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Meet Andrew Lloyd Webber – Composer Biography for Kids (Video)

Want to teach your kids about music theater composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber? This all-in-one post will guide you to the best free and paid resources on the web. Included below is a video introduction created just for kids, free worksheets and piano sheet music to give them a hands-on music making experience.

Andrew Lloyd Webber – Composer Biography for Kids

Meet Andrew Lloyd Webber from the MakingMusicFun.net Piano Academy highlights Lloyd Webber’s early interest in theater and four of his most popular productions for the musical theater.

Phantom of the Opera – Title Song

This video features a clip from the 2004 film version of The Phantom of the performed by Emmy Rossum as Christine and Gerard Butler as The Phantom.

Get the Lloyd Webber Study Guide

Print this accompanying free Meet Andrew Lloyd Webber video study guide. It will help your kids get the most out of the lesson.

Meet Andrew Lloyd Webber Study Guide Worksheet

Andrew Lloyd Webber Crossword Puzzle

This crossword puzzle worksheet will help your kids review the facts presented in the Meet Andrew Lloyd Webber video lesson. Print away! It’s a FREE resource.

Andrew Lloyd Webber – Crossword Puzzle

This free word search worksheet is designed to help your kids review the facts about Andrew Lloyd Webber and build reading skills. Print the Hey Kids, Meet Andrew Lloyd Webber composer biography and the worksheet on MakingMusicFun.net. Your kids will be searching the biography for keywords. The keywords are the words they will be searching the worksheet for.

Andrew Lloyd Webber – Word Search Worksheet

Beginner and Easy Piano Sheet Music for Kids

The following beginner and easy piano sheet music arrangements are perfect for kids in their first year of piano lessons and throughout grade school. Providing arrangement like these to your piano teacher will give your kids a connection to the Andrew Lloyd Webber that far surpasses simply reading about him. His music also tends to encourage a higher level of excitement about learning a new piece.

All of these arrangements are available on MusicNotes. You can print the first page to give it a try. You can also listen to the first page of the arrangement to give you an idea as to what the music sounds like.

The Phantom of the Opera – Beginner Notes Piano Sheet Music

The Phantom of the Opera – Easy Piano Sheet Music

All I Ask of You (Phantom of the Opera) – Beginner Notes Piano Sheet Music

Any Dream Will Do (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) – Easy Piano

Memory (Cats) – Easy Piano Sheet Music

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Brahms – Composer Biography for Kids (FREE Video + Worksheets)

Want to learn about German great composer, Johannes Brahms? Get started with this popsicle stick theater production for kids from the MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy. If you’d like to dive in even more, I’ve included a collection of resources below the video to help you create a fantastically fun and engaging unit for your kids or music classroom students.

✅  Get the FREE Meet Brahms Study Guide

Get more out of this FREE MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy video, Meet Brahms | Composer Biography for Kids, print the free study guide. It provides a series of questions that will keep your kids listening and learning all the way through.

Click the following link to print the worksheet:

Johannes Brahms Video Study Guide

🔵  More Brahms Composer Resources

The Hey Kids, Meet Brahms composer biography from MakingMusicFun.net is a printable version of the composer video. Your students will find it useful for completing the worksheets.

EXCERPT: Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg, Germany on May 7, 1833. Johannes’ father, a town musician, gave him his first musical instruction. At the age of seven he studied piano with Otto Friedrich Willibald Cossel. Young Brahms gave concerts in Hamburg and worked playing piano in restaurants and theaters to help support his family. Read more on MakingMusicFun.net.

Want to give your kids a hands on music-making experience? Print the sheet music below and provide it to them or their music teacher. Don’t have a music teacher? Give the FREE piano lesson a try. All you need is a piano keyboard with full-sized keys!

Beginner/Easy Piano Sheet Music

Brahms’ Lullaby (Cradle Song) Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 3
Lullaby and Goodnight Beginner Piano Sheet Music/Level 1
Waltz in Ab for Piano Solo by Johannes Brahms
Hungarian Dance No. 1 Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5
Hungarian Dance No. 5 Beginner Piano Sheet Music/Level 1
Hungarian Dance No. 5 Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5

Free Easy Piano Lesson for Kids

Brahms’ Lullaby | Easy Piano Lesson for Kids

Beginner/Easy Guitar Sheet Music

Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Johannes Brahms for Beginner Guitar Solo (Tab)
Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Johannes Brahms for Easy Guitar Solo (Tab)

Band and Orchestra Sheet Music

Brahms’ Lullaby FREE Easy Flute Sheet Music
Brahms’ Lullaby FREE Easy Clarinet Sheet Music
Brahms’ Lullaby FREE Easy Alto Saxophone Sheet Music
Brahms’ Lullaby FREE Easy Trumpet Sheet Music
Brahms’ Lullaby FREE Easy Violin Sheet Music

Brahms Worksheets and Board Game

Brahms | Crossword Puzzle
Brahms | Word Search Worksheet
Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet
Brahms | Coloring Page
Beethoven at Bat™ | Music Composer Board Game

Homeschool Music Lesson Plans

Johannes Brahms | Homeschool Music Lesson Plans

Play the Meet Brahms Soundtrack

The Meet Brahms soundtrack features FREE and premium piano sheet music from MakingMusicFun.net. Click the links below to listen to and print the piano sheet music.

Brahms Lullaby | Easy/Level 3 Piano Sheet Music


Hungarian Dance No. 1 Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5

Hungarian Dance No. 5 | Easy Level 5 Piano Sheet Music

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Part of Your World – Easy Piano Sheet Music + FREE Piano Lesson for Kids

The Little Mermaid is one of Disney’s best animated features and the music is loved by kids around the world. “Part of Your World” from the film is one of the most popular songs from that movie.

The following piano sheet music arrangements are perfect for first year and advancing piano students that have taken at least two years of lessons. If you want to check out these piano arrangements out in more detail, click the links above the thumbnails to print the first page or click the play button to listen to a digital performance.

Learn How to Play “Part of Your World” with this Piano Tutorial

Here’s a step-by-step piano tutorial for kids from the MusicNotes Signature Artists YouTube Channel that will get them learning how to play “Part of Your World” from Disney’s The Little Mermaid in no time. After the lesson print the very easy piano sheet music arrangement (shown above) and keep practicing!

About The Little Mermaid (Movie)

The Little Mermaid, released in 1989, is animated feature film that was produced by the Walt Disney Animation Studios. It is Disney’s 28th animated feature film and is based Hans Christian Andersen short story of the same name. The Little Mermaid tells the story of Ariel, a mermaid who wants to become human. While swimming in the sea she sees and falls in love with prince Eric. To be with Eric, she makes a deal with Ursula, the sea witch, to become human. The Little Mermaid was released to critical acclaim and earned praise for the 2D animation, the music, and the characters.

About The Little Mermaid Music Score

Alan Menken, American composer, conductor and pianist, composed the music for The Little Mermaid. It was one of his first scores for the Walt Disney Animation Studios. Menken wrote Broadway-style music for the film, bringing a whole new sound to cartoons. One of the film’s most successful songs, “Part of Your World,” was almost cut from the movie when it tested poorly with kids, who were unfocused during the scene. Glen Keane, Ariel’s animator for the film, encouraged Disney to leave the song in until the film was more complete. The second test was a hit with children and song remained in the film.

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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.

Watch the Meet Vivaldi Video | Baroque Composer Biography for Kids

Print the FREE Meet Antonio Vivaldi Study Guide 

Visit the link below to print the FREE Meet Vivaldi study guide.

Meet Vivaldi | Free Study Guide

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

Click this link to read the Meet Antonio Vivaldi Biography

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.

Play the Piano Sheet Music from the Meet Vivaldi Composer Biography Video Lesson

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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He’s a Pirate | 2 Easy Piano Sheet Music Arrangements

Want music that kids LOVE to practice?

Pirates of the Caribbean movies offer several scores that kids enjoy practicing more than almost anything else. “He’s A Pirate” is one of most loved pieces, and these arrangements are sure to be winners with your kids. The first piano arrangement is considered very easy, and is scored in a way that gives kids a full sounding piece, while making it easy to learn and play. They second arrangement switches the time signature from 3/4 to 6/8 (the original time signature), but keeps almost everything else the same. If your kids are in Jr. High, and they haven’t practiced compound meter songs much – or at all, this arrangement would be a great place to start.

He’s A Pirate – Very Easy Piano Sheet Music (3/4 Meter)

He’s A Pirate – Easy Piano Sheet Music (6/8 Meter)

He’s A Pirate – Very Easy Piano Sheet Music Cover

Want to check out what the He’s A Pirate – Very Easy Piano Sheet Music sounds like before you buy it? The following video gives you a full performance. Make sure to bookmark this post so you can head back to it for help with the rhythms and fingerings.

About “Pirates of the Caribbean” (He’s a Pirate)

Pirates of the Caribbean started as a ride at Disneyland which opened in 1967. It was as one of the last rides that was overseen by Walt Disney himself. Since then Pirates of the Caribbean has become a series of movies, spin-off novels, video games, and more. The first movie to be released was The Curse of the Black Pearl in 2003. The movies had grossed $4.5 billion worldwide by 2019, and placed the movie franchise on the list of highest-grossing franchises of all-time.

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Christmas Time Is Here (Charlie Brown) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Looking for a new piece of sheet music to share with your piano students or play yourself?

“Christmas Time Is Here” is a Christmas standard written by Lee Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi for the television special A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965). It is based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. The special was one of the first animated Christmas specials created for network TV in the USA. There are two versions on the soundtrack album, including an instrumental version by Guaraldi and a choral version by the members of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in San Rafael, California.

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.

Print Christmas Time is Here | Easy Piano Sheet Music

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How to Win a Piano Competition

I’ve seen many amazing performances over my years of adjudicating music competitions. For this post I thought I’d share outline the things I consider when adjudicating a students performance. Hopefully this will be helpful to you for your next competition or just to play better at your next concert or recital.

Tips for Students

1) Select Music – Choose a piece that is right for you. The student that plays the fastest music or the music with the most notes isn’t always the one who gets the trophy. The perfect piece is the one you can play musically and with confidence. 

2) Daily Practice – Jamming all of your practice into the last few days before your performance can deliver good results – just not the best. You stand a far better chance of giving a perfect performance, if you practice consistently for several weeks or months before your performance. It will give your fingers and brain plenty of time to build muscle memory. 

3) Practice Very, Very Slowly – Most kids never discover their full potential – whatever age they are – because they don’t practice slowly. When I say “slowly,” I mean very, very slow. Practicing at a very slow tempo allows you to discover and work out flaws in your performance that might not be heard at a faster tempo.

I LOVE seeing the smiles that come over student’s faces when their potential is realized. All it requires is trading a few minutes of very slow practice.

4) Record Practice Performances – When you think your piece is fully prepared, record your performance and watch it. You’ll probably discover a few things you could improve on.

Here’s a checklist of things to consider in the order of importance.

a) Steady Beat – Are you playing with a steady beat? Every trophy winner that I’ve ever chosen has played with a steady beat – even if they missed notes. Every other musical element should get inline behind steady beat.

b) Dynamics – Some pieces don’t have many dynamics. If they do have dynamics, or your teacher feels dynamics should be added to make your piece more interesting, do your best to play them. It will make your performance stand out from the competition.

c) Note and Rhythms – Playing the right notes and rhythms is important. It’s where you start. Work every note and rhythm out very slowly, practicing with a steady beat. When you can get from the beginning to the end of your piece with few mistakes you’ll be ready to add dynamics.

It’s the attention the everything on this list separates an average musician from a superstar!

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Scott Joplin | Ragtime Composer Biography for Kids (Video)

This one of several popsicle stick theater productions that MakingMusicFun.net has been creating to enhance their great composer biographies and music academy lessons. This video features Scott Joplin, an American ragtime composer and pianist. It’s a fun resource to share with your kids as a music appreciation lesson or to include in a music classroom lesson.

Begin with the Meet Scott Joplin video. Next, check out the supporting resources provided below, including a FREE Scott Joplin composer study guide, Scott Joplin coloring page, Scott Joplin word search worksheet, and piano sheet music arrangements of his most popular rags.

Learn About Scott Joplin | Ragtime Composer

Get the Meet Scott Joplin Study Guide for FREE

Get more out of this MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy lesson with this free study guide. Click the link below to print this worksheet.

Meet Scott Joplin | Free Study Guide Worksheet

Print More Joplin Worksheets

Scott Joplin | Free Composer Word Search Worksheet

Scott Joplin | Free Composer Coloring Page

Play the Soundtrack

The Meet Scott Joplin soundtrack features MakingMusicFun.net beginner and easy piano sheet music arrangements that celebrate the music of Scott Joplin. Click the links to print the piano sheet music.

Maple Leaf Rag (Joplin) | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music

The Entertainer (Joplin) | Beginner Piano Sheet Music

The Entertainer (Joplin) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Easy Winners (Joplin) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

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Mary Had a Little Lamb – FREE Beginner Piano Lesson/Tutorial

“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.

Mary Had A Little Lamb Beginner Piano Sheet Music

“Mary Had a Little Lamb” Lyrics

Mary had a little lamb,

its fleece was white as snow;

And everywhere that Mary went,

the lamb was sure to go.

It followed her to school one day,

which was against the rule;

It made the children laugh and play,

to see a lamb at school.

And so the teacher turned it out,

but still it lingered near,

And waited patiently about,

till Mary did appear.

“Why does the lamb love Mary so?”

the eager children cry;

“Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know”,

the teacher did reply.

About “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

Yep, it’s true. Mary was a real girl, and she went to school in a little school house that’s around to this day. There’s also a statue of Mary and her lamb in the city where she grew up.

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Johann Sebastian Bach | Composer Unit for Kids

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.

Meet Bach FREE Study Guide Worksheet

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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.

Bach FREE Word Search Worksheet

Bach FREE Composer Coloring Page

Print Johann Sebastian Bach Piano Sheet Music

Make learning about Bach an hands-on experience by learning a few of his compositions.

Minuet in G Beginner Piano Sheet Music/Level 1
Musette in D Beginner Piano Sheet Music/Level 1
Aria from Suite in D Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 3
Toccata in D Minor Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 3
May the Sheep Freely Graze Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 4
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5
Minuet in D Minor Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5
Minuet in G (1) Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5
Minuet in G (2) Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5
Minuet in G Minor Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5
Musette in D for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Siciliano Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5
Toccata in D Minor Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5

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