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5 Women Composers Your Kids Should Know

Most kids, if they’ve studied music in grade school can name a handful of music composers. Their list would certainly include composers like Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart. Really astute students might be able to remember a few more that their teacher shared, like Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Grieg. Missing from their list are women composers. When time is short, it’s understandable the the list might be limited to these composers is some cases, however, to miss adding a notable woman to the list would fail to encourage our next generation of young girls. If they only see men writing music, it might not occur to them that their creativity is encouraged and welcome in the world of composition as well.

This post celebrates the accomplishments of the greatest of women composers, and provides teachers with the resources they need to share their music with young students.

Lili Boulanger

Lili Boulanger contracted bronchial pneumonia when she was two years old, but it didn’t keep her from becoming one of the greatest women composers of all-time. She composed constantly despite her difficulties with her health, and she earned top marks from her teachers at the Paris Conservatory. In 1913 Lili was awarded the Prix de Rome, a prize her father had won in 1835, making her the first woman to receive the award.

Lili Boulanger Music Lesson Plan Resources

Cortege (Boulanger) for Easy Piano (Level 3)

Cortege (Boulanger) for Easy Piano Solo (Level 5)

Cortege (Play and Learn Edition) for Easy and Intermediate Piano

Lili Boulanger Coloring Page

Lili Boulanger Word Search

Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet

Clara Schumann

Clara Schumann was the wife of great composer Robert Schumann. Most people don’t know that Robert would have never been the famous composer that he was if it weren’t for his wife, Clara. She was an exception pianists that played many concerts to support her family. When she wasn’t busy doing that she taught piano lessons and composed music. Germany, Clara’s birthplace, celebrated Clara by placing her picture on the 100 Deutsche Mark for 13 years, until switching to the Euro.

Clara Schumann Music Lesson Plan Resources

Prelude in Bb (Clara Schumann) for Easy Piano (Level 3)

Prelude in Bb (Clara Schumann) for Easy Piano Solo (Level 5)

Prelude in Bb Major for Easy Piano (Play & Learn Edition)

Clara Schumann: Classics for Kids (Audio Episode)

Clara Schumann Bulletin Board Pack

Clara Schumann Coloring Page

Clara Schumann Word Search

Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet

Barbara Strozzi

Barbara Strozzi, by the age of 12, was developing a wonderful singing voice and accompanying herself on the lute. In support of her devotion to music her father arranged for composition lessons with a leading composer. By the age of 16 Barbara had already published her first album of music, and she was recognized as a singer of virtuoistic talent. Strozzi’s popular works include Che si può fare, Op. 8 and Lagrime mie. Most worthy of mention is that she is recognized as the most prolific composer – man or woman – of published secular vocal music in Venice in the mid-seventeeth century.

Barbara Strozzi Music Lesson Plan Resources

What Can Be Done? “Che si può fare” (Barbara Strozzi) for Easy Piano

Che si può fare (Barbara Strozzi) for Easy Piano (Play and Learn Edition)

Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet

Barbara Strozzi | Free Word Search

Barbara Strozzi | Free Coloring Page

Mystery Melody: Barbara Strozzi Boom Cards

Cécile Chaminade

Cécile Chaminade was a French composer and pianist born in Paris, France in 1857. She studied piano, violin, and composition with notable musicians, though not on an official basis, as her father disapproved of music education. At the age of 18, she gave her first concert, and from that point on her work as a composer gained steadily in favor. Chaminade’s “Scarf Dance,” was one of the most popular piano pieces of her time, and it’s estimated to have sold five million copies by the time of her death in 1944. In 1913 Cécile received the Legion d’Honneur, which was a first for a female composer. Ambroise Thomas remarked, “This is not a woman who composes, but a composer who is a woman.”

Cecile Chaminade Music Lesson Plan Resources

Tarentelle, Op. 123, No.10 (Cécile Chaminade) for Easy Piano Solo

Cécile Chaminade – Composer Coloring Page

Cécile Chaminade – Word Search Worksheet

Children Album, Op.123 for Easy Piano

History Hunt: Cecile Chaminade

Tarentelle, Op. 123, No. 10  for Intermediate Piano Solo

Women Composers | Facts & Word Searches

Fanny Mendelssohn

Fanny Mendelssohn was born in Germany in 1805. As children, Fanny and her brother Felix studied piano and learn the art of composing music. Their father encouraged Felix to become a professional musician, but when Fanny expressed the same he suggested that Fanny become a housewife. After a courtship of several years Fanny married to the artist, Wilhelm Hensel. He encouraged Fanny to compose, and while she never enjoyed a life long career in music, she still found time to write over 400 pieces of music. One of her most popular pieces is “Songs Without Words” for solo piano.

Fanny Mendelssohn Music Lesson Plan Resources

Music Composer of the Month: Fanny Mendelssohn

Composer Time Capsule: Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel

Übungsstück – Sheet Music for Intermediate Piano Solo

Fanny Mendelssohn Classical Music Composer Listening Activities

Pleased to Meet You: Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel

Euphemia Allen

Euphemia Allen doesn’t make most peoples list of greatest women composers, she certainly deserves it. She gave us one of the most popular pieces for piano ever written – Chopsticks. Who hasn’t played this song? Allen originally titled it, “The Celebrated Chop Waltz.” It was composed when she was just 16 years old. We don’t know much about her life, but for the 1901 Scotland census she listed her occupation as ‘teacher of the pianoforte’.

Euphemia Allen Music Lesson Plan Resources

Chopsticks | Beginner Piano Sheet Music

Chopsticks (Allen) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Chopsticks Piano Duet | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Chopsticks | Recorder Sheet Music

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25 Jazz Piano Sheet Music Arrangements for Kids

Jazzy rhythms and colorful chords make jazz piano arrangements appealing to kids. However, most arrangements aren’t written down. When they are the arrangements are too hard for beginning and advancing students.

The following collection of free and paid jazz piano arrangements make playing jazz approachable for even the youngest players. The rhythms are easy to play, but they swing – and the chord are rich, yet include only the most important notes to provide the color without becoming too difficult to play.

Click the links to listen to the arrangements. Every site includes an Mp3 recording that will be helpful in choosing the perfect song and also useful in perfecting your child’s performance.

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Beginner

Blue Bumblebee for Jazz Piano

Jingle Bells Boogie (Fling) for Jazz Piano

Thumping Blues for Jazz Piano

When the Saints Go Marching In for Jazz Piano

Easy

Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella Jazz Piano

The Entertainer (The Sting) for Jazz Piano/Level 3

Freight Train Boogie for Jazz Piano

Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho for Jazz Piano

Maple Leaf Rag for Jazz Piano/Level 3

Tiger Rag (Hold That Tiger) for Jazz Piano

Easy/Intermediate

Ain’t Misbehavin’ for Jazz Piano

Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Berlin) for Jazz Piano

Away in a Manger  Jazz Piano

Easy Winners for Jazz Piano

The Entertainer for Jazz Piano/Level 5

The Entertainer (Joplin) Play and Learn™ Edition/Level 5 (Sheet Music and Great Composer Worksheets)

Fifth Avenue Stroll for Jazz Piano

He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands for Jazz Piano

The Lollipop Kid for Jazz Piano

O Christmas Tree for Jazz Piano

Pure Imagination for Jazz Piano

Skating (Charlie Brown Christmas) for Jazz Piano

St. Louis Blues for Jazz Piano

12th Street Rag for Jazz Piano

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Check out these books that are written just for kids. The JazzKids® editions were created by Berklee College of Music graduate Willie Myette, to show beginning improvisers how to improvise at the piano. Our books are designed to be used in conjunction with other reading curriculum like the Alfred’s Piano Course.

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Alice the Camel – Beginner Piano Sheet Music

If your kids like silly songs, they’re sure to like Alice the Camel. It’s got a twist at the end that will get them giggling.

The piano sheet music included below is ideal for students with anywhere from beginner with limited experience to 2 years of playing experience, depending on their age and time invested. The mp3 recording included on the site will provided tons of help as your child practices this piece.

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Alice the Camel Beginner Piano Sheet Music

The arrangement is written entirely in C Position and includes an opportunity to learn about first and second endings.

‘Lyrics for ‘Alice the Camel’

Alice the camel has five humps.
Alice the camel has five humps.
Alice the camel has five humps.
So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has four humps.
Alice the camel has four humps.
Alice the camel has four humps.
So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has three humps.
Alice the camel has three humps.
Alice the camel has three humps.
So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has two humps.
Alice the camel has two humps.
Alice the camel has two humps.
So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has one hump.
Alice the camel has one hump.
Alice the camel has one hump.
So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has no humps.
Alice the camel has no humps.
Alice the camel has no humps.
Now Alice is a horse.

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St. Louis Blues – Easy Jazz Piano Sheet Music

“Saint Louis Blues” is a popular American jazz/blues song composed by W. C. Handy. It was published in September 1914. It was one of the first blues numbers to succeed as a pop song. It has been recorded by Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Bessie Smith, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Guy Lombardo, and the Boston Pops Orchestra.

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The Greatest Showman Movie| Beginner and Easy Piano Sheet Music

The Greatest Showman is a musical drama it premiered on the RMS Queen Mary II in 2017, the same year that saw the last performance ever from the predecessor of the Barnum and Bailey Circus – subject of the story. Barnum and Bailey started in 1871 and later merged with Ringling circus. In the mid 19th century P.T. Barnum and his circus troupe performed at the famous circus “The Greatest Show.” Some people loved and others were not sure about the film. It was nominated for a number of Musical or Comedy awards at the 75th Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture and best actor;  but it was the music, not the plot that stood out and won awards.  “The Greatest Showman” won music awards for the best original song ‘This is me.” It also won best original song in the 90th Academy Awards and Best compilation music from the film soundtrack for visual media at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

In real life, Jenny Lind was a famous singer who founded a children’s hospital in Norwich, England, where Barnum and Baileys circus visited. Based on a true story, the film set a new record number for sing-along-screenings in over 550 cinemas in the UK. The soundtrack was No.1 in the U.K. for 11 weeks, the second recording to do that in 30 years. In the U.S. It was listed in the top 15 of the IMDb list of American Top Grossing Musical Titles. It is currently running as a stage musical with sing-along-subtitles.

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Want to play the music from The Greatest Showman? This post includes links to arrangements for beginner and easy piano solo.

This Is Me | Easy Piano Sheet Music

 

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Never Enough | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Rewrite the Stars | Beginner Piano Sheet Music

 

About the Composer of  ‘The Greatest Showman’

Grammy Award winning songwriters, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who also wrote the score for “La La Land,” composed all the songs for the “The Greatest Showman.” They’ve been awarded Golden Globe and Academy Awards for La La Land  song “City of Stars” and also for “The Greatest Showman.”  The composers met at the University of Michigan, where they both graduated with a BFA Musical Theatre Degree. The very next year they won the  American Theatre Wings 2007 Jonathan Larson Award. Pasek and Paul compose for television, musical theatre and films including scores for the musical, Dear Evan Hansen, James and The Giant Peach

Synopsis of ‘The Greatest Showman’

It all began with P.T. Barnum, the son of a tailor.  Young Barnum fell in love with the daughter of his father’s  boss, Charity Hallett, when he managed to make her laugh one day. Charity is sent away to finishing school. Barnum  promised her that they would write to each other and meet when they were grown up. In the film the song, “A Million Dreams” is all about this promise. They do meet again, marry, and have two children.  Charity is happy, but Barnum wanted to do exciting things. When he lost his job he decided to get a bank loan and buy Barnum’s American Museum in Downtown Manhattan,  New York. It was a museum with a variety of things to look at. However, business was slow so his children suggested Barnum try something else. He began a search for unusual people, “freaks” as they were known at the time. Some people liked the show, but others didn’t. Barnum decided he needed to find someone rich to help support. Barnum went to England with his friend Carlyle who fell in love with an African American trapeze artist in the circus. Carlyle’s parents did not approve. Barnum departs again,  his troupe to perform on their own. They are teased, but they did not give up. “This is me” is about how they took courage and stood up to the people who bullied them. After meeting with the Queen, Barnum met Jenny Lind, a Swedish singer with an incredible voice. Barnum went on tour to America with Jenny Lind. Barnum then went home and found the circus was on fire. A fire started by protestors  who were against the troupe. Barnum lost everything, his home, his family, his wife, his troupe. Barnum was feeling sorry for himself. His troupe found him and told him that they were his family, and they would support him.

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Jaws Movie Theme | Beginner and Easy Piano Sheet Music

Released in 1975, Jaws quickly became the highest grossing film of all time and held that title until Star Wars was released in 1977. The music John Williams composed for the film is today one of the most recognizable movie themes. He used two simple notes to suggest danger and build incredible tension, prompting movie critics to compare him to master film maker, Alfred Hitchcock. Want to play the music of this blockbuster movie? This post includes four arrangements for beginner through easy piano. The first two arrangements are two tribute works that capture the spirit of the movie score, and make the music accessible for even the earliest beginner. The following two arrangements are simplified versions of the original score.

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About the Composer of ‘Jaws’ Movie Theme

John Williams, composer of the Jaws Movie theme, has been writing music for over six decades. Have you seen Home Alone, E.T. Extra-terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Superman, and the first three Harry Potter films? These are just a few of the movies for which John Williams has composed musical scores. John Williams described his Jaws theme as “grinding away at you, just as a shark would do, instinctual, relentless, unstoppable.” John Williams has also composed concertos, sports event and news channel themes, such as the themes for the 1984 Summer Olympics and NBC Sunday Night Football. John Williams has written the scores for most of Stephen Spielberg’s feature films. He also served as the principal conductor for the Boston Pops orchestra from 1980 to 1993, and is currently the laureate conductor. John Williams has received 51 Academy nominations, with only Walt Disney receiving more.

‘Jaws’ Movie Theme Quiz

Q1 What was the highest grossing film in 1975? A Jaws

Q2 Who composed the film score for Jaws? A John Williams Q3 How does John Williams describe the Jaws theme? A John Williams described this theme as “grinding away at you, just as a shark would do, instinctual, relentless, unstoppable.”

Q4 The Jaws theme is based on a very short motivic idea. How many notes make up this powerful motive (melody)? Two

“Jaws” Movie Synopsis

One hot summer the perfect calm of an idyllic beach in Amity, New Hampshire , where a party is in full swing, is suddenly disturbed. A young woman meets her demise while swimming. She was attacked by an unusually large shark. But how is this going to be handled?The police chief, Brody, wants the shark to be hunted down, whilst the Mayor and some local business men want to carry on as though nothing happened.Either way the tourist economy that supports Amity is at risk. Local fisherman catch a Tiger shark and the mayor to declares the case closed. A Great White shark tooth is found in connection with another victim.Against fierce opposition, Hooper, an Ichthyologist, Brody the sheriff and Quint, Captain of the ‘Orca’, set out to capture the shark. We are tipped the wink that Quint is a hero when he regales Hooper with tales of his survival of USS Indianapolis. At this same moment the shark rams the hull of the boat…The Great White Shark is overpowered, the ‘Orca’ is destroyed and the men wash back ashore at Amity beach clinging to barrels from the wreckage. Amity is safe once more…

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Cinderella Dressed in Yella – Beginner Piano Sheet Music (Digital)

Cinderella (Dressed in Yella) is a popular rhyme that kids enjoy while skipping rope, and it’s possibly the most well known of all the jump rope rhymes. It’s popularity around playgrounds began to grow after the release of the pop song “Cinderella Rockafella” by Esther and Abi Ofarim in 1968.

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Cinderella (Dressed in Yella) | Beginner Piano Sheet Music

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Cinderella (Dressed in Yella) Lyrics

Cinderella dressed in yella,
Went upstairs to kiss her fella.
By mistake she kissed a snake,
How many doctors will it take?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, etc.

Cinderella dressed in blue,
Went upstairs to tie her shoe,
By mistake she tied a knot,
How many knots will she make?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, etc.

Cinderella dressed in green,
Went downtown to buy a ring,
By mistake she bought a fake,
How many days before it breaks?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, etc.

The counting continues as long as the jumper does not miss a jump.

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Morning by Grieg | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music

“Morning” (or Morning Mood) is a work from Edward Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Op.23. Written in 1875, Morning was composed as a piece of incidental music to Henrik Ibsen’s play by the same name. It was also included as the first of four movements for Grieg’s, Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46.

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About the Composer of ‘Morning’

Edward Grieg was a Norwegian composer and pianist, born in Bergen, Norway on June 15, 1843. Grieg is known for his use of Norwegian folk music; thus paving the way for the development of Norway’s national identity. With the help of these melodies his works paint a musical picture of the landscape of the beautiful Norwegian countryside. Grieg is considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and is best known for his Piano Concerto in A Minor and his music for Henrik Ibsen’s stage play Peer Gynt, which includes two of his best-known works: Morning Mood and In the Hall of the Mountain King.

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Marriage of Figaro by Mozart | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music

The Marriage of Figaro is a popular comic opera or opera buffa by Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with an Italian libretto written by Lorenzo da Ponte. Based on Pierre-Agustin Caron de Beaumarchais’ 1784 stage comedy Le Marriage de Figaro (“The Mad Day or The Marriage of Figaro“), the comic opera premiered on May 1,1786 at the Burgtheater in Vienna. The Marriage of Figaro has since been one of Mozart’s renowned works and remains a favorite in the operatic repertoire. The opera is in four acts and is on Operabase’s Top ten list of most frequently performed operas. The Marriage of Figaro tells about the story of Figaro and Susanna getting married successfully even after their philandering employer Count Almaviva tried to seduce Susanna.

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About the Composer of ‘Marriage of Figaro’

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, born in Salzburg, Austria in 1756, was a renowned composer in the classical era. He was the youngest of the seven children of parents Leopold and Anna Maria Pertl Mozart. His father Leopold Mozart was a minor composer and an experienced teacher and was the one who taught Wolfgang when he showed interest during one of his older sister’s keyboard lessons with their father. At a young age of 4, Wolfgang was considered a musical prodigy and was very competent on keyboard and violin. He started composing short pieces at a very young age and by the age of 13 he had composed his first opera at the request of an emperor.

By the time Mozart was in his mid-twenties he had established himself as one of the most accomplished keyboard players in Vienna, and was recognized as a talented composer. Some of his most famous pieces include Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for string orchestra, which means ‘A Little Night Music‘, and ‘Ah vous dirais-je, Maman‘ for piano solo, which is a set of twelve variations on a French tune that Mozart would have known as a young boy.

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Can You Imagine That (Mary Poppins Returns) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Can You Imagine That‘ from Disney’s highly anticipated movie musical sequel, “Mary Poppins Returns,” is written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The song is performed by Emily Blunt, and appeals to new and old fans of the original “Mary Poppins” movie from 1964. “Mary Poppins Returns” has grossed over $174.5 million worldwide and received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised Blunt’s performance, the musical score and numbers, visuals, production values, and sense of nostalgia. It was chosen as one of the top ten films of 2018, and received numerous award nominations by both the National Board of Review and American Film Institute.

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Can You Imagine That (Mary Poppins Returns) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

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