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.
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.
Check out this entertaining popsicle stick theater production from the MakingMusicFun.net academy. It is one of a collection of composer video biographies. This lesson features Italian Baroque composer Antonio Lucio Vivaldi. This is a great foundation for your next composer unit.
Begin by watching the Antonio Vivaldi composer video lesson with your students. Explore the supporting resources, including the FREE printable study guide. Your students will have fun completing the FREE Meet Vivaldi word search and “Meet the Composer” Job Application worksheet.
Watch the Meet Vivaldi Video | Baroque Composer Biography for Kids
Print the FREE Meet Antonio Vivaldi Study Guide
Visit the link below to print the FREE Meet Vivaldi study guide.
Check out the FREE Meet Vivaldi word search worksheet. Tell your kids or students how many words there are to search for and then let them go to work finding the keywords from the Meet Antonio Vivaldi composer biography.
Some scholars think that Vivaldi’s Four Seasons was inspired by sonnets that he wrote himself. Armand D’Angour, a British scholar and musician, translated the sonnets in 2017.
Springtime has now arrived, and full of cheer The birds greet her return with festive song, And streams caressed by breaths of western breezes With gentle murmuration flow along. Casting a dark mantle over heaven, Come thunder, lightning, harbingers of spring: They die away to silence, and the songbirds Take up their tuneful strain once more and sing. Now in the lovely meadow, filled with flowers, Under the branches rustling overhead The goat-herd sleeps, his faithful dog beside him. Led by the festive sound of rustic bagpipes, The nymphs and shepherds lightly dance and sing Beneath the brilliant canopy of spring.
In icy snow we tremble from the cold, Caught by the bristling wind with its harsh breath; We run and stamp our feet at every moment, With teeth a-chatter, cold as very death; Or by the fire we sit content and happy While outside pours down a torrential squall, And tread across the ice with careful footsteps, Cautious from fear that we might trip and fall; We turn abruptly, slip, and crash down earthwards, Then rising, hasten on across the ice In case the surface cracks and breaks apart. Through bolted doors we hear the winds competing, Sirocco, North Wind, all the winds at war: It’s winter, but it brings us joy for sure.
To read the entire translation of Vivaldi’s Four Sonnets, visit the site of Armand D’Angour.
Play the Piano Sheet Music from the Meet Vivaldi Composer Biography Video Lesson
The Meet Vivaldi video features sheet music from MakingMusicFun.net. Visit the links below to print the piano sheet music:
Want to play the Christmas piano sheet music featured in Fortnite? Below are links to printable arrangements Christmas carols featured in the game. I’ll also include the lyrics if your family and friends would like to sing along.
Dashing through the snow
In a one-horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bobtails ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing
A sleighing song tonight
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh, hey
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh
Lyrics for Twelve Days of Christmas
On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.
On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.
On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.
Subsequent verses for Twelve Days of Christmas are as follows:
4 calling birds
5 gold rings
6 geese a-laying
7 swans a-swimming
8 maids a-milking
9 ladies dancing
10 lords a-leaping
11 pipers piping
12 drummers drumming
About Fortnite (Game)
Fortnite is an action building game using the Unreal Engine 4 from game publisher, Epic Games. You and your friends guide a group of Heroes to claim and rebuild a homeland that has been destroyed by the darkness only known as “The Storm.”
Join with your friends online to build amazing forts, collect and/or build radical weapons and traps, and protect the communities that you build from the strange creatures that emerge. Unite to battle the “Storm” and save the world.
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.
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.
Coventry Carol is one of the oldest Christmas carols is existence. The carol first appeared around 1591 as part of the play, The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors. It is the only song that survived from the play. The exact date of the lyrics is not known, although references have been found that about the Coventry guild pageants that put the date at 1392 and onward. The only surviving lyrics for the carol and concerning the pageant containing the carol was edited by Robert Croo. He dated his manuscript, March 14, 1534.
This is a five-finger arrangement for the most part, with a little harmony at the end. It’s in middle C position throughout, with a couple of flats. There’s an mp3 file on the site that students can listen to as they practice. The arrangement is available in PDF format.
And when the stars ingather do
In their far venture stay
Then smile as dreaming, little one,
By, by, lully, lullay.
A number of versions also include a fifth verse.
Practice Tips for Coventry Carol
1) Start by asking your piano student to name the flatted notes and to play them on the piano.
2) Show you piano student the correct hand placement for this piece, and let them know that their hands will be in this position throughout the piece.
3) Demonstrate the first two measures and ask them to play them for you. Say “half note” when you play the half note. Ask them to do the same so that their performance of the half note is the correct length. Encouraging students to say “half note” when they play the half note will also help them two recall the number of beats for this rhythm – half note – two syllables.
4) Demonstrate measures 3-4, and ask them to play them for you. Say “three-beat-note” when you play the dotted half note.
5) Discuss the tie in measures 7-8 and 15-16. Demonstrate these measures and ask your piano student to practice them back to back.
6) Practice the rest of the measures in a similar fashion.
No self-respecting person who says they are a fan of musicals should ever miss out on the legend that is The Sound of Music. The Broadway stage musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II was based on the memoir written by Baroness Maria Augusta von Trapp (née Kutschera) called The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. It was later adapted into a musical drama movie starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Both the stage musical and the film featured popular classics like My Favorite Things, Edelweiss, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, and of course the title song The Sound of Music.
The story is set in Austria and centered around Maria who, while she was deciding about whether to become a nun, worked as a governess to the seven children of naval commander Georg von Trapp. The captain had become a widower when his wife, Agatha Whitehead, died from scarlet fever in 1922. Over time, Maria fell in love with the children, and eventually with their father as well. Later in the story, the Captain receives an order to accept a commission in the German navy, but he does not agree with Nazi ideology. Maria and the captain then devise a plan to take the children and flee the country with them.
The original Broadway production received nine nominations and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Do-Re-Mi is one of the show tunes that quickly became a crowd favorite because of its catchy melody and clever use of English homophones (or near-homophones) that make it easier to remember each syllable in the musical solfège system. In the story, the song was used by Maria to help the Von Trapp children learn the notes of the major musical scale since they were learning to sing for the first time.
Print Beginner Piano Sheet Music
Here’s a wonderful arrangement of ‘Do-Re-Mi’ from MusicNotes.com. It’s arranged for the advancing piano student and is available for digital download in PDF format.
The melody was composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics provided by Oscar Hammerstein II. The two Americans formed a successful and influential musical theatre writing team during the 1940s and 1950s which was considered to be the “golden age” for the musical theatre. They created some of the most popular Broadway musicals of all time including The King and I, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Carousel, and of course The Sound of Music. The outstanding work that their partnership produced in both stage musicals and film garnered numerous awards including fifteen Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, thirty-four Tony Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize.
Pirate-themed games, movies, and books are always a hit with kids. Pirate-themed piano sheet is a sure-fire way to get them practicing too.
This collection of pirate sheet music has something for everyone, from beginning piano students to more advanced players. Click the links to check out the sheet music. Every piece on the list has recording of the piece and is available to print instantly.
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Blackbeard’s Ghost for Beginner Piano is a one page arrangement that keeps the student in the same hand position throughout the piece. After they get the hang of the rhythms they’ll love playing this piece over and over.
He’s a Pirate for Beginner Piano from Pirate’s of the Caribbean is super fun to play. This arrangement is five pages long, and more then more young players will want to work on. However, it’s easy enough to shorten the arrangement, and give them something they’ll enjoy playing.
Blackbeard’s Ghost for Easy Piano is an energetic three page arrangement with lots of great challenges for young players. The arrangement find many ways to keep things interesting throughout, while making it playable for students with 4+ years of experience.
A Pirate I Am is a light-hearted tale that’s sure to tickle the funny bone of kids and adults alike. This book may be used in the music classroom as a lesson resource, or just enjoyed at story time. Includes fully illustrated story and piano sheet music so you can sing the whole thing.
The Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean is another wonderful piece for easy piano. The piece is bright, and energetic with opportunities to practice quick repeated notes. It’s perfect for students with 5+ years of experience.
Want an easy piano arrangement for Lauren Daigle’s new song, You Say. This arrangement is written for Piano and voice with chords for guitar. It’s available in PDF format on MusicNotes.com. Below that you be able to check out the words and read the story about how the song came to be in Lauren’s own words.
I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough
Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up
Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low?
Remind me once again just who I am, because I need to know (ooh oh)
You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours
And I believe (I), oh I believe (I)
What You say of me (I)
It was the day after my very first Dove awards, and I remember being completely overwhelmed. I walked into the studio, and Paul and Jason, my producers, were in there and they’re like “All right what’s going on in your world, how’s it been?”
It was the first time we had written since How Can It Be…I just remember feeling like so much had happened the night before, wondering How do I come back down to normal, how do I come back down to reality? And I started realizing these patterns of really high highs and then, okay now there’s a low. Really high high, now there’s a low…And Involving expectation in that space can just leave you kind of questioning your identity- Where do I fit in, where is my security, where is my footing?
So when writing “You Say,” I just remember feeling for the first time pretty conflicted. It was definitely the first moment in just being an artist that I was like Okay, where is all this going exactly? And I know that we’ve all faced moments in life where we can feel a crossroads happen— where we can see the past and also see the future, and realize how we are supposed to exist in the present. And it was one of those moments where I could see where things were going and I knew exactly where I came from, and I needed those worlds to still be married.
And thus brought up the issue of identity and trying to figure out how to exist when I felt like so many things were pulling me in so many different directions. I think a lot of times we build these complexes based on insecurity, based on fear, based on rejection, and lies that we have to constantly overcome. And so this song for me was just a reminder of identity. It was a reminder that I know when I’m weak, He’s strong—so how do I change that and bring that into my every day life? When I feel inadequate how is it that there’s always these moments where I feel like God just steps in and supercedes my inadequacies. This entire song was so every single day I would get up on stage and remind myself—no, this is the truth, this is the truth, this is the truth. Don’t get buried in confusion. Don’t get buried in waywardness. Just remember to steady the course, steady the course.
Choucoune is a nineteenth century Haitian song by Michel Mauléart Monton with lyrics by Oswald Durand. A calypso style arrangement was created by Norman Luboff for the Norman Luboff Choir with lyrics by Academy Award winning song writers, Alan and Marilyn Bergman. The adapted song was titled ‘Yellow Bird’ and was first recorded on Calypso Holiday (1957).
During the 65 years that Johann Sebastian Bach lived he wrote 1128compositions and had 23 more in the works which are now lost or unfinished. Among them Musette in D is one of the very best. It provides piano students with an opportunity to work on music that offers a challenge to both hands, and be rewarded with the chance to enjoy playing a great piece once they have everything worked out.
About Johann Sebastian Bach – Composer of Musette in D
About Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations, and vocal music such as the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach Revival he has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. Read more on Wikipedia