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

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Music Theory Arcade Games
Music Composer Biographies

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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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Scale are an important part of music lessons. Unfortunately, most music teachers do little more than drill scales and drive kids crazy.

The Scale Sleuth™ | Musical Scales: Breaking the Code (Workbook) from MakingMusicFun.net provides music students with “light bulb” moments – helping kids to understand why the study of scales is important, why composers use so many different scales, and how they can build them themselves – by breaking the secret code.

Get Scale Sleuth™ | Musical Scales: Breaking the Code (Workbook)

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The Scale Sleuth workbook includes:
• Introduction
• Worksheet 1: Major Scales
• Worksheet 2: Minor Scales
• Worksheet 3: Egyptian, Octatonic, Blues, Whole Tone and Pentatonic Scales
• Quiz
• Answer Key

Example
Worksheet 1: Major Scales introduces students to the major scale. It shows them the whole and half step pattern for the major scale, providing examples, and then gives students a chance to practice writing a few major scales themselves.

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The worksheet concludes with a “Scales in Action” example showing students that the melody for Joy to the World begins with a complete descending major scale.

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Summary
Scale Sleuth™ | Musical Scales: Breaking the Code takes the “boring out of scale study, and  is a great addition to piano teacher libraries!

Get Scale Sleuth™ | Musical Scales: Breaking the Code (Workbook)

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Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, commonly known as the Christmas Concerto has become a celebrated masterpiece.

Get Christmas Concerto (Corelli) |Pastorale ad libitum for Easy Piano Solo

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It was commissioned by Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni and published in 1714. The concerto includes the inscription:

Fatto per la notte di Natale which means “Made for the Night of Christmas”

The actual composition date is unknown, but there is a record of Corelli offereing a public performance of his work in 1690 for the enjoyment of his new patron.

This work consists of six movements, was written for a string ensemble and continuo.

  1. Vivace
  2. Allegro
  3. Adagio – Allegro – Adagio
  4. Vivace
  5. Allegro
  6. Largo. Pastorale ad libitum

This sheet music linked to is this post is for the celebrated final movement – a peaceful movement, written in pastoral form.

Get Christmas Concerto (Corelli) |Pastorale ad libitum for Easy Piano Solo

About the Composer
Arcangelo Corelli was an Italian violinist, composer and teacher from the Baroque era. His music was key in the development ofsonata and concerto forms, in establishing the violin as a predominant musical instrument (it was a new instrument at the time), and for his contribution to tonality and functional harmony.

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Looking great recital pieces for your middle through late elementary-level piano students. Jingle Jazz piano book provides five colorful jazz arrangements that introduce young students to the world of jazz – and make it easy!

Get Jingle Jazz | Easy Jazz Piano Book for Kids

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Contents

Jingle Bells Boogie (Very Easy)
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella (Easy/Intermediate)
Angels We Have Heard on High (Easy/Intermediate)
Away in a Manger (Easy)
O Christmas Tree (Easy/Intermediate)

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Star Wars sheet music for young piano students is one the very and most popular choices for encouraging practice. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last forever. Then you have to find something else to inspire them.

Star Flight for Level 4 Piano Solo by Andrew Fling is written with the young piano student in mind, and provides many of those unique sounds that are characteristic of John Williams film score music. It is most like the Star Wars main theme,which is most often the piece kids want to play.

Get Star Flight Piano Sheet Music (FREE)

Want to learn more John Williams? Here are a few resources:

Biographies

John Williams on Wikipedia
Hey Kids, Meet John Williams | Composer Biography

Worksheets

John Williams | Film Score Music Listening Glyphs
Star Wars (John Williams) | Music Listening Glyph
Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet
Jurassic Park (John Williams) | Music Listening Glyph
John Williams | Word Search Worksheet

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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)

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Having a summer practice goal is a wonderful way to keep kids motivated and growing as musicians. It also makes the most of their free time. If you’re interest in taking on this challenge here’s a list of things to consider.

 

Length of Vacation

The first thing you’ll need to figure out is how many days your child has for summer vacation. Then you can factor in family vacation time and a few full days at the water park. What’s left are the days for the practice challenge.

 

Practice Goal

There are a variety of goals your can set, including:

a) Practice every day. No set time limit. Just accomplish something.

b) Practice 20 minutes every day. Mark your practice record as students achieve their daily goal.

c) Set a a goal of 25 hours. Some kids might like this best, and have the goal completed in a few weeks.

 

Practice Charts

We have a collection of free printable practice charts if you’re interested.

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Reward or No Reward

You’ll also need to decide if the reward of becoming a better musician and playing fun songs is reward enough, or should you provide a reward to work toward.

A research study conducted by Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive: The Suprising Truth About What Motivates Us, looked at a group of preschoolers who chose to spend their “free play” time drawing. The researchers divided the students into three groups. The first was the “expected-award” group. They knew they would get something for completing their assigned goal. The second group was the “unexpected-award” group. They would receive a “Good Player” certificate, though wouldn’t know it’s coming. The third group was the “no-award” group. There was no promise of a reward, and nothing was awarded.

Children in the “unexpected-award” and “no-award” groups drew just as much and enjoyed drawing just as much. However, the children who expected to receive an award showed much less interest in drawing spent much less drawing.

Extrinsic rewarded can be great. You’ll just have to decide if they are right for your kids.

Here’s an arrangement of When Johnny Comes Marching Home for easy piano that not too hard to play. It offers younger players one of their first experiences to play a “composed piece” rather than just straight through the tune like most arrangements that they’ll be given at this stage in piano lessons. It also ventures in the key of G minor, so it a great opportunity to stretch them beyond C Major, G Major and F Major.

Sheet Music for Piano
Get When Johnny Comes Marching Home for Easy Piano

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Students will also benefit by being able to listen to the Mp3 file of the arrangement that is available on the site.

Lyrics
When Johnny comes marching home again,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
We’ll give him a hearty welcome then
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The men will cheer and the boys will shout
The ladies they will all turn out
And we’ll all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home.

 

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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)

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I am a trumpet player, piano player/teacher and huge Wynton Marsalis fan.   Here are 12 tips he offers for practicing which are beneficial to musicians as well as athletes or anyone else who would like to learn something new.  Even if you only glance through these twelve tips you’ll see that his suggestions are sensible and realistic. They begin with the practical and move into the intangibles, such as developing creativity and optimism. They’re all “golden nuggets” because they’re coming from someone who has reached the highest level of achievement.

1) Seek out instruction: A good teacher will help you understand the purpose of practicing and can teach you ways to make practicing easier and more productive.

2) Write out a schedule: A schedule helps you organize your time. Be sure to allow time to review the fundamentals because they are the foundation of all the complicated things that come later.

3) Set goals: Like a schedule, goals help you organize your time and chart your progress…. If a certain task turns out to be really difficult, relax your goals: practice doesnʼt have to be painful to achieve results.

4) Concentrate: You can do more in 10 minutes of focused practice than in an hour of sighing and moaning. This means no video games, no television, no radio, just sitting still and working…. Concentrated effort takes practice too, especially for young people.

5) Relax and practice slowly: Take your time; donʼt rush through things. Whenever you set out to learn something new – practicing scales, multiplication tables, verb tenses in Spanish – you need to start slowly and build up speed.

6) Practice hard things longer: Donʼt be afraid of confronting your inadequacies; spend more time practicing what you canʼt do…. Successful practice means coming face to face with your shortcomings. Donʼt be discouraged; youʼll get it eventually.

7) Practice with expression: Every day you walk around making yourself into “you”, so do everything with the proper attitude…. Express your “style” through how you do what you do.

8) Learn from your mistakes: None of us are perfect, but donʼt be too hard on yourself. If you drop a touchdown pass, or strike out to end the game, itʼs not the end of the world. Pick yourself up, analyze what went wrong and keep going….

9) Donʼt show off: Itʼs hard to resist showing off when you can do something well…. But my father told me, “Son, those who play for applause, thatʼs all they get.” When you get caught up in doing the tricky stuff, youʼre just cheating yourself and your audience.

10) Think for yourself: Your success or failure at anything ultimately depends on your ability to solve problems, so donʼt become a robot…. Thinking for yourself helps develop your powers of judgment.

11) Be optimistic: Optimism helps you get over your mistakes and go on to do better. It also gives you endurance because having a positive attitude makes you feel that something great is always about to happen.

12) Look for connections: If you develop the discipline it takes to become good at something, that discipline will help you in whatever else you do…. The more you discover the relationships between things that at first seem different, the larger your world becomes. In other words, the woodshed can open up a whole world of possibilities.

Learn more about Wynton Marsalis here.

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