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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.

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Humpty Dumpty | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music (Nursery Rhyme)

Here’s an arrangement of beginner piano sheet music that younger students might enjoy playing. This arrangement of Humpty Dumpty is in 3/4 meter and C Major. It also includes the words if you want to sign along.

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Humpty Dumpty Nursery Rhyme Lyrics

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a big fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

 

About the Classic Humpty Dumpty Nursery Rhyme

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland portrays Humpty Dumpty as an egg who met his end when he fell from a wall. The first Humpty Dumpty, however, was a cannon in use during the English Civil War (1642 – 1649). The nursery rhyme is one of the most popular rhymes in the English language and was first published in 1797.

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Dolores Waltz (Waldteufel) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Émile Waldteufel, born on December 9, 1837 was a French pianist, conductor and composer. He is known for Skaters’ Waltz and Dolores.

This arrangement of Dolores is for level 4 piano solo. It gives students an excellent opportunity to work at musical expression, while not being over technical.

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Dolores Waltz (Waldteufel) | Easy Piano Sheet Music (Digital)

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About Émile Waldteufel
Émile Waldteufel was born at 84 Grand’Rue in the centre of Strasbourg. His grandfather and father were both musicians; his mother Flora Neubauer, originally from Bavaria had been a student of Hummel and had met Haydn; she was a keen singer and dancer also. From a Jewish Alsatian family of musicians, the original family surname had been Lévy. His father Louis had a respected orchestra, and his brother Léon was a successful performer. When Léon won a place to study violin performance at the Conservatoire de Paris, the family followed him there. Read more on Wkipedia.org

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The Piano Chords Fun Book | Chords and Arranging for Kids

Do you want to teach chords and arranging to your music students?

The Piano Chords Fun Book is a 24 page easy-to-understand resource, including popular left hand accompaniment patterns, tips for accompanying singers and instrumentalists, tips for voicing chords, lead sheets, and the most repinned piano chord chart on Pinterest.

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The Piano Chords Fun Book | Chords and Arranging for Kids

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Contents
Easy to Read Piano Chord Chart (2 Pages)
Examples of Popular Left Hand Accompaniment Patterns
Tips for Accompanying Singers and Instrumentalists
Introduction to Chord Voicing
8 Lead Sheets (Jesus Loves Me, Hot Cross Buns, Baby Bumblebee, Mary Ann, Brahms’ Lullaby, Jingle Bells, Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella and Simple Gifts)
Music Manuscript Paper (2 Pages)

This book makes accompanying easy. It begins with the most popular accompaniment pattern – the boom-chick – and builds from there. The first few pages are devoted to learning how to create arrangements of songs for solo piano. The next part shows students how to accompany singers and instrumentalists. To make your arrangements really sound great two pages are set aside for chord voicing – the art of chord inversions, spacing and chord member doublings. The next section is worth the price of the book all by itself – lead sheets. Eight lead sheets are included (listed in the contents above) to help students get started. After that they can print digital download lead sheets and fake books on  sites like SheetMusicPlus.com and MusicNotes.com. Finally, two pages of music manuscript paper are included to write out a few ideas. Students may have a hard time understanding how the music and the accompaniment patterns fit together in their head, so the manuscript paper will be helpful.

Here are a few pages from the book:

The Piano/Keyboard Chord Chart includes 48 of the most popular piano chords. Unless your students are learning a jazz lead sheet (with rich chord extensions) this piano chord chart should be all they’ll need.

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This page is the first page of instruction, introducing students to left hand accompaniment patterns. Example #1 provides students with an easy to play song – Hot Cross Buns – with the boom-chick accompaniment pattern. Since this book is all about the accompaniment it’s nice to have a simple melody to play. Example #2 show students how to adapt the boom-chick pattern for 3/4 meter to accompany Brahms Lullaby.

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This page is one of the 8 lead sheets included at the end of this book. Each lead sheet includes the melody, chords and lyrics. The list of songs is included in the contents (see above).

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The basics of arranging a song is simply applying “vocabulary of ideas” to a song. The Piano Chords Fun Book is a “vocabulary” builder. Choose one of the patterns included in this book that’s right for your song and you’re on your way to a solid arrangement. Refine it a little with the other tips included in this book and you’re well on the way to greatness!

The Piano Chords Fun Book | Chords and Arranging for Kids

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You Raise Me Up | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Here’s an easy to play piano solo for You Raise Me Up, made popular by Josh Groban. It would be a great selection for students that have studied piano for at least four years.

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Lyrics
When I am down, and, oh, my soul, so weary
When troubles come, and my heart burdened be
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence
Until you come and sit awhile with me…

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Entry of the Gladiators (Fuĉík) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Want to play some super cool circus music? Julius Fuĉík wrote Entry of the Gladiators way back in 1897 and it’s become the sound of the circus. Originally he titled his piece the Grand Marche Chromatique, because of his abundant use of the chromatic scale. He later changed his mind, and named it Entry of the Gladiators to reflect his interest in the Roman Empire.

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Entry of the Gladiators (Fuĉík) | Sheet Music for Easy Piano

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Wonderful Life (Mi Oh My-Angry Birds) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Here’s an intermediate arrangement of Wonderful Life (Mi Oh My) from Angry Birds the Movie. This arrangement can be transposed to an easier key after payment. There’s also a music player so you can listen to the arrangement.

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Wonderful Life (Mi Oh My-Angry Birds) | Piano Sheet Music

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Lyrics

Verse 1
Mi oh my, when the light hits your smile
There’s a fire that ignites at the bottom of my heart
Ooh mi oh my, if we open our eyes
I think we’re both gonna find that it’s a wonderful life

Chorus
Mi oh my, it’s a wonderful life
It’s wonderful life with you by my side
Mi oh my, it’s a wonderful life
It’s wonderful life with you by my side
Mi oh my, it’s a wonderful life
It’s wonderful life with you by my side
Mi oh my, it’s a wonderful life
It’s wonderful life with you by my side

Verse 2
All of our friends, feet in the sand
Beneath the stars it never ends
And we got no explanation cause there’s no expectations
Just beautiful faces and nowhere to go

Chorus
Mi oh my, it’s a wonderful life
It’s wonderful life with you by my side
Mi oh my, it’s a wonderful life
It’s wonderful life with you by my side
Mi oh my, it’s a wonderful life
It’s wonderful life with you by my side
Mi oh my, it’s a wonderful life
It’s wonderful life with you by my side

 

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Ode to Joy | Easy Piano Sheet Music – Play and Learn™ Edition

Interested in teaching your students a bit more than just the music? This digital print edition provides teachers with a two page easy/intermediate arrangement of Ode to Joy, and composer biography written for kids, and worksheets to help your students remember what they read.

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Contents
Ode to Joy for Intermediate Piano – 2 Pages
Hey Kid’s, Meet Ludwig van Beethoven | Composer Biography
Ludwig van Beethoven | Word Search Worksheet
Meet the Composer Job Application

About the Word Search
The word search worksheet is designed to help build reading skills. The search words are included on the About page of the packet, but not on the worksheet, so students are challenged to search for keywords in the biography. What define the life and work of Beethoven are the words to search out.

About the Meet the Composer Job Application
This worksheet asks students fill out a job application out for the composer. They should include every fact they can find in the composer biography.

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It’s Time | Imagine Dragons – Easy Piano Sheet Music

I recently printed this arrangement of Imagine Dragons It’s Time from MusicNotes.com. My student loves it and has had great success with it. There’s quite a bit of music to learn, but there’s also quite a bit that is repetitive. The repetitiveness has allowed him to  learn the piece in a reasonable amount of time. The arrangement is ideal for students in Level 4 or Level 5 piano lesson books.

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Let It Go (Frozen) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

For those of us who weren’t living under a rock back in 2013, we’ve all heard and know the song Let It Go. The song was virtually inescapable because of the amount of airplay it was receiving during that time (especially around little girls who watched the movie). You couldn’t go down the street or turn a corner or open your browser without hearing this epic song or seeing some cover version of it. The song even went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song the following year and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media the year after that. Undeniably, there was a good reason why it reached such legendary heights of fame.

Disney’s animated musical fantasy Frozen was on everybody’s lips the year it was released because of the truly original story and the message it was sending out into the world. The story itself is a great insight into how difficult and scary it can be to wield a power you can’t control, but that once you learn to harness that power then you can do great things with it. It also deviates from other Disney princess storylines because it didn’t focus on the idea of finding a prince and marrying them to find your “happily ever after”. It turned many of the usual tropes on their heads and many people saw the film to be truly empowering.

The song Let It Go played an especially pivotal part in making that great story into what it was. Originally, the producers had intended for Elsa to be the typical villain. She was based off of Hans Christian Andersen’s main character in the fairy tale The Snow Queen. (Fun fact: The Snow Queen was actually written about the opera singer Jenny Lind, who turned down Andersen’s proposal prompting him to write her off as cold and unfeeling. And yes, that’s the same Jenny Lind who captivated the audience with the song Never Enough in The Greatest Showman).

Everything changed when the husband and wife songwriting team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez came in with the song. When the producers and writers heard it, they decided to rewrite the entire first part and turn her into one of the protagonists. It gave her more depth because it portrayed her as a scared little girl who had so much power but never learned know how to handle it because she’s been hiding from her gift her entire life. The whole story builds up to this powerful scene where she learns to embrace who she is and not care what other people think or say.

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Here’s a wonderful arrangement of ‘Let It Go’ from MusicNotes.com. It’s arranged for the advancing piano student and is available for digital download in PDF format.

Let It Go (Frozen Movie) – Piano Sheet Music

About the Composers

The songwriting team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez is best known for their Award-winning work in the Disney animated films Frozen and Coco. They first started writing songs together on Nick Jr for shows like Wonder Pets and in Disney Channel shows like Bear in the Big Blue House. Between the two of them, their many accomplishments include Academy Awards and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards for Best Original Song for Let It Go (from Frozen) in 2014 and again for Remember Me (from Coco) in 2018. Robert Lopez is also said to be the youngest to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award in the span of his career. Out of only 15 people to have achieved this distinction, he is also noted to have done it in the shortest amount of time (10 years).

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