“This Little Light of Mine is a great children’s gospel song which became a civil rights anthem in the 1950’s to 1960’s. Get FREE piano sheet music for “This Little Light of Mine” at MakingMusicFun.net.
With the Summer Starting, now is a great time to learn how to play the guitar or perfect your skills and learn some new songs. It’s the perfect instrument to bring to a summer beach party or camping trip! Many people are already aware of all the FREE piano sheet music on Making Music Fun. However, did you know they also have a ton of FREE guitar sheet music? Here is a link to an easy guitar solo: “Ode to Joy” by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Would you like to play a few patriotic songs in honor of Memorial Day Weekend? Or, if you need time to perfect them, you can start practicing now to get ready for the Fourth of July. Here are a few FREE patriotic songs for piano you can download from MakingMusicFun.net.
We Love You America for Piano Solo by Andrew Fling – Easy/Level 1 Piano Sheet Music
Yankee Doodle for Piano Solo | Traditional – Easy/Level 1 Piano Sheet Music
America the Beautiful for Piano Solo by Samuel A. Ward – Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Sheet Music
While you are there, be sure to check out the huge selection of other sheet music and music education resources available at MakingMusicFun.net.
Head over to MakingMusicFun.net for a huge selection of FREE sheet music. The music is professionally arranged for many piano levels and various instruments.
Here is a great easy piano arrangement of Amazing Grace. Download and print it out here: Amazing Grace – Easy/Level 1 Beginner Piano Sheet Music
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind, but now I see.
Making Music Fun is a wonderful site which offers quality sheet music and music education resources for kids. They have created a couple premium apps which are now available for free.
Here is more about them:
The MMF! All-in-One Primer iPad App is a graded edition for young piano students that speeds progress by introducing students to a limited collection of musical elements, and then drilling these elements sufficiently to help students gain mastery over them. It’s an everything-they-need-and-nothing-they-don’t method book to help students succeed quickly. The MMF! All-in-One Primer is recommended for the young beginner.
“Meet Beethoven” from MakingMusicFun.net, is an elementary music education resource designed to send your child’s excitement about music and learning into overdrive! Right from the beginning, “MB” draws kids in with vibrant images and content that they’ll be excited to share with family and friends. Then, “MB” turns your kids into active learners, starting with an interactive game that drills the keywords they read in the introductory materials. At the core of the app, “MB” provides for a hands-on music making experience by providing sheet music with interactive music learning tools for a variety of music instruments. In classic MakingMusicFun.net style, “MB” wraps things up with a wacky quiz called, “Pizza for Beethoven”. Answer enough questions correctly, and Beethoven gets a pizza for dinner. Miss too many questions and Beethoven goes to bed hungry.
Head to the iTunes store and get them now while they are still available!
Making Music Fun Piano Primer App for iPad: MMF Piano Primer App
Meet Beethoven Music Education App for iPad: Meet Beethoven App
Chord-based piano accompaniment is not often featured in kids’ piano lessons, but The Piano Chords Fun Book aims to change that. Author Andy Fling opens the door to improvisational lead sheet accompaniment by walking students through the basics of chord structures and common accompaniment rhythm patterns. Using short, familiar songs for examples and practice exercises, this piano book makes accompanying kid-friendly.
Get The Piano Chords Fun Book: A Beginner’s Guide to Accompanying – Limited Time Freebie through April 12, 2017
24 Page PDF Digital Download
This book begins with an introduction to chords and a very helpful visual representation of the main chords most likely to be called for in lead sheets. The major, minor, 7, and minor 7 of every key are included, providing students with a toolbox full of chords right from the beginning. Then, three of the most common accompaniment patterns– boom chick, open-arpeggio, and Alberti bass are explained with the aid of short examples. These patterns are then applied to situations where one might be accompanying without playing the melody. Two more chord patterns are then introduced the jazz waltz and the clone and finally, some tips on voicing are provided. At the end of the book are 8 short, familiar songs written with melody and chord names only, along with blank music ledger paper. Throughout the book, students are encouraged to use these materials to try out various patterns.
The whole concept of introducing lead sheets and chords to kids is a great idea. It allows students to experience the creative and improvisational side of playing piano, which can be a refreshing change from striving to play the notes on the page exactly correctly. Naming and demonstrating a few different accompaniment patterns also provides a reasonable amount of structure while still encouraging originality. Instead of overwhelming kids with too many options, the rhythmic patterns give them a solid jumping off point. By using short, traditional songs, the book also allows students to begin their arranging journey on familiar ground. If they know the melody, they are free to focus on creating an interesting accompaniment. Overall, the strategy and progression make a complex skill very approachable.
Most students will need a fair amount of guidance to navigate this book successfully. Unless a student is extremely motivated and willing to experiment, they may find the progression a little quick or struggle to put the pieces together on their own. The book often encourages experimentation and reminds students that there’s no “wrong way” to play, but kids who are used to having one right way to play a song may need some encouragement and guidance. The explanations of each concept are generally brief, which is nice for kids, but they may need some supplement from a knowledgeable teacher. An older student who is very intelligent, motivated, or creative could flourish on his or her own, though.
With the aid of a teacher, this book could help any student learn the basics of chords and lead sheets and enjoy doing it. They will emerge with a deeper knowledge of how music is put together and have many creative doors opened. The Piano Chords Fun Book provides a fun, accessible way for students to learn a valuable, lifelong skill.
All-In-One Piano Book for Level 1A (Digital Print)
Beethoven | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 1
Mozart | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 2 (Digital Book)
Tchaikovsky | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 3
Bach | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 4
Get Danny Boy | Easy Piano Sheet Music on MakingMusicFun.net. It’s their Limited Time Freebie this month. The resource goes back to paid on March 11, 2017.