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Amazing Grace | Beginner Piano Lesson for Kids

Amazing Grace is one of the most known songs in the whole world. The lyrics for “Amazing Grace” were written by English poet, John Newton. His words are based on a prayer by the Bible’s, King David, where he marvels at God’s decision to choose him and his house. The Christian hymn was popularized in the 1960’s during a folk music revival. Since then it has been recorded by many people, including top recording artists Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, and Willie Nelson.

Want to learn one of the most popular Christian hymns ever written?

This post shares a free online beginner piano lesson for kids from the MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy. There’s also FREE piano sheet music that you can download and print to practice after the lesson. Dy-na-mite!

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How to “Amazing Grace”

  1. Pause the Lesson

Getting the most out of this beginner piano lesson will require you to pause the video every few seconds to practice what was taught. Without doing this your kids will miss out on the greatest strength of video piano lessons. It’s the instant do-over! The repetition helps you remember what was said, and practice it until you get it right. The great musicians you know practiced in the same way, drilling what was taught. However, most of them didn’t have video lessons to repeat the important stuff over and over again. You do. If you’re ready to be a great musician yourself, and do it in record time, this lesson can help.

2. Count As You Play

The MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy developed a counting system that consistently helps kids play rhythms correctly. Some kids resist counting out loud, and they miss out on the benefits. Parent that take the time to reinforce this practice routine will soon see the rewards.

3. Practice Very, Very Slowly

It would be great if we could play the music perfectly every time we sat down to play it. However, it’s just not possible. That very real desire is probably the reason why kids struggle to slow things down while practicing.

Practicing slowly teaches your fingers what you would like them to do. When the music is learned perfectly your child’s muscle memory in their fingers will take over, and they’ll be able to perform in ways you never thought possible. I’ve seen it happen many times. It just requires the patience to practice very very slowly.

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A Little Dance by Kabalevsky | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music

A Little Dance’ was written by Dmitri Kabalevsky, a Russian composer who helped to set up the Union of Soviet Composers in Moscow, and was one of its leading figures. Many of Kabalevsky’s piano works have been performed by Vladimir Horowitz, an American classical pianist and composer. Kabalevsky is best known in Western Europe for the Comedian Galop, from The Comedian Suite, Op. 25, and his third piano concerto.
The piano piece, ‘A Little Dance’ was published in his 1972 book — Easy Pieces – 24 Pieces For Children, Op. 39; 35 Easy Pieces, Op. 89. The collection remains a favorite today.

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A Little Dance by Kabalevsky | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music

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We Gather Together | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music

Here’s an arrangement of easy piano sheet music that younger students might enjoy playing. It also includes the words if you want to sing along.

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We Gather Together | Easy Piano Sheet Music

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We Gather Together Lyrics

(Popular English version by Theodore Baker, 1894)

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

(Original Dutch version by Adrianus Valerius, 1626)

Wilt heden nu treden voor God den Heere,
Hem boven al loven van herten seer,
End’ maken groot zijns lieven namens eere,
Die daar nu onsen vijant slaat terneer.

Ter eeren ons Heeren wilt al u dagen
Dit wonder bijzonder gedencken toch;
Maekt u, o mensch, voor God steets wel te dragen,
Doet ieder recht en wacht u voor bedrog.

D’arglosen, den boosen om yet te vinden,
Loopt driesschen, en briesschen gelyck een leeu,
Soeckende wie hy wreedelyck verslinden,
Of geven mocht een doodelycke preeu.

Bidt, waket end’ maket dat g’in bekoring,
End’ ‘t quade met schade toch niet en valt.
U vroomheyt brengt den vijant tot verstoring,
Al waer sijn rijck nog eens so sterck bewalt.

About the Song ‘We Gather Together’

The Christian hymn We Gather Together is usually sung during religious services and family gatherings on Thanksgiving Day in the United States. The song comes from the Dutch song Wilt heden nu treden written by poet and composer Adrianus Valerius (also known as Adriaen Valerius). The tune that accompanies the hymn is known as “Kremser” from the score arrangement and lyric translation into Latin and German that Eduard Kremser did in 1877.

Valerius wrote the song during the Dutch War of Independence (1568–1648) fought against the Roman Catholic Habsburg King Philip II of Spain. The largely Protestant provinces of the Low Countries felt oppression from the Spanish ruler as they were not allowed to gather for religious purposes. The song resonated strongly with many of the Dutch people especially with the repression they were experiencing at the time.

The song first appeared in America as part of a hymnal in 1903. It important to note, however, that the English version of the song is not a direct translation of the Dutch lyrics. The hymn became increasingly popular to use during Thanksgiving services for the centennial celebrations of towns and colleges. Nowadays, American churches often sing this song on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
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The First Noel | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music – The Piano Student

“The First Noel” is a traditional English Christmas carol. Noel is an early modern English synonym for “Christmas”.

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Here’s a simple arrangement for the beginning piano student. It’s available in PDF format and you can listen to the arrangement to see what it sounds like.

The First Noel | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music

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Lyrics

The first noel the angels did sing
Was to certain poor shepherds
In fields as they lay
In fields fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep
Noel, noel, noel, noel
Born is the king of israel
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night
Noel, noel, noel, noel
Born is the king of israel
Noel, noel, noel, noel
Born is the king of israel.
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What Child Is This? | Easy Piano Sheet Music

“What Child Is This?” is a Christmas carol with lyrics written in 1865 by William Chatterton Dix. Dix was an insurance company manager that had been struck with severe sickness for a time in his life. During recovery wrote several hymns, including lyrics to this Christmas carol. The lyrics were later set to “Greensleeves”.

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What Child Is This? | Easy Piano Sheet Music

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Lyrics

What child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and donkeys are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spears shall pierce him through,
the cross he bore for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
the Babe, the Son of Mary.

So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come, peasant, king, to own him.
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone him.
Raise, raise a song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The babe, the Son of Mary.

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary.

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Erie Canal | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music

Erie Canal is a fun and jazzy song for young piano students. It’s easy to play, and a great choice to introduce students to swing eighth notes. The arrangement is two pages in length and available in PDF format.

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Erie Canal | Easy Piano Sheet Music

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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.

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Mozart | Meet the Composer Piano Book – Easy Piano

Here’s a printable resources for piano teachers and students that you’re sure to excited about –  a best of Mozart Piano Book. This digital print book is an assortment of Mozart’s works,  including arrangements of many of his most popular pieces for piano and orchestra.

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Mozart | Meet the Composer Piano Book – Easy Piano

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Table of Contents
Biography
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (Theme from Ah, vous dirai-je Maman)
Marriage of Figaro
Air
Clarinet Concerto (Theme)
Turkish March
Funeral March
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Sonata in C Major (1st Mvt.)
Symphony No. 40 (Theme)
Ah, vous dirai-je Maman

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Go Down Moses | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music

Looking for a great Bible songs to teach your kids? This arrangement is easy to play, and a provides a wonderful chance to share a Bible story – specifically the story from Exodus 7:26 where God instructs Moses to demand the release of the Israelites from their bondage in Egypt.

“And the Lord spoke unto Moses, go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me.”

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Go Down Moses | Easy Piano Sheet Music (Digital)

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Lyrics for Go Down Moses

When Israel was in Egypts land,
Let My people go!
Oppressed so hard they could not stand,
Let My people go! Go down, Moses,
Way down in Egypt’s land;
Tell old Pharaoh
To let My people go! No more shall they in bondage toil,
Let My people go!
Let them come out with Egypts spoil,
Let My people go! Go down, Moses,
Way down in Egypt’s land;
Tell old Pharaoh
To let My people go! Oh, let us all from bondage flee,
Let My people go!
And let us all in Christ be free,
Let My people go! Go down, Moses,
Way down in Egypt’s land;
Tell old Pharaoh
To let My people go! You need not always weep and mourn,
Let My people go!
And wear these slav’ry chains forlorn,
Let My people go! Go down, Moses,
Way down in Egypt’s land;
Tell old Pharaoh
To let My people go! Your foes shall not before you stand,
Let My people go!
And you’ll possess fair Canaan’s land,
Let My people go! Go down, Moses,
Way down in Egypt’s land;
Tell old Pharaoh
To let My people go!

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Spinning Song | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music – The Piano Student

Here’s a piece of free sheet music that is quite popular among teenage students. The work was composed by one hit wonder Albert Ellmenreich – a German actor.

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Spinning Song | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music by Albert Ellmenreich

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About the Composer
Albert Ellmenreich was a German actor and writer, born February 10, 1816 in Karlsruhe, Germany; he died May 30, 1905 in Lübeck.

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Overture to William Tell | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music

Here’s a student favorite from Rossini’s opera William Tell. The arrangement is perfect for students with 1-3 years of experience. It is available in PDF format.

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Overture to William Tell | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music by Rossini

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About the Composer
Gioachino Antonio Rossini (Giovacchino Antonio Rossini in the baptismal certificate) (29 February 1792 – 13 November 1868) was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and some instrumental and piano pieces. His best-known operas include the Italian comedies Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) and La Cenerentola and the French-language epics Moïse et Pharaon and Guillaume Tell (William Tell).

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