata for Easy Piano 23,299
Free Sheet Music | Carol of the Bells for Easy Piano 22,234
Hymns | Free Sheet Music for Intermediate Piano Solo 22,002
Free Sheet Music | Amazing Grace for Piano Solo 20,925

Also find links to free resources like…
Music Theory Arcade Games
Music Composer Biographies

And helpful posts on…
How to Make Money with your Music Studio Website
Careers in Music
Free Website Templates for Your Music Studio (and more)

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Teaching is satisfying in so many ways, but teacher salaries can be challenging at times. If you’re up for doing something about it, here’s a list of ideas.

1) Sell Your Teaching Materials is the largest marketplace for selling teacher created digital print lesson plans and resources. If you’ve got a few lesson plans that you think would be a hit with other teachers, you should create an account.

If you’re interested in selling on Teachers Pay Teachers, Pinterest will soon become you best friend. The traffic to Pinterest is amazing and the people visiting this site have more of a shopping mindset that any other social media site. Below are tools and resources that will be helpful.

TrafficWonker makes marketing easy by automation just about every aspect of Pinterest marketing. – The Auto-Pilot Pinterest Pin Scheduler

The following 10-page book will help guide Pinterest marketing newbies to make the most of the site – and get it working well in just 21 days. Thie book is FREE!

Pinterest Marketing :: 21-Day Plan for Marketing Campaign Automation

2) Teach Online Courses is one of the top sites for marketing online courses. With you can easily build a beautiful course website, share your knowledge, and be rewarded for it. I personally know a teacher who put together a video course and launched it to In the first few days, she made over $2,000. Wow!

3) Tutor Online provides online tutoring – and you can be one of their tutors. You can also do it the old-fashioned way – in person.

4) Write an eBook

Writing a book certainly isn’t a quick process, but it can be rewarding. Just research which topics seem most successful and start writing. It is also important to start building a list of people who may be interested in your book once it’s published.

5) Become a Grader or Test Scorer

If you don’t mind increasing the mind-numbing number of hours you spend grading papers, you might consider offering your services to other teachers or school districts. To find out about and apply for jobs like these, you can visit the job board on

6) Writer/Proofreading

If your grammar skills are strong and you like writing and/or proofreading, you can offer your services on I use this site often to find talented people.

7) Taxes

Just being better informed about what you can deduct can save you tons of money at tax time every year. The following article can help you identify a few ways you could be saving. Of course, consulting your accountant should always be the final word on these types of things.

10 Tax Saving Tips for Private Music Teachers

Émile Waldteufel, born on December 9, 1837 was a French pianist, conductor and composer. He is known for Skaters’ Waltz and Dolores.

This arrangement of Dolores is for level 4 piano solo. It gives students an excellent opportunity to work at musical expression, while not being over technical.


Get Dolores Waltz (Waldteufel) | Sheet Music for Piano Solo


Browse other “The Piano Student” posts:
Teaching Dynamics: Linking the Visual Arts to Music
Free Printable Flash Cards | Treble and Bass Clef
Free Sheet Music for Piano | Level 2 (Easy)
Free Sheet Music for Piano | Level 3 (Easy)
Free Sheet Music for Piano | Level 4 (Intermediate)

Today’s kids take ballet, soccer, and gymnastics, always do the work there. They are conditioned to complete their goal while they’re with the teacher. Music lessons require a completely different conditioning for the student – and the parent. A conditioning that requires daily work at home.

So what can be done to point our kids in the right direction?

1) Get to Know Students. Start by getting to know the interests of your students. Ask them about what’s going on at school, what they are interested in, and what movies they’ve seen recently. The last question can often give teachers ideas as to what they might be interested in playing. The music from those movies can be found on

2) Mark Mistakes. Make mistakes with a colored pencil to show students what to practice – and what mistakes shouldn’t be mistakes by next week. Use a new colored pencil next week.

3) Ask Students What They Want. Ask students what they want to play. Some students will practice every song in the book and be faithful to practice every week. Others won’t. That’s when you ned to find out what motivates them. What song is so great that they wouldn’t want to miss practicing it. Then find it.

4) Use a Point System. Award a point every time something is played well. At the end of the lesson, they get a treat from mom or dad. I find that 25 point goal works well.

5) Educate the Parents. Keep parents informed about how things are going. They can often help keep your students remembering to practice and remembering what they’re supposed to practice.


Finding the perfect words to express what you mean and make the concept understandable to young students can be a challenge. When we finally figure out how to express our ideas, we tend to repeat these phrases over and over again.

I have been enhancing my students perfomances with dynamics (p, mp, mf, f) for many years.  I have accomplished this with two strategies:

1) Define Terms – I teach students to pronounce the terms and defined them.

1) Demonstrate – I play examples and explain the terms. Mezzo Forte (mf) is easy. You don’t need to work hard to play soft or to play loud. Mezzo Piano (mp) and Forte (f) are more challenging because they require extra effort. Piano (p) requires the most effort.

Nothing special here. It has worked well enough, but it was difficult to achieve artistry-level performances with grade school students… until now.

For the past 5-6 years I’ve been taking art lessons, and decided to see if a connection between art and music might help my music students play their music in a much more expressive way.

I introduced value.

Value refers to the visible lightness or darkness of a color, and is one of the most important design elements in a work of art.

So, how does this relate to music?

The following chart shows the four most common dynamic levels and assigns a value to each of them.


I found that drawing a box above a section of the music, and shading it with the appropriate value, gave students a visual indication of how loud or soft the phrase should be played. A light turned on for my students and it transformed their performances.

In some instances, you might draw a box above a four measure phrase and that will be enough. Other pieces are so well written, and your students so capable, that you might want to dig a little deeper -adding value boxes above individual notes.





Are you looking for a piece that your kids can start practicing for your New Year’s Eve party? This arrangement is perfect for students that have had 2-3 years of piano lessons.

Get Silent Night | Easy/Beginner Piano Solo



Silent Night
Holy Night
All is calm
All is bright
Round yon virgin
Mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace



Are you beginning to think about music for your upcoming Christmas recital? This wonderful piano piano by composer Italian-born organist and composer Pieto Yon will make a welcomed edition to the recital. The sheet music is available in PDF format and there’s an audio button on the site to listen to it to see if you like it and for practice purposes.

Get Gesu Bambino | Sheet Music for Easy Piano Solo


When blossoms flowered ‘mid the snows Upon a winter night
Was born the Child the Christmas Rose, The King of Love and Light
The angels sang, the shepherds sang, The grateful earth rejoiced
And at His blessed birth the stars Their exultation voiced.

O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Again the heart with rapture glows To greet the holy night
That gave the world its Christmas Rose, Its king of Love and Light
Let ev’ry voice acclaim His name, The grateful chorus swell
From paradise to earth He came That we with Him might dwell

O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Remember the Frito Bandito song from the late 1960’s and early 1070’s? Cielito Lindo is the song is was based on. This arrangement for easy piano is teriffic for students with two-four years for piano lessons.

Get Cielito Lindo | Easy Sheet Music for Piano


Frito Bandito Lyrics
Ay, ay, ay, ay! oh, I am dee Frito Bandito.
I like Fritos corn chips, I love them, I do.
I want Fritos corn chips. I’ll get them, from you.
Ay, ay, ay, ay, oh, I am the Frito Bandito.
Give me Fritos corn chips and I’ll be your friend.
The Frito Bandito you must not offend.


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