Teacher Appreciation Week | 7 Ideas for Thanking Your Teacher

It’s teacher appreciation week! That’s right teachers and students – May 2nd through May 6th is all about thanking teachers for all they do.

In 1984 the National PTA established the first week in May as the week to honor teachers – the people who devote their time, passion and skills to educating our children.

Wondering how you can thank them? Here are a few ideas…

1) Give your teacher an award certificate. (Print free certificate below.)
2) Bake cookies. Wrap them nicely in clear cellophane and include a ribbon and a note.
3) Make a Report Card and give them all “A’s”.
4) Give them a gift card for ice cream or their favorite restaurant.
5) Give them a framed photo of both of you.
6) Nominate them for a teacher of the year award, and let them know that you did.
7) Practice. You might not think this a good one, but it one of the best things you can do to make your teacher happy and feel valued.

Download and Print Free Music Award Certificate

Music Teacher Award Certificate

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Boom, Boom, Ain’t It Great To Be Crazy? | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music

Here’s a graded piano arrangement of a super-silly silly song. Boom, Boom, Ain’t It Great To Be Crazy? is easy to play and perfect for student with 1-3 years of experience. It is available in PDF format.

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Boom, Boom, Ain’t It Great To Be Crazy? | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music

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Lyrics for Boom, Boom, Ain’t It Great To Be Crazy?

A horse and a flea and three blind mice
Sat on a curbstone shooting dice
The horse he slipped and fell on the flea
“Whoops,” said the flea, “There’s a horse on me!”

Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?
Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?
Giddy and foolish the whole day through
Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?

Way down South where bananas grow
A flea stepped on an elephant’s toe
The elephant cried, with tears in his eyes
“Why don’t you pick on someone your own size?”

Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?
Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?
Giddy and foolish the whole day through
Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?

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10 Piano Pieces You Can Play Upside Down | Free Sheet Music

Every once in a while I recall that moment from the  Amadeus movie that came out in 1984, when he performed laying on his back for folks at the local tavern. Sometimes for the amusement of my students I will play a song for them as he did. Always a hit!

Here’s a list of songs that should be easy enough to play upside down for the amusement of your friends and family. We begin with a piece by Mozart himself.

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1) Marriage of Figaro for Piano Solo by Mozart

2) Musette in D for Piano Solo by Bach

3) Bingo for Piano Solo | Traditional

4) Do Your Ears Hang Low? for Piano Solo | Traditional

5) The Farmer in the Dell for Piano Solo | Traditional

6) Hot Cross Buns for Piano Solo | Traditional

7) Little Green Frog (Galumph) for Piano Solo | Traditional

8) Mexican Hat Dance for Piano Solo | Traditional

9) Skip to My Lou for Piano Solo | American Frontier Song

10) Sweetly Sings the Donkey for Piano Solo | Traditional

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Frère Jacques | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music

Here’s a great piece for the beginning piano student. The arrangement is simple, and provides teachers with an opportunity to teach about a basic musical form – the round.

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Frère Jacques | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music

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Lyrics for Frère Jacques

The original French version of Frere Jasques is as follows:

Frère Jacques, frère Jacques,
Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous?
Sonnez les matines! Sonnez les matines!
Din, dan, don. Din, dan, don.

Frere Jasques is translated into English as:

Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?
Brother John, Brother John,
Morning bells are ringing! Morning bells are ringing!
Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong.

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Trumpet Tune (Clark) | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music

Need a great piano piece for your beginning piano students?  Trumpet Tune is a wonderfully arranged baroque era work for young students that will provide them with an opportunity to enjoy a hands-on experience with the music of the masters.

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Trumpet Tune | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music by J. Clarke

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10 Beginner Piano Pieces Kids Love to Play | Free Sheet Music

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Nothing gets a child more interested in practicing than a great piece of music.  This list of piano sheet music for the beginner through second year student is all available online and each one is a sure fire winner with the young piano student.

Print and Download Beginner Piano Sheet Music – Level 1

Level 1 sheet music is perfect for the beginning student. The sheet music limits the movement of the hands and and provides fingering suggestions to make learning to play very easy and fun.

Amazing Grace for Piano Solo | Traditional
Bingo for Piano Solo | Traditional
Jingle Bells for Piano Solo by James Lord Pierpont
Minuet in G for Piano Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Mexican Hat Dance for Piano Solo | Traditional

Print and Download Beginner Piano Sheet Music – Level 2

Level 2 sheet music is perfect for the piano student who has already completed the Level 1 course. This sheet music includes more opportunities for harmony between the hands and asks students to move their hands a bit to jump to new notes.

Beethoven’s Fifth for Piano Solo by Ludwig van Beethoven
Ode to Joy for Piano Solo by Ludwig van Beethoven
Snake Dance for Piano Solo | Traditional
Silent Night for Piano Solo by Franz Gruber
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star for Piano Solo | Traditional

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Major Scales and Arpeggios for Piano

MakingMusicFun.net has three piano scale and arpeggio sheets for easy/intermediate students. The free printable scale sheets include fingerings.

C Major Scale and Arpeggio Easy and Intermediate
F Major Scale and Arpeggio Easy and Intermediate
G Major Scale and Arpeggio Easy and Intermediate

True-Piano-Lessons.com has a great pages with scales and videos. It’s read only, but helpful.

Major Scales I (the flat keys + C Major)
Major Scales II (the sharp keys)

OnlinePianoCoach.com offer two free printable pages of major scales in all 12 keys.

12 Major Scales for Piano

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