Welcome to the Piano Muse.
Here you will find a collection of easy music scores for budding pianists. All of these pieces are free to download, share and enjoy. All of them have been composed specifically to allow the student the pleasure of making “real” music while learning the basic techniques he will use when ready to tackle the classics.
Most teachers prefer to base their early lessons on any of a number of standard piano courses which are presented in graded volumes of selected pieces and exercises. For the first year or so, this is a reliable method of assuring that each pupil will aquire a working knowledge of the mechanics of playing the piano while advancing towards the day when they can begin to enjoy some of the simpler classics.
But there’s a big gap between “Jumping Bean” or any of the similarly tritely titled pieces in those piano courses and the universally loved “Fur Elise.” And there’s a lot of learning required while trying to bridge that gap, a gap which too often becomes the Waterloo of many students and their teachers.
The scarcity of good music for those first two or three years is one of the most obvious reasons for so many students losing interest in their lessons. If they can experience the pleasure of playing music which sounds like music, rather than a child’s exercise, they will be more likely to continue with their music.
Before I began to write music for my students, I gradually realized that there was a remarkable consistency in their choice of favorite pieces in the various piano books. I could accurately predict that when each student reached “Mountain Waterfall” or “Snowflakes” they would enjoy it. And the age of the student seemed to make no difference. Everyone enjoyed these same few pieces.
It was fairly easy to pinpoint exactly why these pieces seem to appeal to virtually all the students. First, they sounded richer and more complex. They all contained broken chords or simple chord patterns for the left hand, but the number of those chord changes was extremely small. Sometimes no more than three different chords.
So the left hand was making a lot of sound with very little actual note reading while the student could apply his attention to the right hand. Which was invariably melodic and attractive. Very few students enjoyed the pieces with dissonant notes, which are often included in the more recent piano courses in a misguided attempt to seem modern and trendy. Dissonance is an acquired taste and in those early stages, merely confuses the student.
In short, the pieces were relatively easy and gave a lot of “bang for the buck”. They were strong on melody and very sparing with any dissonances.
Armed with this knowledge I began to compose in a style which mimicked those pieces which time and again had proven popular with my students. Each piece sounds more difficult than it really is, each is melodic and almost no dissonances are used. The student is almost certain to enjoy playing them and at the same time is learning the notes and acquiring a nice finger fluency. And by incorporating many of the simpler elements of the classics, I am preparing the student for that wonderful leap into the work of the masters. Bach and Mozart and Beethoven are waiting in the wings.
Although as a teacher I deplore recitals … I hope that these pieces might lighten the burden on students who do participate in those recitals by providing easy music with a little flash. And a judicious sprinkling of these pieces between those in the standard piano series books can be a welcome breath of fresh air for flagging students.
Try them … they’re free. And each budding pianist who enjoys one of my pieces fulfills one of my life purposes. If you republish or include in a collection for sale, just be sure to acknowledge the composer … which is me …
Nikki Ty-Tomkins … The Piano Muse
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