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Phantom of the Opera – Easy Piano Sheet Music

The music of Andrew Lloyd Webber is always a hit with young piano students, and when they like a piece of music they practice more!

Featured in this post is an arrangement of the main title song from Phantom of the Opera. This arrangement is easy to play and fun to learn, and it’s perfect for piano students with 3-5 years of study. MusicNotes allows you to print the first page if you want to try it out. You can also listen to the first page of the sheet music with their sheet music player.

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Want to learn more about the composer of Phantom of the Opera?

The following resources are FREE to watch, print, share… whatever you want to do. Start with this adorable popsicle stick animated video about Andrew Lloyd Webber. It highlights his childhood and four of his most popular musical theater productions.

Andrew Lloyd Webber Worksheets

Share this FREE crossword puzzle worksheet with your kids or music classroom students to drill what they learned from the Meet Andrew Lloyd Webber composer biography video.

Andrew Lloyd Webber – Crossword Puzzle

Another option is this FREE Andrew Lloyd Webber word search worksheet. To make the most of this worksheet, print the Hey Kids, Meet Andrew Lloyd Webber Biography on MakingMusicFun.net. Your students need the biography to read and review in order to identify the the important stuff about Lloyd webber – in other words the keywords. The keywords that they find are the words that they will be searching for in this word search worksheet. It’s a win-win with this worksheet. Your kids will be reviewing what they learned about Andrew Lloyd Webber and building their reading skills!

Andrew Lloyd Webber – Word Search Worksheet

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Antonio Vivaldi – Composer Unit and Biography for Kids

Check out this entertaining popsicle stick theater production from the MakingMusicFun.net academy. It is one of a collection of composer video biographies. This lesson features Italian Baroque composer Antonio Lucio Vivaldi. This is a great foundation for your next composer unit.

Begin by watching the Antonio Vivaldi composer video lesson with your students. Explore the supporting resources, including the FREE printable study guide. Your students will have fun completing the FREE Meet Vivaldi word search and “Meet the Composer” Job Application worksheet.

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Print the FREE Meet Antonio Vivaldi Study Guide 

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Read the “Hey Kids, Meet Antonio Vivaldi Composer Biography”

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FREE Vivaldi Lesson Worksheets

Meet Vivaldi | Free Word Search Worksheet

Check out the FREE Meet Vivaldi word search worksheet. Tell your kids or students how many words there are to search for and then let them go to work finding the keywords from the Meet Antonio Vivaldi composer biography.

Meet Vivaldi | Free Word Search Worksheet

Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet

Have fun with this job application worksheet for Antonio Vivaldi! Fill out this composer job application with facts your students learn by reading the Meet Antonio Vivaldi biography.

“Meet the Composer” Job Application Worksheet

The Translation of “Spring” and “Winter” Sonnets

Some scholars think that Vivaldi’s Four Seasons was inspired by sonnets that he wrote himself. Armand D’Angour, a British scholar and musician, translated the sonnets in 2017.

SPRING

Springtime has now arrived, and full of cheer
The birds greet her return with festive song,
And streams caressed by breaths of western breezes
With gentle murmuration flow along.
Casting a dark mantle over heaven,
Come thunder, lightning, harbingers of spring:
They die away to silence, and the songbirds
Take up their tuneful strain once more and sing.
Now in the lovely meadow, filled with flowers,
Under the branches rustling overhead
The goat-herd sleeps, his faithful dog beside him.
Led by the festive sound of rustic bagpipes,
The nymphs and shepherds lightly dance and sing
Beneath the brilliant canopy of spring.

WINTER

In icy snow we tremble from the cold,
Caught by the bristling wind with its harsh breath;
We run and stamp our feet at every moment,
With teeth a-chatter, cold as very death;
Or by the fire we sit content and happy
While outside pours down a torrential squall,
And tread across the ice with careful footsteps,
Cautious from fear that we might trip and fall;
We turn abruptly, slip, and crash down earthwards,
Then rising, hasten on across the ice
In case the surface cracks and breaks apart.
Through bolted doors we hear the winds competing,
Sirocco, North Wind, all the winds at war:
It’s winter, but it brings us joy for sure.

To read the entire translation of Vivaldi’s Four Sonnets, visit the site of Armand D’Angour.

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The Meet Vivaldi video features sheet music from MakingMusicFun.net. Visit the links below to print the piano sheet music:

Spring (Four Seasons) for Easy Piano Sheet Music

Autumn (Four Seasons) for Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 

Fun Antonio Vivaldi Factoids

  • There was an earthquake that shook Venice the day Vivaldi was born.
  • J.S. Bach was an admirer of Vivaldi’s music.
  • Vivaldi composed 500 concertos, 90 sonatas, 46 operas, and many sacred choral works.
  • He was a very good violin player.
  • Some of Vivaldi’s music is lost or hidden, but new pieces are discovered all of the time!
  • A chronic shortness of breath prevented Vivaldi from mastering wind instruments.

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Patriotic Music Sheet Music for Beginner and Easy Piano

Americans are proud of their United States and have lots of great songs to show this. Patriotic music has been written to make people feel proud and courageous from the times of the founding fathers in the 18th century to the present day. A sense of patriotism (love of ones country) is part and parcel of American history and culture. Patriotic hymns, national anthems, military and theatrical music are all ways to show deep love for the nation. Patriotic songs in the early days were sung by the British settlers and reflected their hopes and dreams. Some of these were re-written with new words to familiar tunes as the United States grew. Patriotic songs arose from the conflicts that made America independent and great.

The ‘Star Spangled Banner’

‘The Star Spangled Banner’ is sung in school assemblies, at sports events and gatherings of all sorts. It is part of who we are as Americans. In 1814, Francis Key wrote a poem inspired by the flag that hung triumphantly over Fort McHenry during the naval battle of Baltimore, known as the ‘Star Spangled Banner’. Like a number of other American songs the poem was set to a familiar tune called, the Anacreon Heaven, written by John Stafford Smith for a London based social music club for men. The song became the official song of the United States Navy in 1889, President Woodrow Wilson endorsed it in 1916, and in 1931 it officially became the American National Anthem, agreed by congress and signed by President Herbert Hoover. The song is symbolic of what it means to be an American. *Anacreon was a Greek poet who wrote short songs.

About the Composer of ‘Star Spangled Banner’

John Stafford Smith (1750 1721) was born in Gloucester, England. He was a composer, musicologist and organist. He had a firm grounding in music, he followed in his fathers footsteps as church organist. As a child he sang in the Gloucester Cathedral School choir. He was one of the first collectors of Johann Sebastian Bach manuscripts. He wrote the Anacreonic song which later became known as ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ the patriotic song we known as the American National Anthem.

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Lyrics for ‘Star Spangled Banner’

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

History for ‘Yankee Doodle’

‘Yankee Doodle’ is a song that has a long history, it is not known who wrote it. The tune to this popular song is thought to be very old, possibly medieval. A 15th century Dutch version with lyrics for a harvest song, form the basis to the modern song, including the word “dudel” which roughly translates as a simpleton. Macaroni is a reference to a 17th century wig and a dandy was a superficial, vain person, someone who was focussed on his appeareance and having a good time. A self made British Dandy was a middle class man who pretended he was from a higher class than he was, someone who put on airs and graces and impersonated the aristcracy. They tended to wear fancy silk and put feathers in their caps. There may be a number of underlying themes in this song.

About the Composer of ‘Yankee Doodle’

This tune is hard to pin down to a particular author. It is thought to have had several versions, possibly originating as a song written by the pre American revolution British to mock the American soldiers. It is likely that the current version was written by Edward Bangs in 1776.

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Lyrics for ‘Yankee Doodle’

Yankee Doodle went to town
Riding on a pony,
Stuck a feather in his cap
And called it macaroni.
Yankee Doodle, keep it up
Yankee Doodle dandy,
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

Father and I went down to camp
Along with Captain Gooding,
And there we saw the men and boys
As thick as hasty pudding.
Yankee Doodle, keep it up
Yankee Doodle dandy,
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

There was Captain Washington
Upon a slapping stallion,
Giving orders to his men
I guess there were a million.
Yankee Doodle, keep it up
Yankee Doodle dandy,
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

Yankee Doodle went to town
Riding on a pony,
Stuck a feather in his cap
And called it macaroni.
Yankee Doodle, keep it up
Yankee Doodle dandy,
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

Yankee Doodle, keep it up
Yankee Doodle dandy,
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

Alternate Lyrics for ‘Yankee Doodle’

Yankee Doodle went to town
Riding on a pony,
Stuck a feather in his cap
And called it macaroni.

Yankee Doodle went to town
Riding on a pony,
He stuck his head in a beauty shop
And came out with a Toni.

Original Dutch Lyrics for ‘Yankee Doodle’

Yanker, didel, doodle down,
Diddle, dudel, lanther, 
Yanke viver, voover vown,
Botermilk und tanther.

‘We Love You America’ 

‘We Love You America’ is a simple American Patriotic song . It is an easy song to sing and play which is great for building confidence for beginner musicians.

About the Composer of ‘We Love You America’

Andrew Fling was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1963. As a child he played clarinet and trumpet in the school band. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition and K-12 music education certification at Arizona State University. He shares his love of music with kids through music lessons, general music and band in Christian and public schools, and through this website which he founded in 2007.

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Lyrics for ‘We Love You America’

We love you America,
Atlantic to Pacific.
We love you America,
We think you are terrific.

‘America the Beautiful’

Katherine Bates was inspired to write the words for this song in 1883 on a trip to teach summer school in Colorado Springs. She saw and wrote about white buildings at “White City”, the ” World Colombian Exposition” in Chicago, fields growing wheat in Kansas and scenery, including Pikes Peak. Pikes peak was the original name of the poem. It was first published in 1895 for the 4th of July.

About the Composer of ‘America the Beautiful’

America the Beautiful’ was set to music by Samual Ward (1848-1903), who was born in Newark, New Jersey. He studied music, wrote hymns, founded the Orpheus Club of Newark and was an organist at Grace Episcopal Church. ‘From Sea to Shining Sea’ is an American idiom referring to the land stretching between the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. A God given land whose beauty is written about in the poem ‘America’ by Katherine Bates, which inspired Samual Ward to set it to music. This became the patriotic song ‘America the Beautiful’. Strange but true, although they lived at the same time, they never actually met! Samual Ward died a year before the song became popular and ironically Katherine Bates did lived to see it.

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Lyrics for ‘America the Beautiful’

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain.
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassion’d stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.
America! America!
God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self control,
Thy liberty in law.O beautiful for heroes prov’d
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country lov’d
And mercy more than life.
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine.O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years,
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears.
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.

‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’

‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’, also known as ‘Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory’, is an American Civil War song written by American writer Julia Howe and set to the old song ‘John Brown’s Body’. The song was written during the American Civil war and sung as a Protestant Christian ‘Camp’ song. It has half a century of history written in a few words and is about the good spiritual morals of America.
It is a religious worship hymn, battle march and social activist chant rolled in one. It sounds like a spiritual, an echoe perhaps of its roots, the song Howe may have heard Unionist troops sing as they marched. A song about a man, John Brown who tried to start a slave rebellion, ‘John Brown’s Body’inspired her to write the lyrics which united the abolition of slavery with religeous righteousness. To this day it represents the moral view, be good and God will welcome you in heaven.

About the Composer of ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’

William Steffe (1830-1890) was born in South Carolina. He is attributed with writing down the music for the song we know today as ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’ in about 1856. It was a camp-meeting song which brought people together and lifted their spirits to God “Glory Hallelujah.” The tune became the Unionist marching song in the American Civil War. William Steffe was a South-Carolina born Philadelphia bookkeeper and insurance agent as well as a composer.

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Lyrics for ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps;
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps,
His day is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

I have read His fiery gospel writ in rows of burnished steel!
“As ye deal with my condemners, so with you My grace shall deal!
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,”
Since God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat;
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him; be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me;
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free!
While God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

The Minstrel Boy’ (Moore)

Many Americans are proud of their Irish roots. ‘The Minstrel Boy‘ by Thomas Moore (1779-1852) is thought to have written this patriotic piece in memory of friends from Trinity College, Dublin, who fought in the 1798 Irish Rebellion. The ‘Minstrel Boy’ is a patriotic song set to the melody of ‘The Moreen’ which is an old Irish Air. It was a popular song sung by Irishmen during the American Civil War and continued to be sung in WWI. It is sung to this day, especially where there is a strong historical link to Irish-Americans. Many organisations with these links, such as police and firefighters sing it today.

About the Composer of ‘The Minstrel Boy’

Thomas Moore (1779-1852) was born in Ireland. He was a poet, singer, songwriter and entertainer. He acted in plays and enjoyed music and the performing arts. He wrote ‘The Minstrel Boy’ and also the well known song ‘Rose of Summer’. He was given the nickname of “Anacreon Moore” as he was required to burn Lord Byrons memoirs when he died. Thomas Moore considered becoming an actor, but in the end became a lawyer. Strange but true, Thomas Moore went to several different schools in Dublin and learned to speak with an English accent, he adopted it and spoke with an English accent for the rest of his life. He was friends with students who looked for French support to drum up a revolution against the British, they tried but failed. Thomas Moore is known for writing a collection of Irish Melodies as well as the patriotic song
‘The Minstrel Boy’ .

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Lyrics for ‘The Minstrel Boy’

The minstrel boy to the war is gone
In the ranks of death you’ll find him
His father’s sword he has girded on
And his wild harp slung behind him
“Land of Song!” said the warrior bard
Tho’ all the world betrays thee
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard
One faithful harp shall praise thee!

The Minstrel fell! But the foeman’s chain
Could not bring his proud soul under
The harp he wore ne’er spoke again
For he tore its chords asunder
And said “No chains shall sully thee
Thou soul of love and bravery!
Thy songs were made for the pure and free
They shall never sound in slavery!”

‘You’re A Grand Old Flag’

Your’e a Grand Old Flag‘ is sung at Scout meetings all around America. It is a tribute to the American Flag and contains references to a number of other patriotic songs. A popular version with slightly different words is the anthem for Melbourne Football club. George Cohen wrote this marching song for his stage musical ‘George Washington, Jr’ . The title is said to have arisen from meeting a Civil War veteran who held a folded flag which he referred to as “A grand old rag”, Cohen took this and coined the phrase ‘Your’e a Grand Old Flag’. The song was recorded with the original wording and the veteran is penned into the play. The song hit musical the heights in popularity and hit a record, becoming the first song from a musical ever sell over a million copies of sheet music!

About the composer:’You’re A Grand Old Flag’ (Cohen)

George Cohen(1878-1942) was born in Providence Rhode Island, but his birth certificate is said to have contained two mistakes, his date of birth and his mothers name! So sometimes things are not quite what they seem, his family say he was born on the American Patriotic day July 4th, Independance Day. Whether true or not, it is perhaps fitting for a man who would later composed the patriotic song as ‘You’re a Grand Old Flag’. He was an American composer, playwright, lyracist, actor, singer, dancer, in short a multitalented all round entertainer. His career began as part of a vaudeveille act ‘The Four Cohens’ which was a family performance group. He was a prolific composer. He wrote more than three dozen Bradway musicals and over 300 songs. He was an early member of ASCAP the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Because he did so much for American musical theatre, there is a famous statue of him in Tyne Square.

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Lyrics for ‘You’re a Grand Old Flag’

There’s a feeling come a stealing
And it sets my brain a reeling,
When I’m list’ning to the music
Of a military band.
Any tune like “Yankee Doodle”
Simply sets me off my noodle,
It’s that patriotic something
That no one can understand.
“Way down South in the land of cotton,”
Melody untiring,
Ain’t that inspiring!
Hurrah! Hurrah!
We’ll join the jubilee,
And that’s going some
For the Yankees, by gum!
Red, White and Blue,
I am for you,
Honest you’re a grand old flag.

You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag,
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of
The land I love,
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev’ry heart beats true
Under Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag;
But should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

I’m a cranky hanky panky,
I’m a dead square honest Yankee,
And I’m mighty proud of that old flag
That flies for Uncle Sam.
Though I don’t believe in raving,
Ev’ry time I see it waving,
There’s a chill runs up my back
That makes me glad I’m what I am.
Here’s a land with a million soldiers,
That’s if we should need ’em,
We’ll fight for freedom!
Hurrah! Hurrah!
For ev’ry Yankee Tar
And old G. A. R.*
Ev’ry stripe, ev’ry star,
Red, White and Blue,
Hats off to you,
Honest, you’re a grand old flag.

You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag,
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of
The land I love,
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev’ry heart beats true
Under Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag;
But should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

‘When Johnny Comes Marching Home’

When Johnny Comes Marching Home ‘ was written by Patrick Gilmore an Irish-American, during the American Civil War. It was to become the theme tune for the 1942 musical of the same name. It was originally written under the pen name of Louis Lambert, a fashionable thing to do at that time. It is thought to be a song born from something heard and the circumstance of
Gilmore’s sister waiting for her sweetheart, a Unionist in that war.

About the Composer of ‘When Johnny Comes Marching Home’

Louis Lambert aka Patrick Gilmore(1829-1892) was born in Ballygar, County Galway, Ireland. He is known for his contributions to military music. At fifteen he played in an English band in Canada.He played in various bands and was a band leader, he played at President Buchanan’s inuaguration.
He founded his own band in 1858 and soon joined the war. He fought alongside General Burnside in North Carolina and was later put in charge of re-organizing military music, and given the title Band Master General. He organized Big Band extravaganzas and wrote the 22nd Regiment March. He set up what is now known as Maddison Square Gardens. He was a key figure in 19th century music. He founded the military music of today with his innovation of setting brass against reed instruments. In 1970 he was added to the Songwriters Hall of fame.

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‘When Johnny Comes Marching Home’ 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.The old church bell will peal with joy
Hurrah! Hurrah!
To welcome home our darling boy,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The village lads and lassies say
With roses they will strew the way,
And we’ll all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home.Get ready for the Jubilee,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
We’ll give the hero three times three,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The laurel wreath is ready now
To place upon his loyal brow
And we’ll all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home.Let love and friendship on that day,
Hurrah, hurrah!
Their choicest pleasures then display,
Hurrah, hurrah!
And let each one perform some part,
To fill with joy the warrior’s heart,
And we’ll all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home

Patriotic Music Quiz

Q1 Who wrote the song ‘The Star Spangled Banner’?

A1 Francis Key wrote the song.

Q2 The ‘Battle Song of The Republic’ is also known as?

A2 ‘Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory’

Q3 Patrick Gilmore aka Louis Lambert first set Brass instruments with?

A3 Reed instruments.

Q4 Why is there a statue of George Cohen in Tyne Square?

A4 Because he did so much for American musical theatre.

Q5 The word anacreon is associated with which two composers?

A5 Stafford and Moore.

Interested in playing a few of the greatest patriotic songs ever? This post includes a wonderful collection of beginner and easy piano sheet music and lyrics for the patriotic songs that inspire us.

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Somewhere In My Memory (Home Alone) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Somewhere In My Memory is from the official soundtrack of the 1990 box office hit American Christmas comedy, Home Alone. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as the protagonist Kevin McCallister, who was accidentally left behind by his family as they were about to fly to Paris for their Christmas vacation. All alone in their home in Chicago, Kevin has to fend for himself as he tries to protect their home from burglars. The film was the highest-grossing live action comedy film in the United States as well as worldwide until 2011.

With over $400 million as its gross earnings, it is no wonder that the film garnered several awards and nominations including one for the film’s soundtrack. Its nominations include an Academy Award for Best Original Score and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

The soundtrack was composed by John Williams and was released by Sony Classical on December 4,1990. The film’s director, Chris Columbus, originally wanted Bruce Broughton to score the film’s soundtrack but a prior commitment kept him from the engagement. Columbus then contacted Steven Spielberg who helped him connect with Williams to produce the score. Somewhere In My Memory quickly became a hit with professional choirs to school bands and orchestras for their annual Christmas concerts.

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About the Composer of ‘Somewhere In My Memory’

John Williams is an American composer renowned for his works for the cinema, creating film scores for several box office hit movies, including Home Alone, Jaws, Close Encounters, Indiana Jones series, and the first three Harry Potter films.

John Williams has won 24 Grammy awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Academy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. He is also the second most nominated individual following behind Walt Disney. In 2000, Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame. Of the top 20 highest grossing films of all time, Williams was the composer for eight of those movies.

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My Favorite Things (Sound of Music) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

My Favorite Things is a show tune performed by the character Maria in Rogers and Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music (1959).

The song is quite popular that it finished at number 64 on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Songs. Numerous stage productions have been made of the musical but the most notable one was of a 1965 film adaptation of the musical where actress Julie Andrews sang the song during a scene in her bedroom where she was surrounded by kids listening to her sing.

In the original Broadway musical, the song was sung in Mother Abbess’ office just before she sends Maria off to become a governess to Captain Von Trapp’s children. However, the film’s screenwriter Ernest Lehman made a shift in the film adaptation and ended up with “My Favorite Things” being played in the now iconic thunderstorm scene. It replaced the “The Lonely Goatherd” in the scene, which became a precedent for other productions to do the same as well.

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About the Composer of My Favorite Things

The song was written by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II, collectively known as the Rogers and Hammerstein duo. Rogers was a renowned American composer and was considered the most significant composer of the 20th century. With over 900 songs and 43 Broadway musicals, he was the first person to win an EGOT, which stands for an Emmy, Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony award. He also received a Pulitzer Prize, making him one of only two people to receive all five awards.

Oscar Hammerstein II was an American theater director and producer. He also had his fair share of accomplishments with eight (8) Tony Awards and two (2) Academy Awards for Best Original Songs under his name. Rodgers and Hammerstein started collaborating when Rodger’s previous partner Lorenz Hart began having health problems. The duo’s first ever work was the groundbreaking musical titled Oklahoma! (1943). The team then went on to produce four more hits which were later on made into film adaptations. These include Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949), The King and I (1951), and The Sound of Music (1959).

With the duo’s collaboration, they were able to earn a total of 35 Tony Awards, 15 Academy Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes, two Grammy, and two Emmy Awards.

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Franz Joseph Haydn (Music Composer) | Free Famous Composer Coloring Page

Learn about one of the greatest composers of all time – Franz Joseph Haydn! Print this free coloring page, grab the crayons, and start the CD. Giving students an activity like this keeps them interested while allowing you to introduce the classics.

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Franz Joseph Haydn | Free Coloring Page

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Interested in learning more about Franz Joseph Haydn? Here are a few great resources for the elementary or jr. high musician:

Franz Joseph Haydn | Biography (MakingMusicFun.net)
Franz Joseph Haydn | Biography (DSOKids.com)

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“Surprise” Symphony | Listening Map
Franz Joseph Haydn | Word Search Worksheet
“Meet the Composer” Job Application | Worksheet

Free Music Lesson Plans

Haydn Surprise Symphony Listening and Activity Lesson Plan | Grade 3-4
Homeschool Music Lesson Plans for Franz Joseph Haydn

 

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Free Coloring Page | Scott Joplin (Ragtime Music Composer)

Learn about one of the greatest composers of all time – Scott Joplin! Print this free coloring page, grab the crayons, and start the CD. Giving students an activity like this keeps them interested while allowing you to introduce the classics.

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Scott Joplin | Free Coloring Page (MakingMusicFun.net)

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Interested in learning more about Scott Joplin? Here are a few great resources for the elementary or jr. high musician:

Scott Joplin | Biography (MakingMusicFun.net)

Scott Joplin | Biography (DSOKids.com)

Free Music Worksheets

Scott Joplin | Word Search Worksheet

“Meet the Composer” Job Application | Worksheet

Free Music Lesson Plans

Homeschool Music Lesson Plans for Scott Joplin

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Free Coloring Page | Johannes Brahms (Music Composer)

Learn about one of the greatest composers of all time – Johannes Brahms! Print this free coloring page, grab the crayons, and start the CD. Giving students an activity like this keeps them interested while allowing you to introduce the classics.

Download and Print Free Famous Composer Coloring Page

Johannes Brahms | Free Coloring Page (MakingMusicFun.net)

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Interested in learning more about Johannes Brahms? Here are a few great resources for the elementary or jr. high musician:

Johannes Brahms | Biography (DSOKids.com)

Johannes Brahms | Biography (MakingMusicFun.net)

Johannes Brahms | Free Word Search Worksheet (MakingMusicFun.net)

 ‘Meet the Composer’ Job Application Worksheet (MakingMusicFun.net)

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Famous Composer Scavenger Hunt | Free Music Lesson Plan Worksheet

Print a free Great Composer Scavenger Hunt worksheet from the MakingMusicFun.net website, and then introduce your kids to the great composers. You will need to head to the “Meet the Composer” Biographies to hunt for the facts.

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“Meet the Composer” Scavenger Hunt Worksheet

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Questions include:

Which composer’s music was performed by 50 musicians on one barge as the king
listened from his royal barge? _________________

and

Which composer sometimes forgot to attach his suspenders, only to have to hold his
pants up while conducting to keep them from falling down? _________________

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“Surprise” Symphony | Free Sheet Music, Lesson Plans and Resources

Perhaps more than any other music composer, Franz Joseph Haydn is known for his wit. The most popular example is found in his Surprise Symphony when his light simple melody is suddenly interrupted by a loud chord, “surprising” the audience.

The following collection of resources which focus Haydn and his Surprise Symphony are available on the MakingMusicFun.net website.  Check out the biography first and then branch out from there. Every one of these lesson ideas and printable resources are sure fire winners!

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Hey Kids, Meet Franz Joseph Haydn | Biography
Franz Joseph Haydn Printable Biography

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Free Easy Piano Sheet Music
“Surprise” Symphony for Easy/Level 2 Piano Solo

Free Music Lesson Worksheets
“Surprise” Symphony Listening Map
Franz Joseph Haydn Word Search
Franz Joseph Haydn Coloring Page

Free Music Lesson Plans
Haydn Surprise Symphony Listening and Activity Lesson Plan | Grade 3-4
Franz Joseph Haydn | Homeschool Lesson Plans

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