Category Archives: Preschool Music Resources

Some Thanksgiving Music

Easy Thanksgiving Music

I  have a lot of easy sheet music that can be used for Thanksgiving on my website. All of these are primer (beginning level and on the staff in 5-finger position) unless noted. They are short and can be used for sight-reading. Some have duets and can be used in programs.  These are all free downloads I made for my students. You don’t have to sign up or subscribe to anything to enjoy them. I use these to remind students why we celebrate Thanksgiving and how much we have to be thankful for.

Father We Thank Thee For the Night

Bless Us O Lord, and These Thy Gifts That We Receive  Here is the easy duet part for this. Click here for a pre-reading version for beginners. 

All Things Bright and Beautiful

American the Beautiful

All Creatures of Our God and King

Hurray, Thanksgiving Day – Pre -Reading

Hurray, Thanksgiving Day – on the staff

Here are the two composing activities for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Thanks Pre-reading Version

Thanksgiving Thanks  On-the-staff Version

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New! Scarecrow Stomp Game

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Scarecrow Stomp Game

What do musical little scarecrows do when they get tired of chasing away crows? Well they stomp the acorn notes scattered over the field, or course! Well, at least in my imagination that’s what they do. This is a yet another version of my favorite game, and of course I made new cards, this time with an autumn theme. It’s kind of nostalgic, because I doubt few kids in the suburbs know what it’s like to bale hay. I have a lot of readers who DO live on a farm, plus a lot who have all these memories in their head. I know I do, and there is nothing like autumn on the farm. [Edited to fix the keyboard cards. There is now a B! You will need to refresh your screen for the updated version.]

The nice thing about fall activities is they can be used all the way through Thanksgiving. This is a good game for students who don’t celebrate Halloween. There is no Card of Doom, but there is a terrible card. Literally, it’s The Terrible Card!

The original file contains 7 pages:

  • The board game
  • The optional colorful back
  • Three pages of flash cards
  • Fun directional cards, including The Terrible Card

How to Print

  • Set your printer to landscape. For a crisp, good-looking game board, use photo paper and laminate.
  • Insert photo paper or card stock and print the game board. When the print box opens up, under “Pages to Print” select “Pages.” In the dialog box, type “1” because you are only printing the first page. Set it aside to dry.
  • Insert card stock to print the cards. Under “Pages to Print” select “Pages” again and type “2-6.” If you can only print one page of card stock at a time, type a different number for each page.
  • To print the back of the flash cards, re-insert the printed card pages so that you will be printing on the back. Under “Pages to Print” select “Pages” and type “7” because the 7th page is the colorful back. [To keep from wasting ink, be sure you know how to do this. See my FAQ.]
  • You may have this printed at a print shop. I can send you a release if you need it.

Directions

This game can be played with students only, or teacher and student. The players take turns drawing cards and moving to the correct alphabet name. Mix up the note cards with the instruction cards.  The game is over when a player draws any note card after the last D. I try to make sure the students win more than they lose, so sometimes I have to get creative! You can mix and match the cards to fit the students. If a student only knows a few notes on the staff, add the keyboard cards to extend the game. For pre-school children, help them say the music alphabet backwards by letting them read it backwards or omit this card if necessary.

Objectives

  • To reinforce or learn note names on the staff
  • To learn the word “octave.”

This file is for personal use in your home or piano studio. Please do not share electronic files. My material is copyrighted. Do not post images on your website. Thanks!

 

 

 

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New Book! Songs I Already Know

Songs I Already Know 

Students love to play songs they know!

Songs I Already Know is a collection of 10 well-known children’s songs arranged for young beginners with lyrics, duet parts, and hand drawn illustrations.  The melodies are written in a variety of 5-finger hand positions on or near middle C to encourage children not to associate a finger with a certain piano key.

Duet parts for parents or older siblings!

Each student part is complete with a primer level melody divided between the hands and lyrics. But there is an optional, easy accompaniment for each song. Parents and siblings often have trouble reading two hands on one staff, which is how most teacher duets are written at this level. However, the accompaniments in Songs I Already Know are written on the treble and bass staves like regular piano music, which makes it easier for parents and older students to accompany the melody.

Songs include:

  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
  • Down by the Station
  • London Bridge is Falling Down
  • Eency Weeny Spider
  • Are You Sleeping
  • Hickory, Dickory Dock
  • It’s Raining It’s Pouring/Rain, Rain, Go Away
  • Do Your Ears Hang Low
  • Bingo
  • The Farmer in the Dell

This is a great book for sight reading, students who are not ready to go on to the next level, or a supplementary fun book. It’s fun because most students are familiar with the songs!

Check out this book in the Store section to see samples of the songs. Thank you for supporting this website by donations and purchasing music!

This is a studio license, so a single teacher can make unlimited copies for years of playing.

 

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Any Day Composing Sheets

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Pre-Reading Composing Sheet

Grand Staff Composing Sheet

Some teachers asked me for composing sheets they could use any time of the year, without a theme. I’ve made them for every season, but I’ve never made any that can be used all year. That sounded like a good project to add to my collection!

I made two sheets, one for pre-reading students who know finger numbers, and one with a grand staff in 4/4 meter. If you are new to these, the pre-reading version is for students who have just started piano and can’t read notes very well.  This gives them something fun to do with you at the lesson or in a group.  Students write their finger numbers or note names in the yellow starbursts.  When they change hands, they have to indicate RH or LH. The grand staff version can be used many ways but most young children write a melody divided between the hands. The reason I add the rhythm is to give some structure and speed the process along.

However, if you are looking for blank staff paper for your older students or yourself, I have many different kinds and sizes here. Check out the one with the clefs and measures already written.

Staff Paper Variety Pack

Staff Paper Variety Pack

If you use any of these sheets, it would give me just a lot of pleasure to see what the students wrote. Take a picture of it or make a video of your students playing and email it to me or post it on my Facebook page. Let me know if I have permission to post it!

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