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Rhythm Made Easy for Kids – Get Instant Success!

Want to play rhythms perfectly every time?

Teaching rhythm to kids is the most challenging thing every music teacher is confronted with, and the traditional counting system doesn’t make it any easier. There’s a complex notation system to learn to read and a counting system requires years to master. The best students will only be able to master enough to understand most of what they are asked to play in their lessons, but far from understand how it all works.

The result is kids don’t often play rhythms correctly and steady beat suffers greatly. Band and orchestra student do far better at maintaining a steady beat. They have to learn to play with a steady beat in order to play together in their school ensembles. Piano students struggle the most. They rarely play with other students, so playing to a steady best is often not considered a priority. Even in competition situations piano students prioritize correct notes over maintaining a steady beat and correct rhythms.

It doesn’t have to be hard.

Playing rhythms correctly and playing to a steady beat doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, it can be relatively simple if you apply the counting method taught in the following video lesson.

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Lesson Summary

The rhythm counting system taught in this lesson assigns spoken phrases to simple note values. If kids say them as they are performing their piece, they are far more likely to to play the rhythms in their music correctly. It’s often a dramatic difference.

Quarter Notes – Say the letter name to drill note names as the student plays.

Half Notes – Say the two beat phrase “Half Note” to drill the rhythm name and count the value.

Dotted Half Notes – Say the three beat phrase “Dot-ted Half” to drill the rhythm name and count the value.

Whole Notes – Say the four beat phrase “Hold-That-Whole-Note” to drill the rhythm name and count the value.


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Piano Lessons for Beginners Online

Do you want to help your child explore their creativity…

But you don’t what to spend an hour each week driving to and from a piano lesson?

Do you want to give your child the opportunity to discover music… 

But need it to be way more affordable that traditional music lessons?

Have you considered piano lessons online?

In this world where practically everything we do is online, why not piano lessons? While it’s not for everyone, it is the way millions of kids are learning piano today.


Piano lessons online are considerably more convenient that driving to and from a lesson every week at an appointed time. With online lessons, kids can take a lesson when it’s convenient for you. Most of the time it best to keep a schedule, but you don’t need to every week. Sometimes you can move the lesson to the next day, and never miss a lesson again.


Traditional piano lesson cost varies from state to state, but an average cost for a 30 minute lesson is about $30. If you live in Connecticut or California piano lessons cost even more. At this rate, your monthly fee for piano lessons is $120.

If you compare this to the average piano lesson online, you’ll be saving about $100 per month. That’s right, piano lessons online cost less than $20 on average.

Why Piano Lessons Online Work

Piano lessons have always been a “watch and learn” disciple. You’re show what to do step-by-step, and then you practice at home. The only difference now is that you’re learning with video tutorials. Kids are guided through verbal instruction – just like in traditional lessons –   observe finger shape and hand position – just like in traditional lessons, and imitate musical phrasing and dynamics – just like in traditional lessons.

The strength with approach to piano lessons shines in the days that follow the video lesson. In traditional lessons students get help during the lesson, but no support throughout the week. Students often forget what they were taught, or practice incorrectly – simply because they forget what the instruction was or what the piece is suppose to sound like. Online piano lessons solve that by allowing children to listen to the instruction daily if needed, so every lesson can be fully understood and completely mastered.

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MMF All-In-One Piano Lesson Book, Level 1B – Compare to Alfred’s

Looking for a great piano book series for your kids? offers a primer though Level 3 that you can download instantly – for about half the price of piano methods you purchase from your local music store. It includes sheet music, music theory worksheets and worksheet answer keys.

MMF! All-In-One Beginner Piano Course – Level 1B



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Tarantella by Fling
Shark Attack! (Jaws Movie Theme Tribute) by Fling
Humpty Dumpty by Fling/Mother Goose
Mexican Hat Dance
Musical Spelling Bee – Treble Clef Note Name Review Worksheet
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Sweetly Sings the Donkey
It All Adds Up – Basic Rhythm Worksheet (Half Note, Quarter Note, Eighth Note)
The Birch Tree
Little Green Frog
Yankee Doodle
Go Tell Aunt Rhodie – Mother Goose
Cinderella (Dressed in Yella)
Happy Birthday
We Three Kings
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Musical Spelling Bee – Treble Clef Worksheet Answer Key
Musical Spelling Bee – Bass Clef Worksheet Answer Key
It All Adds Up – Worksheet Answer Key
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MMF! All-In-One Beginner Piano Course – Level 1B

Compares Alfred’s Basic Piano Library, Level 1B

This piano method is comparable to the Alfred’s Basic Piano Library, and students may begin the MakingMusicFun series at the same level. Student’s may also progress to Alfred’s Piano Lessons book Level 4 following the MakingMusicFun Level 3 book.



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All the Pretty Little Horses | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music

All the Pretty Little Horses is a traditional lullaby from the United States. Although the origin and historical background of the song are sparse, All the Pretty Little Horses is said to be of African-American origin, and can be traced back to the days of slavery. The author of Art and Design in Children’s Books, Lyn Ellen Lacy, suggests that the song was sung by an African-American slave who could not take care of her own child as she was too busy taking care of her master’s child.

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All the Pretty Little Horses | Beginner Piano Sheet Music


All the Pretty Little Horses Lyrics

Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry,
Go to sleepy little baby.
When you wake, you’ll have cake,
And all the pretty little horses.

Blacks and bays, dapples and greys,
Coach and six-a-little horses,
Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry,
Go to sleepy little baby.

Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry,
Go to sleepy little baby,
When you wake, you’ll have cake,
And all the pretty little horses.

Way down yonder, down in the meadow,
There’s a poor wee little lambie.
The bees and the butterflies pickin’ at its eyes*,
The poor wee thing cried for her mammy.

Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry,
Go to sleepy little baby.
When you wake, you’ll have cake,
And all the pretty little horses.


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Princess Color-by-Note and Rhythm Music Worksheets

This Princess color-by-note rhythm worksheet set is designed to help young music students drill the whole note, half note, quarter note, whole rest, half rest, and quarter rest. Grab your crayons.

Each worksheet in the set features a difference princess. After your kids complete the worksheet they can do a Google search to learn about city and county of the princess.

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Princess Color-by-Note and Rhythm Music Worksheets


Note to Parents
If you’ve discovered a music theory worksheet that you’d like to share with your kids on this blog, but you’re not quite sure about about rhythms, rests, and note names – don’t worry. Here’s a link that will help:

How to Read Music Made Easy | Beginner’s Guide


Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep | Free Color-by-Note Worksheet (PDF)
Chomp! Music Theory Game for Kids – Rhythms and Time Signatures
Harry Potter | Free Color-by-Note Worksheet (PDF)
Harry Potter (John Williams) | Music Listening Glyph Worksheets
Jack Be Nimble | Free Mother Goose Beginner Guitar Sheet Music (TAB)


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Chomp! Music Theory Game for Kids – Rhythms and Time Signatures

Want to have fun while learning rhythms and time signatures?

This printable music theory game designed to make learning simple rhythms and time signatures fun. Chomp! includes a printable two-page game board, foldable game pieces, and cards. All you need to supply is dice and kids!

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Chomp! | Music Theory Game for Kids – Rhythms and Time Signatures


Product Description

Chomp! is an exciting shark-chomping board game where players choose the best path and answer questions about simple rhythmic values and time signatures. To make things more challenging, sharks will be lurking in places where your opponent has hidden them. (It’s a little like Battleship.) If you land on one of these spaces you’ll get Chomped! This game is for two or more players. The first one to reach the dock with less than three Chomp! cards wins the game.


Game Prep/Instruction
Game Board (2 pages)
8 Chomp Cards
22 Question Cards
2 Blank Cards (For additional questions)
4 Playing Pieces (Fold and tape)


Interested in learning to read and understand the music you play? The following music theory worksheets, flashcards, and games for kids are designed to drill essential music symbols and make learning music fun. Most posts provide links to free printable music resources.

Music Theory Worksheets and Workbooks

Color-by-Note | Treble Clef Note Names Worksheet Bundle
It All Adds Up! | Rhythm Worksheets (Music Theory)
Free Music Theory Worksheets for Kids (Note Names)
CodeBreaker! Free Note Naming Worksheets
Color That Note! | Free Note Name Worksheets (Music Theory)

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Somewhere In My Memory (Home Alone) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Somewhere In My Memory is from the official soundtrack of the 1990 box office hit American Christmas comedy, Home Alone. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as the protagonist Kevin McCallister, who was accidentally left behind by his family as they were about to fly to Paris for their Christmas vacation. All alone in their home in Chicago, Kevin has to fend for himself as he tries to protect their home from burglars. The film was the highest-grossing live action comedy film in the United States as well as worldwide until 2011.

With over $400 million as its gross earnings, it is no wonder that the film garnered several awards and nominations including one for the film’s soundtrack. Its nominations include an Academy Award for Best Original Score and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

The soundtrack was composed by John Williams and was released by Sony Classical on December 4,1990. The film’s director, Chris Columbus, originally wanted Bruce Broughton to score the film’s soundtrack but a prior commitment kept him from the engagement. Columbus then contacted Steven Spielberg who helped him connect with Williams to produce the score. Somewhere In My Memory quickly became a hit with professional choirs to school bands and orchestras for their annual Christmas concerts.

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Somewhere In My Memory | Easy Piano Sheet Music

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About the Composer of ‘Somewhere In My Memory’

John Williams is an American composer renowned for his works for the cinema, creating film scores for several box office hit movies, including Home Alone, Jaws, Close Encounters, Indiana Jones series, and the first three Harry Potter films.

John Williams has won 24 Grammy awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Academy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. He is also the second most nominated individual following behind Walt Disney. In 2000, Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame. Of the top 20 highest grossing films of all time, Williams was the composer for eight of those movies.


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My Favorite Things (Sound of Music) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

My Favorite Things is a show tune performed by the character Maria in Rogers and Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music (1959).

The song is quite popular that it finished at number 64 on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Songs. Numerous stage productions have been made of the musical but the most notable one was of a 1965 film adaptation of the musical where actress Julie Andrews sang the song during a scene in her bedroom where she was surrounded by kids listening to her sing.

In the original Broadway musical, the song was sung in Mother Abbess’ office just before she sends Maria off to become a governess to Captain Von Trapp’s children. However, the film’s screenwriter Ernest Lehman made a shift in the film adaptation and ended up with “My Favorite Things” being played in the now iconic thunderstorm scene. It replaced the “The Lonely Goatherd” in the scene, which became a precedent for other productions to do the same as well.

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About the Composer of My Favorite Things

The song was written by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II, collectively known as the Rogers and Hammerstein duo. Rogers was a renowned American composer and was considered the most significant composer of the 20th century. With over 900 songs and 43 Broadway musicals, he was the first person to win an EGOT, which stands for an Emmy, Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony award. He also received a Pulitzer Prize, making him one of only two people to receive all five awards.

Oscar Hammerstein II was an American theater director and producer. He also had his fair share of accomplishments with eight (8) Tony Awards and two (2) Academy Awards for Best Original Songs under his name. Rodgers and Hammerstein started collaborating when Rodger’s previous partner Lorenz Hart began having health problems. The duo’s first ever work was the groundbreaking musical titled Oklahoma! (1943). The team then went on to produce four more hits which were later on made into film adaptations. These include Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949), The King and I (1951), and The Sound of Music (1959).

With the duo’s collaboration, they were able to earn a total of 35 Tony Awards, 15 Academy Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes, two Grammy, and two Emmy Awards.


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Boil Them Cabbage Down (Bile That Cabbage Down | Easy Piano Sheet Music (PDF)

Boil Them Cabbage Down, also known as Bile ‘Em Cabbage Down, is a classic American folk song often played on a fiddle. According to Ralph Rinzler, the song can be traced back to an early English country dance titled, “Smiling Polly,” which was first printed in 1765.

Some historians say that the origins of Boil Them Cabbage Down can be traced back to when African slaves from Niger were brought to the southern United States. The song described as “a negro reel tune which has become universally popular among white square dance musicians.” This theory is supported by the fact that the tune is played with a fiddle, and that Nigerians used primitive instruments that resembled the fiddle, guitar, and banjo. The subject of Boil Them Cabbage Down is a hoecake, which is a thin, flat cake made from cornmeal and baked over a fire on the blade of a hoe.

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Boil Them Cabbage Down | Easy Piano Sheet Music


Boil Them Cabbage Down (Bile Them Cabbage Down) Lyrics

Went up on the mountain,
And I give my horn a blow,
Thought I heard my true love say,
“Yonder comes my beau!”

Bile dat cabbage down,
Bake dat hoe-cake brown,
Craziest song I ever heard,
Bile dat cabbage down.

Took my gal to the blacksmith shop,
To have her mouth made small,
She turned around a time or two,
And swallowed shop and all.

Bile dat cabbage down,
Bake dat hoe-cake brown,
Craziest song I ever heard,
Bile dat cabbage down.

Possum in a ‘simmon tree,
Raccoon on the ground,
Raccoon says, “You son-of-a-gun,
Shake some ‘simmons down!”

Bile dat cabbage down,
Bake dat hoe-cake brown,
Craziest song I ever heard,
Bile dat cabbage down.

Someone stole my hunting dog,
Wish they’d bring him back,
He chased the big hogs through the fence,
And the little ones through the crack.

Bile dat cabbage down,
Bake dat hoe-cake brown,
Craziest song I ever heard,
Bile dat cabbage down.

Met a possum in the road,
Blind as he could be,
Jumped the fence and whipped my dog,
And bristled up at me.

Bile dat cabbage down,
Bake dat hoe-cake brown,
Craziest song I ever heard,
Bile dat cabbage down.

Once I had an old gray mule,
His name was Simon Slick,
He’d roll his eyes and back his ears,
And how that mule would kick!

Bile dat cabbage down,
Bake dat hoe-cake brown,
Craziest song I ever heard,
Bile dat cabbage down.

There’s gold up in them there hills,
I know it for the truth,
For my gal fell up there,
And lost her new front tooth.

Bile dat cabbage down,
Bake dat hoe-cake brown,
Craziest song I ever heard,
Bile dat cabbage down.


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No-Stress Way to Announce a Piano Lesson Rate Increase

Are you raising your rates this year and feeling stressed about the response you might get from parents? Some parents will fuss and others might quit. However, if you don’t do something you’ll be worse off this year than you were last year because you’re not even keeping up with inflation.

This post will provide you with ideas to take the stress out of asking for a piano lesson rate increase. Check out four tips for when and how to break the news.

1)  An Announcement in an Email – Many students take the summer off, so an email to parents in August may already be a common routine. Make it a routine that you email every parent about the new year. Tell them about upcoming recitals, new books, and your lesson rate increase. Slide it in there, and don’t make a big deal of it. They probably won’t make a big deal of it either.

Make your lesson rate increase announcement a one-sentence statement: Lesson rates will increase by $___ this year. Easy. Done. If you make it a small dollar every year, rather than skipping years, parents will even roll their eyes, and say, “That’s nothing.” No problem.

2) Same Time Each Year – If you increase rates at the same time each year, parents will expect an increase and ask you about it when they write the check for lessons that month. Once the routine is established, it’s a cakewalk. You just need to get the routine going.

3) Make It Small – One year I left a music studio to teach my students in their homes instead. I increased the rate by $5 to cover travel to their home. Parents wouldn’t have to travel to the music studio, spend the time sitting around waiting while I taught their child, and they’d be saving gas money. It was a great deal, but more than one family wanted to spend. They quit because the jump was too big, and I was sad to see them go.

These days I talk about a rate increase every year in August. Kids are going back to school and many kids are coming back to lessons after having taken the summer off. It’s the perfect time to request for an increase. As a routine, I ask for only $1. It’s enough to keep up with the rate of inflation, and small enough that parents never mind. Some even roll their eyes and say, “That’s nothing.” “No problem.”

Price increases happen every day out there in the world. That’s because business people understand the reason why it must be done. Music teachers just need to think like business people a little more often, and consider what they need to run a successful business.

Go for it!


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