ThePiano 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.
“Mary Had a Little Lamb” is a great first song to learn on the piano, and this lesson will get your kids playing in minutes. Find a tablet or laptop to set up behind the piano keyboard, or put the tablet or laptop on top of the piano. Taking the first piano lesson with your kids, will help them understand what they need to do. Pause the piano lesson after every phrase to drill what was taught. Get it right and then play each phrase correctly a few more times. After the piano lesson, print the FREE beginner piano sheet music from MakingMusicFun.net. It’s a good idea to repeat the lesson daily to remind your kids what they need to do, as kids often forget what the rhythms sound like and don’t practice effectively. Twenty minutes a day is the perfect amount of piano practice time, including time with the video lesson. It won’t ever overwhelm your kids, and they’ll make excellent progress as long as they’re getting to the piano each and every day.
Mary Had a Little Lamb – FREE Beginner Piano Lesson
Print Beginner Piano Sheet Music
Print the FREE beginner piano sheet music for “Mary Had A Little Lamb” at MakingMusicFun.net. Your kids will need it to to practice after the lesson.
Want to teach your kids about one of the greatest composers of all-time?
Johann Sebastian Bach certainly qualifies as one of the greats, and with some of his being compositions being over 300 years old his works are still just a popular.
This post includes FREE music lesson resources to share German composer, Johann Sebastian Bach, with your kids or in the general music classroom. Start by watching the Meet Bach popsicle stick theater lesson video that covers all the highlights, and follow by diving into the worksheets. If you kids are piano students, I’ve also included links to beginner and easy piano sheet music below.
Print the FREE Meet Bach Study Guide to get more out of this MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy video lesson. Click the following link to print this worksheet.
Hey Kids, Meet Johann Sebastian Bach Composer Biography
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. In 1707, Bach married his second cousin Maria Barbara Bach. They had seven children. In 1720 Maria died, and Bach married Anna Magdalena Wilcke in 1721. Bach had 13 more children with Anna Magdalena. He was a father to 20 children in all. Read more on MakingMusicFun.net.
More Free Johann Sebastian Bach Worksheets
Have fun completing the following free worksheets. Put on a recording while your kids color. It’s a great way to keep them focused.
Amazing Grace is one of the most known songs in the whole world. The lyrics for “Amazing Grace” were written by English poet, John Newton. His words are based on a prayer by the Bible’s, King David, where he marvels at God’s decision to choose him and his house. The Christian hymn was popularized in the 1960’s during a folk music revival. Since then it has been recorded by many people, including top recording artists Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, and Willie Nelson.
Want to learn one of the most popular Christian hymns ever written?
This post shares a free online beginner piano lesson for kids from the MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy. There’s also FREE piano sheet music that you can download and print to practice after the lesson. Dy-na-mite!
Getting the most out of this beginner piano lesson will require you to pause the video every few seconds to practice what was taught. Without doing this your kids will miss out on the greatest strength of video piano lessons. It’s the instant do-over! The repetition helps you remember what was said, and practice it until you get it right. The great musicians you know practiced in the same way, drilling what was taught. However, most of them didn’t have video lessons to repeat the important stuff over and over again. You do. If you’re ready to be a great musician yourself, and do it in record time, this lesson can help.
2. Count As You Play
The MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy developed a counting system that consistently helps kids play rhythms correctly. Some kids resist counting out loud, and they miss out on the benefits. Parent that take the time to reinforce this practice routine will soon see the rewards.
3. Practice Very, Very Slowly
It would be great if we could play the music perfectly every time we sat down to play it. However, it’s just not possible. That very real desire is probably the reason why kids struggle to slow things down while practicing.
Practicing slowly teaches your fingers what you would like them to do. When the music is learned perfectly your child’s muscle memory in their fingers will take over, and they’ll be able to perform in ways you never thought possible. I’ve seen it happen many times. It just requires the patience to practice very very slowly.
Want to introduce your children to the musical instruments of the orchestra?
This lesson follows a young boy named, George, who chats with players of the Sydney Youth Orchestra. They teach him about the four families of the orchestra, including the strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. It’s so adorable and and easy lesson to understand.
This music lesson is perfect for kids ages 3-9. For at home learning or something to share in the general music classroom.
Beginning piano students make the same mistakes. I’ve see it a thousand times. You’re kids can avoid them with a few easy steps!
Beginner Piano Student Resources
Want to start to drill skills that will help you child achieve more and enjoy the learning process? Below are links to printable resources that are sure to crank up the fun.
M&M Challenge | Note Name Worksheet – Quiz students by placing plain M&M candies on the treble or bass staff lines or spaces. If they correctly identify the notes, they win candy.
Color That Note! | Note Name Worksheets – Grab your crayons and color your way to success. Complete this worksheet by first choosing 5 crayons. Color each of the first 5 whole notes with a different color. Then complete this worksheet by naming each note correctly, and by coloring each note the same color as it was colored at the top of the worksheet.
Piano Games for Kids | 10 Skill Building Games – Ramp up the fun with games that drill piano finger numbers, treble and bass clef note names, and basic rhythms. There’s even a game that teaches kids how to make piano practice more productive.
Free Piano Practice Records/Sticker Charts – Music practice charts are a wonderful way to encourage practice time. Kids love to be recognized for their effort. It could be for specific things like practicing scales, or stuff like meeting daily practice goals. Whatever the reason, practice records help and these are FREE!
Teaching rhythm to kids is the most challenging thing every music teacher is confronted with, and the traditional counting system doesn’t make it any easier. There’s a complex notation system to learn to read and a counting system requires years to master. The best students will only be able to master enough to understand most of what they are asked to play in their lessons, but far from understand how it all works.
The result is kids don’t often play rhythms correctly and steady beat suffers greatly. Band and orchestra student do far better at maintaining a steady beat. They have to learn to play with a steady beat in order to play together in their school ensembles. Piano students struggle the most. They rarely play with other students, so playing to a steady best is often not considered a priority. Even in competition situations piano students prioritize correct notes over maintaining a steady beat and correct rhythms.
It doesn’t have to be hard.
Playing rhythms correctly and playing to a steady beat doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, it can be relatively simple if you apply the counting method taught in the following video lesson.
Rhythm Made Easy – Play Better Instantly!
The rhythm counting system taught in this lesson assigns spoken phrases to simple note values. If kids say them as they are performing their piece, they are far more likely to to play the rhythms in their music correctly. It’s often a dramatic difference.
Quarter Notes – Say the letter name to drill note names as the student plays.
Half Notes – Say the two beat phrase “Half Note” to drill the rhythm name and count the value.
Dotted Half Notes – Say the three beat phrase “Dot-ted Half” to drill the rhythm name and count the value.
Whole Notes – Say the four beat phrase “Hold-That-Whole-Note” to drill the rhythm name and count the value.
Looking for a new piece of sheet music to share with your piano students for play yourself?
The music of the Beatles is always a surefire hit, and “Hey Jude” and one of their biggest hits.
“Hey Jude” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles. It was released as a single in 1968. It was written by Paul McCartney though credited to Lennon–McCartney. It was first conceived as “Hey Jules,” the name of Lennon’s son, to comfort him during the break from is first wife and connection with artist, Yoko Ono. “Hey Jude” hit #1 in many countries around the world. It became the year’s top-selling single in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. “Hey Jude” has sold around 8 million copies, and is considered one of the greatest songs of all time.
Print Easy Piano Sheet Music
This piano sheet music arrangement is ideal for the advancing pianist, with parts written specifically to make the arrangement highly playable. Visit MusicNotes to listen to the arrangement, and print the score. The digital recording on the site may also be useful to you in learn to play the sheet music.
Getting the most out of your child’s piano lessons typically only requires a few modifications to their practice habits and techniques. Sometimes the changes have to do with what they are doing with their time. Sometimes the changes have to do with what they are doing in terms of piano technique. The later is the focus of the video lesson included in this post. The video lesson limits the number of tips to just three. When your kids master them, they’ll have a much greater ability to master the lesson materials they’re given each week.
Beginner Piano Technique | Learn to Play More Expressively and Tons Faster – FREE Video Lesson
Main Points of Piano Lesson (Transcript)
Keep your wrists relaxed and level to the keyboard. Keep you fingers rounded with your finger tips on the keys. Practice with a quarter on the back your hand until it doesn’t fall off anymore. When you can do these three things successfully you’ll be on your way to playing more expressively and tons faster.
Are You Just Getting Started with Piano Lessons?
The following links from the piano student blog will point you to free beginner level piano sheet music and free music theory resources for the beginning student.
Sometimes the best teaching strategies come from the wackiest places.
Many of us have played the electronic game, Simon. You turn it on and a light lights up along with a corresponding sound. In the following rounds Simon adds a single color & sound combination each round. Red. Red-Green. Red-Green-Blue. Dynamite!
When you start to consider how Simon is designed you find an amazing teacher. One that makes it easy for kids to learn, and meets the needs of every type of learner.
Want to know more about how Simon teaches and how you can use these strategies in your lessons too? Check out the following video.
Want to drill the four most popular music dynamics symbols with this FREE piano lesson?
This free video music lesson introduces children to the four most common dynamics markings that music composers use – with popsicle sticks!
Music Theory for Kids: Dynamics Symbols
This music lesson introduces kids to the dynamics markings:
Piano – Soft
Mezzo Piano – Medium Soft
Mezzo Forte – Medium Loud
Forte – Loud
This music lesson also gives a short introduction to Italian monk, Guido of Arezzo. He’s the guy that invented music notation and his Guidonian Hand that maps note names on the part of you hand.
Want to learn more about Guido of Arezzo?
Biography About Italian Music Theorist “Guido of Arezzo”
Guido was a monk from Arezzo, Italy. (A long time ago people referred to each other by their first name and the city where they lived.) Guido invented a way to teach his singers to learn chants quickly. It was very helpful, and it made Guido famous throughout north Italy. Unfortunately, the other monks he worked with didn’t like that he was innovative, so they asked him to leave and move to Arezzo. Arezzo didn’t have an abbey, but it did have a group of cathedral singers. Bishop Tedald (of Arrezo) liked him, and asked him to lead the church singers. While at Arezzo, Guido kept working on his new techniques for teaching, including the musical staff and other aspects of music notation. Guido is also credited with the Guidonian hand, which became an extremely popular mnemonic system that maps musical note names on to the hand.