Easy Piano Music for the Beginner

easypianomusicAs a beginner to the piano, you’re probably tired of playing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” over and over again. Anyone learning a skill can tell you that copying the greats is one of the best ways to learn. However, you don’t have to be stuck to over-simple songs that end up giving you a headache. You can change things up.

Many of you will recognize these tunes when you listen to them, if not by name, and many of you will be shocked that, even as a beginner, you can play them. From Making Music Fun, you can find different sheet music for different difficulty levels all for free. Here are eleven free sheets that you can play as a beginner.

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1. Carol of the Bells by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych

Carol of the Bells is a very popular Christmas song, and with the Holidays just around the corner, you might be looking for some music to play at your next family gathering. If you know how to read sheet music, you can easily follow along with this free PDF copy available from Making Music Fun. You can even listen to the melody so that you know what it should sound like before you attempt to play it.

2. Chopsticks by Euphemia Allen

You have likely heard Chopsticks at least once, even if you didn’t realize that’s what the song was called. If you want to learn how to play this simple yet elegant tune, you can download a free PDF copy from Making Music Fun. Just like Carol of the Bells, Making Music Fun offers a free audio of the musical arrangement so you can know what it should sound like when played properly.

3. The Entertainer by Scott Joplin

Many of you have likely heard The Entertainer without realizing that was what it was called. This song is fun and upbeat, and it can lift up your spirits if you’ve had a bad day. You can download a free PDF copy from Making Music Fun, and you can even listen to it before you play. After you’ve tried this difficulty for a while, you might even want to move up to the next level.

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4. Fur Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven

Like The Entertainer, Fur Elise is probably one of those songs you’ve heard before and didn’t realize what it was called. Much of Beethoven’s music has a somber tone to it, but it is still quite relaxing after a hard day. You can find a free PDF copy of the sheet music as well as a free audio clip on Making Music Fun.

5. In the Halls of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg

This piece is another that you might not have recognized by name. In the Halls of the Mountain King is a popular piece, and you can learn to play it. You can print out a free PDF copy of the sheet music and listen to an audio clip on Making Music Fun.

6. Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven

Like Carol of the Bells, Ode to Joy is a popular Christmas song. It is also one of the few songs Beethoven composed that isn’t so somber. If you want to impress your family when the Holidays roll around, print out a free PDF copy of the sheet music, and start practicing! You can also listen to a free audio clip to listen to this sheet’s particular arrangement.

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7. Malaguena

Malaguena is a fun little tune that will definitely get your head nodding. It has a distinct Spanish sound and has a particularly easy beat to follow. You can get your free PDF copy of the sheet music from Making Music Fun, and you can listen to a free audio clip to hear how the sheet music will sound before you play.

8. All the Pretty Little Horses (Ponies)

All the Pretty Little Horses is an old lullaby that you have likely heard at least once in your life. It’s beautiful, repetitive melody is simple to play on the piano. You can get your free PDF copy of the sheet music from Making Music Fun. They also offer a free audio clip so you can hear how the sheet music will sound before you even touch the keys.

9. All Through the Night

Like the song above it, All Through the Night is an old lullaby that you have likely heard at least once. It’s repetitive, soothing melody is great for helping anyone sleep, and it’s also simple to play. Of all the songs in this list, it is perhaps the shortest, running at only twenty seconds long in the audio clip offered on Making Music Fun. You can also get your free PDF sheet music from Making Music Fun.

10. Beethoven’s Fifth by Ludwig van Beethoven

If listening to Beethoven’s Fifth makes you think of a funeral, you’re not alone. Many people describe this somber song as sounding like a funeral march. Making Music Fun offers a free PDF copy of the sheet music, simplified for beginners. You can start with this then work your way up until you’re playing his entire fifth.

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11. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Like Carol of the Bells and Ode to Joy, We Wish You a Merry Christmas is a great song you can use to show off your new piano skills during the Holiday season. You can listen to an audio clip of the sheet music arrangement before you touch the keys. If you’re ready to play it for yourself, you can get a free PDF copy of the sheet music from Making Music Fun.

One last thing…

Whether you use this list of easy piano music for beginners or take a look at Making Music Fun to find your own songs, you will enjoy having a whole new range of options to play when you practice. If you haven’t started learning yet, Making Music Fun offers free piano books to help you teach yourself. Otherwise, you can check out this great list of online courses to learn from a teacher.