Here’s a great resource for your young piano student. This free printable book includes 10 for Tchaikovsky’s most popular works. They’ve all been wonderfully arranged for easy through intermediate piano.

Get Tchaikovsky | Free Printable Piano Book (Easy/Intermediate)

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Contents of the Edition
Biography for Kids
Trepak (The Nutcracker Ballet)
March Slav
Arabian Dance (The Nutcracker Ballet)
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker Ballet)
Chinese Dance (The Nutcracker Ballet)
March of the Nutcracker (The Nutcracker Ballet)
Swan Lake (Swan Lake Ballet)
Dance of the Cygnets (Swan Lake Ballet)
1812 Overture
Romeo and Juliet Love Theme (Romeo and Juliet)

Read About Composer

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer whose works included symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, chamber music, and a choral setting of the Russian Orthodox Divine Liturgy. Some of these are among the most popular theatrical music in the classical repertoire. He was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally, which he bolstered with appearances as a guest conductor later in his career in Europe and the United States…. Read more on Wikipedia

Here’s a jazzy piece for easy/intermediate piano students. It’s a great opportunity to practice the swing style, and the perfect addition to lesson curriculum for 3rd-5th year students.

Free Sheet Music
Alexander’s Ragtime Band for Intermediate/Level 4 Piano Solo

 

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Here’s a piece for easy/intermediate piano students. Interested in reading a little about the piece? I’ve included an excerpt from Wikipedia below, and a link so you can read more on the site.

Free Sheet Music
Romeo and Juliet (Love Theme) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo

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About Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet is an orchestral work composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It is styled an Overture-Fantasy, and is based on Shakespeare’s play of the same name. Like other composers such as Berlioz and Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky was deeply inspired by Shakespeare and wrote works based on The Tempest and Hamlet as well… Read more on Wikipedia.org

Here’s a fun and jazzy song for intermediate piano students. It’s easy to play, and a great choice to introduce students to swing eighth notes.

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Free Sheet Music

Erie Canal for Easy Piano Solo

 

About the Erie Canal
The Erie Canal, in New York state, extends from the Hudson River to Lake Erie, connecting the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

Lyrics
I’ve got a mule,
Her name is Sal,
Fifteen years on the Erie Canal.
She’s a good old worker
And a good old pal,
Fifteen years on the Erie Canal.
We’ve hauled some barges in our day
Filled with lumber, coal and hay
And ev’ry inch of the way I know
From Albany to Buffalo.

Low Bridge, ev’rybody down,
For it’s Low Bridge,
We’re coming to a town!
You can always tell your neighbor,
You can always tell your pal,
If you’ve ever navigated
On the Erie Canal.
Low Bridge, ev’rybody down,
For it’s Low Bridge,
We’re coming to a town!
You can always tell your neighbor,
You can always tell your pal,
If you’ve ever navigated
On the Erie Canal.

Looking for an app to drill basic theory skills? This iPad app from Alfred Music is a great pick for beginning students.

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Download Music for Little Mozarts App

Review

The app provides drill and practice activities for:

  • Distinguishing between High and Low Sounds
  • Melodic Direction (Up or Down)
  • Rhythmic Identification (Simple Rhythms)
  • Notes Naming Skill Development

Other notable features for this app include a point system rewards students for correct answers, and cute watercolor animals that are sure to be a hit with kids. It would be nice to see app developed that meet the growing needs of students as they progress through the Alfred series piano books.

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More Recommended Apps

MMF! Piano Primer App | Download on Apple App Store
Treble Clef Kids | Download on Apple App Store

Looking for a fun way to drill note names and keyboard key names? Treble Clef kids has been a go-to solution for my students, and may be just what the doctor ordered for you and your students.

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Download Treble Clef Kids | iPad App

Review

While the graphics fall a bit short, the value of the the drill and practice activities are worth the price of the app. The cheering and the funny sounds for wrong answers add an element of fun. It would also be nice to see a  scoring system added to engage the kids a bit more.

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More Recommended Apps

MMF! Piano Primer App | Download on Apple App Store
Music for Little Mozarts | Download on Apple App Store

Dance of the Cygnets is a dance movement from Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake. The dance is from the ballet’s second act. The French translation of the original title means “Dance of the Little Swans.”

If you enjoy the music of Tchaikovsky, and have been playing the piano for a few years, this arrangement of this piece from Swan Lake will present a wonderful challenge.

Download Dance of the Cygnets by Tchaikovsky | Free Sheet Music for Piano

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