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The Piano Student: Top Posts

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.

Updated on Jan 3, 2018

Top Posts (with all-time views)

Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music/Level 1 460,512
Free Christmas Sheet Music for Children  251,353
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 3 239,337
Nursery Rhyme Piano Sheet Music for Children 204,722
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 4 201,208
Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music/Level 2 206,401
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5 185,934
Canon in D | Easy Piano Sheet Music 139,619
MMF All-In-One Piano Book for Beginners | Digital Print Piano Lesson Book 95,080
Free Note Name Worksheets | Music Theory for Kids 95,032
 The Entertainer | Piano Sheet Music for Three Levels  83,934
Music Flash Cards | Treble and Bass Clef 84,737
Chopsticks | Beginner and Easy Piano Sheet Music (Three Levels) 58,438
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride) | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music 64,104
10 Beginner Piano Pieces Kids Love to Play | Free Sheet Music 48,034
More Nursery Rhymes for Piano | Free Beginner Sheet Music 42,911
Danny Boy | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music 29,784
Happy Birthday | Free Beginner and Easy Piano Sheet Music 40,516
Toccata in D Minor (Bach) | Two Free Piano Sheet Music Arrangements 39,216
Moonlight Sonata | Easy Piano Sheet Music 31,062
Danny Boy | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music 29,784
Christian Hymns | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music 29,020
Amazing Grace | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music 24,597
Carol of the Bells | Easy Piano Sheet Music 22,942
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Symphony No. 7 – Allegretto (Beethoven) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Many of the great classical music works are out of reach of kids. Their fingers will soon have the dexterity to manage highly technical passages. Until that day comes there are arrangements like this that make playing the great works possible.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, is a symphony written in four movements. It was composed between 1811 and 1812 in the Bohemian town of Teplitz. The work is dedicated to Count Moritz von Fries. At the premiere of this work in December 1813 Beethoven remarked that it was one of his best works. The second movement – the “Allegretto” – became so popular that audiences demanded an encore. Today the “Allegretto” is often performed separately.

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Symphony No. 7 – Allegretto (Beethoven) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

About the Composer of “Allegretto” from Symphony No. 7

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. To this day he remains one of the most respected and played composers in the history of Western music. His works span the Classical period to Romantic period.

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Practicing Music: The Magic Recipe

Most music students practice too fast. 

The result is:

1) Very little is accomplished.

2) Fingers are poorly trained.

I tell my students:

“Practice slow enough to play it right the first time.”

It’s not always possible, but getting it right the first time can happen far more often if you pick the right goal and the right tempo.

What’s the Right Goal?

The right goal is different for every student and with every piece of music. 

It might be…

An eight measure phrase

A two measure phrase

A two measure phrase, right hand only

Three notes with the correct fingers

If you always keep the bigger goal in mind – “Practice slow enough to play it right the first time” – chances are you’ll figure out if you’re making good choices quickly. You students are playing the music correctly or they’re not.

What’s the Right Tempo?

The right tempo is the tempo that helps your students play it right the first time.

For a first read through of a students weekly lesson music Quarter Note = 60 always seems to be a good starting point. When you start tackling each phrase, the practice tempo may need to be even slower.

When it comes to drilling the music for a recital, the right tempo may mean exploring part of the metronome students rarely visit – slower than Quarter Note = 60 or maybe Eighth Note = 60.

Practicing, in part, is training muscle memory. If your fingers are only trained enough to play a phrase at a moderate tempo, they will fail at a faster tempo. If your fingers are trained perfectly at a very slow tempo, playing very fast will be easy. It just happens.

I’ve had students surprise themselves!

Let me know what happens when you try this strategy with your students.

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Charleston – Easy Piano Sheet Music

“The Charleston” is a dance named after the city of Charleston in South Carolina. The rhythm of this dance inspired composer & pianist James Johnson to write his tune “Charleston” for his Broadway show, Runnin’ Wild (1923). The “Charleston” soon became the unofficial anthem of the “Roaring Twenties.”

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Charleston – Easy Piano Sheet Music

About the Composer of “Charleston”

James P. Johnson (1894-1955) was an American pianist and composer. He pioneered the stride piano style and was one of the most important pianists of the early era of recording. Along with Jelly Roll Morton, Johnson was considered a key figure in the evolution of ragtime. Johnson also influenced jazz greats like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, and Fats Waller. Johnson composed many hit songs, including his unofficial anthem of the Roaring Twenties, “The Charleston,” and was acknowledged as the king of New York jazz pianists through most of the 1930s. Johnson’s artistry and influence on early popular music, as well as contributions to musical theatre are often overlooked, which lead musicologist David Schiff to call Johnson, “The Invisible Pianist.”

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Fly Me to the Moon – Easy Piano Sheet Music

“Fly Me to the Moon”, was written in 1954 by composer and pianist, Bart Howard (1915-2004). American actress, comedian, and singer, Kaye Ballard (1925-2019) was the first to record his song. The most successful version is Frank Sinatra’s for his 1964 album “It Might as Well Be Swing,” which is closely associated with the Apollo Moon missions. In 1999, the Songwriters Hall of Fame honored Bart Howard by inducting this song.

Bart Howard accompanied cabaret singers on the piano as his regular job, but also enjoyed writing songs. Cole Porter was his idol, so many of his songs were written with his song writing style in mind. In response to a publisher, Howard wrote a cabaret ballad called “In Other Words.” The publisher suggested that he change the lyric from “fly me to the moon” to “take me to the moon,” but Howard decided to stick with his first idea.

Using his position as pianist and presenter at the Blue Angel cabaret, Howard promoted his song with notable singers like Felicia Sanders. However it was the arrangement by Quincy Jones that changed the meter from 3/4 to 4/4 and Frank Sinatra’s 1964 recording with the Count Basie Orchestra that made “Fly Me to the Moon” a song known around the world.

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Fly Me to the Moon – Easy Piano Sheet Music

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Theme from Jurassic Park – Sheet Music with Piano Accompaniment

It’s fun to play music with your friends! Print this arrangement of the opening theme from Jurassic Park by American composer, John Williams, and start jamming with your Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Violin, Viola and Cello playing band and orchestra members!

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Theme from Jurassic Park – Flute & Piano
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Theme from Jurassic Park – Viola & Piano
Theme from Jurassic Park – Cello & Piano

About the Composer of the Theme from Jurassic Park

John Williams, composer of the Jaws Movie theme, has been writing music for over six decades. Have you seen Home Alone, E.T. Extra-terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Superman, and the first three Harry Potter films? These are just a few of the movies for which John Williams has composed musical scores. John Williams described his Jaws theme as “grinding away at you, just as a shark would do, instinctual, relentless, unstoppable.” John Williams has also composed concertos, sports event and news channel themes, such as the themes for the 1984 Summer Olympics and NBC Sunday Night Football. John Williams has written the scores for most of Stephen Spielberg’s feature films. He also served as the principal conductor for the Boston Pops orchestra from 1980 to 1993, and is currently the laureate conductor. John Williams has received 51 Academy nominations, with only Walt Disney receiving more.

Jurassic Park Quiz

Q1 What DNA is used to complete missing dinosaur genomes? 

Frog DNA are used to fill in missing genomes.

Q2 What is the name of the author of the book Jurassic Park is based on? 

Michael Crichton

Q3 What is the name of the country Jurassic Park is located in?

The film set is on a fictional island near Costa Rica.

Q4 What theory does mathematician Ian Malcolm use to predict the park collapse

Chaos Theory. The theory says small differences in initial conditions can result in widely divergent outcomes which will make a long-term prediction of the outcome impossible to predict.

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La Vie en Rose – Easy Piano Sheet Music

La Vie en Rose, which is French for ‘Life in pink’, is the signature song of French singer Édith Piaf. The song was written in 1945 and released as a single in 1947. It quickly became a hit in the United States when seven versions of the song reached the Billboard charts in 1950. The recordings included versions by Bing Crosby Dean Martin, and Louis Armstrong. In later years versions by Bette Midler, Donna Summer, and Lady Gaga would be recorded.

This arrangement of La Vie en Rose is perfect for the intermediate piano student. It offers an opportunity to teach students about stride piano (a jazz piano style in which the right hand plays the melody while the left hand alternates between a single note and a higher chord), and swing rhythms. There are also many opportunities to refine their musical expression skills, as it’s such a delicate piece.

Print the first page for your student and give it a try. If they like it, ask them to purchase the arrangement on MusicNotes.

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La Vie en Rose – Easy Piano Sheet Music

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Memory (Cats) – Easy Piano Sheet Music

Not many Broadway tunes are better than Memory from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. In fact when I did a search for the best Broadway songs Memory ranked #6 in TimeOut.com’s blog post, 50 Best Broadway Songs Ever. Songs as popular as this find their way into the subculture of kids and they become songs that must be played.

If you’re looking for an easy piano arrangement that kids will enjoy practicing and performing, this arrangement is perfect! The key is manageable – introducing students to the key of Bb, the length is great with lots of repeated material at the octave – so it’s fresh but not another challenge, and the left hand isn’t overly busy – like most arrangements of Memory tend to be.

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Memory (Cats) – Easy Piano Sheet Music

About “Cats” The Musical

Cats is a modern musical composed by English theater composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is based on the Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (1939), a poetry collection by American/British poet, T. S. Eliot. The musical production tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles. The story centers around the night they decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside layer and return to a new life. As of 2022, Webber’s Cats continues to be the 4th longest-running Broadway show and the 6th longest-running show in London’s West End.

How to Make Money with your Music Studio Website

14 Top Music Affiliate Programs for 2022

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Playground Sessions is a music-learning technology company headquartered in New York City, that focuses on teaching people how to play the piano. The company develops an at-home piano learning application that combines interactive expert videos with learning science and artificial intelligence. Contact them for more information.

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Yellow Submarine (Beatles) – Easy Piano Sheet Music

“Yellow Submarine” is a a children’s song by Paul McCartney and John Lennon. It was performed by the English rock band the Beatles and is recorded on their from their 1966 album, Revolver. As a single it went to number one on the charts in the United Kingdom, several European countries, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. In the United States “Yellow Submarine” peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song inspired the 1968 animated film of the same name – Yellow Submarine – and the song appeared as the opening track on the soundtrack album. The film was directed by animation producer George Dunning, and produced by United Artists and King Features Syndicate. The Beatles themselves said they would provide would voice the characters. However, in the final version of the film the Beatles only performed the songs and participated in the final scene of the film. The film received widespread acclaim from critics and audiences alike. John Lennon later said of the film, “I think it’s a great movie, it’s my favorite Beatle movie.”

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About the Beatles

The Beatles, an English rock band from Liverpool, England, was formed in 1960. The band included John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The band rose quickly to success, first in England and then in the United States. They are widely regarded as the most influential rock band of all time. Their sound included elements of classical music and traditional pop. From a rather simple beginning, the band later explored music styles, including ballads, Indian music, psychedelia and hard rock. The band also pioneered recording techniques and made strides in artistic presentation.

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Duel of the Fates (Star Wars) – Easy Piano Sheet Music

“Duel of the Fates” from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a musical theme recurs in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. The theme was composed by American composer and conductor, John Williams, and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Voices.

The lyrics that John Williams chose are based an archaic Welsh poem Cad Goddeu (Battle of the Trees).

The music video for “Duel of the Fates”, which also featured the London Symphony Orchestra made them the only classical group to ever be featured on MTV’s Total Request Live. The “Duel of the Fates” video stayed on the countdown list for 11 days.

Want your kids to practice more? Choosing music that they love is the best way to accomplish that.

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The following easy piano sheet music is available on MusicNotes. If you’d like to check it out before you purchase it, you can print the first page or use the website audio player to listen to the first page. This arrangement is ideal for piano students with at least one year of piano lessons.

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