Category Archives: Elementary Music

Animal Alphabet Songs


7 Alphabet Animal Songs

I tried to make it easy for everyone by creating one PDF document for all 7 of these songs. But for some reason, no matter how I tried, the links were not correct. So I am starting all over with new links. If this doesn’t work, I will have to come up with another cunning plan. :)

You have permission to use these with your students. They may not be sold, the files may not be shared, and they may not be posted on other websites. You are welcome to share a link back to this page. Hot linking the PDF is not allowed. The music, lyrics, and art are my original creations.

When I first published these songs in 2013, each one was a separate blog post. I discussed the creative process in writing them and how very, very difficult it is writing a song with just one or two notes. That is why I composed duets for each one.  They make the music a lot more interesting for student and teacher.

I think students do better at reading in the long run if they learn from the very beginning that middle C is not always going to be a thumb. I know not everyone agrees with this, so please feel free to put whatever finger numbers suit your fancy. In some of the songs, I left the fingering off so that you can do just that.

These pieces are supposed to be like nursery rhymes. The lyrics help with the rhythm and make the songs more fun. Please encourage your students to sing or at least chant along!

Below are links (hopefully!) t0 the original blog posts for each individual song. I had so much fun writing these songs and using them with my youngest students. That is why I enjoy sharing them with you. Do your students have a favorite? I would love to know which one! Even better, I would love to see a video of your student singing and playing!

Alligator, Alligator, All You Play is A

B is for the Baseball Bear

Pat the Cat’s Patting Song

E is for Elephant

The Doughnut Mystery: It’s D Day

Frogs Wearing Flip Flops

G Is For Giraffe







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Birthday Surprise

Special Birthday Song

Special Birthday Song

I wrote this for a student to learn to play for his brother’s birthday. You can use this with any beginning student. I decided not to put finger numbers in the “staff” version so that you can use what ever position you wish to start on. Also, the pre-reading version can be played on the black keys. If you have a young beginner with a summer birthday, this might be a fun song to print!

Isn’t it kind of sad when our students get too old for this kind of thing? Sad, and happy, too, because we can introduce them to a whole new world of music!

I originally drew the illustrations for a birthday game I posted a few years back. Click on the title below for the free download. This game has two levels, so you can play it with more than just beginners. It’s a fun game and it doesn’t have to be their birthday to play. It might be fun to use if you’re having a summer piano camp. The game is  a big file, and it may take a while to download.

Celebrate Birthday Game


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Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas

 The Twelve Days of Christmas

Whenever I update my music or graphics for my own students, I like to share them with you. This has been on my website a long time, but when I was just about to print it out for a student, I decided I wanted to update the picture of the partridge. While I was at it, I spaced out the measures so it would be easier to read.

I tried to make this music look appropriate for all ages, so you can use this with beginning adults as well as children.

It is very easy  to improvise a duet with this song, since you can harmonize it with 4 chords while the student plays an octave higher.

Click on the link  or the  picture to download.

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Alligator, Alligator, All You Play is A!


Alligator, Alligator, All You Play is A

[Edited: Here is a link to all 7 of the Animal Alphabet songs. AlphabetAnimalSongsBundle]

I struggled with a poem to go with my alligator drawing. It was so much effort to draw Mr. Alligator that I guess I had nothing left for the poem. Also, I wanted a very easy melody with lots of A’s; something that a 5-year-old can sight-read.

And then, when I was least expecting it, the words and melody came to me. “Alligator, alligator, all you play is A. Can’t you find another note to play for us today?” Even the older brother loves the poem. One of these days I might recycle my poem into a more interesting melody! 

My student wanted to know if all the alligator can play is A, why are there three notes in the song. Students and their questions! I told him he was smarter than an alligator, so he can play more notes. He had never played bass F and G, but since we are using the Notey Noteheads cards, it was not a problem for him. It’s all about learning to read by intervals.

The teacher duet was confusing to play along with. So if I were you, I would not use the duet until your students can play the song confidently. The eighth note rhythm is the problem, so try just playing quarter notes if your student has trouble.

If you are new to this blog, this song is part of a set of pieces I am writing that feature a different animal for each letter of the alphabet. Other songs in the set are D is for Doughnut, E is for Elephant, Pat the Cat’s Patting song, Frogs Wearing Flip Flops, and G is for Giraffe. You can see them all here. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. You can also look back in the previous posts or do a search on the search tool on the right side.



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