Kids keyboard music

Kids keyboard music DEFAULT

Keyboard for kids: Let your children begin their music lessons

When your kid is showing some interest in learning an additional skill, it is time to support their interest with the right training and grooming. If your child wants to learn a keyboard, you should begin their lessons with a mini keyboard instead of a full-size one. This would help them adjust to the notations and learn the transition between the keys quickly.

To help you in buying a good keyboard for your little ones, here is a list of some of the most popular ones that you can pick online:-


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Casio SA-46 32 Mini Keys Musical Keyboard

When it comes to buying a keyboard, Casio is undoubtedly one of the most popular brands in India. This mini keyboard by the brand has 32 keys and some basic sound functions making it right for kids. It has 100 tones, a song bank with 10 tunes, 50 rhythms and 8-note polyphony to let you press and hear the sound of up to 8 keys at a time. This keyboard has a Piano-Organ tuner button to let set the basic tone in one go. Since it is portable, has a high-quality display, has percussion pad buttons and headphone output 3.5mm jack, it is a great tool to let your kids explore their hidden musical talent while they are learning the basics of playing a keyboard.

Big Fun 37 Key Piano Keyboard

This keyboard by Big Fun is sold by multiple dealers and is another good option for your kids that you can buy online. It has 37 keys, 8 tones, 8 rhythm options and 4 percussion options as its basic features to let you choose the sound that you want while playing. Besides this, you can even control the tempo of the rhythm to ensure that you can match your child’s playing speed with the background score. The speaker is only on one side while on the other side it is meant for decorative purposes. Since this keyboard comes with a microphone, your kids can enjoy singing as well while they are playing their favourite song on the keyboard. You can even record the audio in this keyboard and play it later to test the performance of your kids.

Yamaha Remie PSS-E30 37-Key Portable Mini Keyboard

If you are aware of musical instruments, you must be aware that Yamaha is a brand that is trusted for its high-quality musical instruments. Here is another good option that you can buy for your kids to make them start their music lessons. The basic features of this keyboard are 37 keys, 47 instrument voices, 28 rhythms and styles and 30 inbuilt songs. Since it has an additional headphone and speaker jack, you can enhance the audio quality when you are performing in front of a number of people.

Domenico Fantasy India 54 Key Electronic Piano

If you are looking for a keyboard that has 54 keys, this one by DOMENICO Fantasy India is a good option to go for. Since it has a song record and play option, it is easy to see how the learning lessons are going on and track the progress. This keyboard has 10 demo songs, 100 tones, 100 rhythms that you can play in the background and 5 percussion sound to make your audio complete. It comes with double stereo speakers allowing your kid to enjoy a high audio quality even during the practice sessions.

Casio SA-78 44 Mini Keys Mini Keyboard

If you are finding 37-key keyboards small for your kids, you can even go for this 44-key keyboard by Casio. Since it has 2 speakers, this mini keyboard delivers better audio quality as compared to the ones with a single speaker. It comes with 8-key polyphony to let your kid practise the chords properly. Besides the 50 built-in rhythms and patterns, this keyboard even offers 5 percussion audio options to add some additional sound effect to your music.

DISCLAIMER: The Times of India's journalists were not involved in the production of this article.

Simple Kids Songs for Beginner Piano Players

Hi, thank you for visiting and welcome to our kids songs piano page.

Are you presently taking piano lessons? Do you have a child who has just started taking piano lessons? Are you considering taking piano lessons?

Well, this page should be of great help to you.

On this page you will have access to sheet music for seven simple piano melodies that you can learn to play on the piano or keyboard.

Children are always fascinated by the piano and their interest in playing a song on it is very high. That is why these melodies are chosen for this piano tutorial. The melodies that are used on this page are simple songs that most if not all children love to sing. Therefore, children will have an easier task of learning to play them on the piano or any other keyboard instrument.

Even though the first part of the heading of this page says “Simple Kids Songs”, this does not mean that only children can use them.

As a matter of fact, teenagers and adults who are at the early stage of learning to play the piano will find these tutorials to be very effective.

In my classroom, all adults learning to play the piano must learn to play these simple melodies and learn to play them in different keys. Keep in mind that you are not only learning to play melodies here, but you are also learning to find the piano keys during the process.

To make the tutorials on this page easier, each song comes with a keyboard with colour coded letters and keys that you can use to help you. The letters and keys are coloured according to the pitch and intervals used in the melody of each song. Not all the songs are in the key of C major so look out for those sharps and flats.

Piano Tutorials - Kids Songs

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Beginner Piano Music

Beginning piano music for teachers & students - build your music library quickly and simply! Many levels of many genres, free.

You just can't have too much beginner piano music!

Teachers, supplement your piano method:

With FREE DOWN-LOADABLE kids' sheet music,  

EASY to intermediate piano songs.

Traditional, and classical.

Scales, chords, & exercises, guides & reference sheets to explain the keyboard, guitar tabs, the music staffs, & more!

These easy sheets are the first things I use with my students

Important music sheets for the first week to a month:

Piano Keyboard Charts 

First, kids need to practice saying all the notes of the piano keyboard!  

Piano keyboard to print

Choose one of these handy layouts, from three different styles.

Songs all on the black keys make it simple for beginning piano players!

Black Notes songs

Little songs all on the black keys using only fingers 2, 3, & 4.

Some old, some new, & all easy for beginners!

Check out the long page of black keys songs...

Scales & chords for beginning piano students to shape the hand, with note names written inside the note heads, for beginners.

Piano Scales Sheet Music 

5-finger scales for shaping the beginner's hand posture.

Starting on C position, and moving up to the next all-white keys position.

These scales are the most important beginning technique my students learn.

With note names inside the note heads, and finger numbers with the first set, students catch on quickly!

Scales for left hand, too.

Notes on a staff for practicing reading note direction

Wormies - just printable notes!

Not yet true note-reading, but following UP or DOWN.

This little exercise is just looking at the musical staff as a "ladder".

One slow note at a time, the notes creep up or down - or stay the same.

Now you will KNOW if your students are understanding the movement of notes on the staff.

The easy sheets and songs above are what I send home with my students at lessons 1 - 4.

Some, like the scales & simple chords pictured above,  greatly improve students' recall of what we have gone over at lessons, because they are VISUAL.  They also help parents, who may not be musicians. 

Others, such as the paper keyboard, become a permanent reference, as we add a new key every week until even the black keys' names are memorized.

Additional beginner sheets & music

Beginner piano song

ABC & CDE piano key notes

Simple 3-note songs set around Middle C; one for left hand, and one for right hand.

Free piano sheet music for beginners

Boil'em Cabbage Down, free piano sheet music pdf for beginners

A very easy and FUN song for beginners to play as a duet!  Teach them to play the open chords one week, and the melody the next.

Piano music

Cat Came Back lyrics, chords & melody

This silly but satisfying song has several versions, with a couple simplified to just 5 fingers. 

Irresistible lyrics!

Beginning note reading

C&B  & C&D piano notes for beginners

One for left hand & one for right hand - super-easy note-reading songs.

Beginner note reading exercise

Crickets Go Hopping really just a re-named version of "Snakes Go for a Walk."

You will find both those sheets at this page.

When students thoroughly "get" Wormies and Snakes, it's time to graduate to this page, which is almost the same, except for surprising "hops"!

Beginner piano song in which both hands must play Middle C

Dueling C's piano music for beginners

Both hands want to play the Middle C.

Your student must determine which hand it actually belongs to!

Simple song for two hands Fuzzy Wuzzy

Fuzzy Wuzzy

This graphic shows a "helper notes" version of Fuzzy Wuzzy.  (Another arrangement without lettered notes is also on this page.)

Just 5 keys are used in this song about the bear with no hair.

Sheet music for piano

Go Tell Aunt Rhody

A simple 5-note song, with a pretty tune.

Several arrangements.

Sheet music for piano

God is Good lyrics & music

Though this song has skips, it is easy, short, & sweet.

Especially with AlphaNotes! 

But there are other arrangements on this page.

Greensleeves music for piano students - broken chords


Not the melody, but the easy broken chord accompaniment. 

You may think think this is way too hard for your young students.  Trust me, once they can play a 5-note scale and make a chord, they will be able to play broken chords. 

And they are not READING the notes, but following the chord symbols above the music notes.

The first beautiful piano music for my students.  It will inspire them.

Indian Dance - a powerful melody driven by repeated chords, this is a simple first

Indian Dance 

High energy with a non-stop melody, this is a song your beginners will be amazed to hear themselves play!

A treble-clef-only version and an "AlphaNotes" version are also available on this site...

This song looks much harder than it is.

Jingle Bells piano sheet music for beginners

Jingle Bells sheet music

Beginners do well with familiar songs! 

They will enjoy it, even if Christmas is far away.

The one shown here has lettered notes, but there are several versions on this page.

Sheet music for piano Kum Ba Yah, beginner arrangement

Kum Ba Yah

An old melody with simple appeals to God.

This is a familiar song to many.

Simple beginner song Lavender's Blue arranged for piano

Lavender's Blue with the Cinderella song lyrics

A pretty nursery song, used in the most recent Cinderella movie.

This is a favorite among young girls. 

The 3 main chords: I, IV, and V, introduced as the background to

Louie Louie sheet music for piano

Okay - so this is NOT a beginner's version! 

But I do have a LETTERED-NOTE version, very easy to read, on the same page.

This "song" is really just the 3 main chords in the key of C, set to the rhythm of Louie Louie.  

A super fun way to understand the I, IV, & V chords.

Beginner piano music Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Use this well-known song as a foundation for left hand chord technique, and also learning to transpose simple melodies.

Several arrangements; some with finger numbers and chord symbols, and some without.

Piano song for beginners

Music Alphabet Song piano notes for kids

From A below Middle C & up to G, alphabet practice!

Instead of "C" being the note for thumbs to reside on, thumbs are placed on "D".

Beginner piano music Ode to Joy

Ode to Joy

The famous song by Beethoven, multiple versions! 

Kids like to play a song that has a familiar melody. 

Get it with AlphaNotes or without; with left hand chords or without.

Beginner piano music

Peck! Peck! Peck! beginner piano sheet music

Centered around Middle C, a fun little song about chickens eating.

Staccato is the new thing in this piece.

Easy beginner piano music

Pizza Please keyboard music notes

"Hot Cross Buns", with new lyrics about pepperoni and cheese!

Sharks, the Jaws theme song

"Sharks" piano music is a shoo-in for the Jaws theme song; at least, kids think so in my studio!

A very ominous-sounding theme, in the bass clef.  Introduce your students early to the sound of "minor"

Snakes piano sheet music for beginners

The same idea as "Wormies" (below), but much longer, with smaller note heads

Easy beginner piano exercise with skips, Snakes Go for a Walk

Snakes Go for a Walk

Just like Snakes, but with hidden "skips".  These are fun to try and spot!

I also have a new version of this exercise - same notes - called "Crickets Go Hopping"!

It is also on this page.

Piano sheet music Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Several arrangements for piano of this well-known song

Easy beginner exercise for note reading,

Wormies - just printable music notes on a staff

One slow note at a time, up or down, or the same!

See if your students "get it."

Jump to a page showing ALL the pieces and exercise above

Music that has letters in the notes to help beginning readers

The Cat Came Back, with letters in the notes

This page, called "Note-Naming Worksheets", is largely beginner piano music.  

Some pieces are much more advanced than beginner level, but are included in this list because they have some "helper" notes added - letters inside the notes.

Though these pieces are real songs, real music, they are also note reading WORKSHEETS in a fun way! 

Go here to see the piano music with letters page, "Note-Naming Worksheets"!

A list of the songs on the lettered-notes page:

All the Pretty Little Horses   

Amazing Grace

Arabian Dance

Ash Grove

Beethoven's 5th Symphony


Blow, Ye Winds in the Morning

Boil'em Cabbage Down

Go here to see the piano music with letters page, "Note-Naming Worksheets"!

Cat Came Back lyrics and chords

Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy

Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly

Egyptian Dance helper version

The Erie Canal Song

The Erie Canal Song helper version

The First Noel

First Noel with some lettered notes

Found a Peanut

Für Elise, by Beethoven

Für Elise original version

Fuzzy Wuzzy

Fuzzy Wuzzy helper version

Go here to see the piano music with letters page, "Note-Naming Worksheets"!

Go Tell Aunt Rhody

God is Good lyrics and music

God is So Good with a left hand part

God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

God Rest You Merry Gentlemen helper version

Greensleeves (What Child is This)

Greensleeves chords & melody with just a few helper notes


Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday with chords

Hark How the Bells (Carol of the Bells)

Hark How the Bells elementary - 3 pages

Have You Seen the Ghost of John

Hungarian Dance #5

Go here to see the piano music with letters page, "Note-Naming Worksheets"!

I'm a Pirate 

Indian Dance

Indian Dance helper

Irish Wedding

Irish Wedding "Helper"

Irish Wedding longer

Jingle Bells

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas helper version

Kum Ba Yah

Kum Ba Yah helper version

Go here to see the piano music with letters page, "Note-Naming Worksheets"!

Lake Pirates helper version

Lavender's Blue, with the "Cinderella song lyrics"

Lavender's Blue helper version

Louie Louie sheet music for piano

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary Had a Little Lamb alphanotes helper


Monsters Everywhere

Morning Has Broken

Morning Song by Grieg

Go here to see the piano music with letters page, "Note-Naming Worksheets"!

O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)

O Holy Night

Ode to Joy

Old Joe Clark

Pachelbel Canon in D

Pachelbel Canon in D, longer version

Pizza Please

Sharks, the Jaws theme music in disguise

Sharks, with dynamic markings!

Silent Night

Slumber My Darling (for singers)

Spanish Ladies

Star of the County Down

Star of the County Down helper version

Go here to see the piano music with letters page, "Note-Naming Worksheets"!

Take Me Out to the Ballgame


The B-I-B-L-E

This Old Man

Toccata by Johann Sebastian Bach, introduction

Toccata, very short

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star helper version

Go here to see the piano music with letters page, "Note-Naming Worksheets"!

Up on the Housetop the Reindeer Pause, a Christmas song

Wabash Cannonball

Wabash Cannonball melody, helper

Wabash Cannonball Secondo

Waltzing Matilda

Waltzing Matilda with helper notes

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

What Child is This, lettered notes & helper notes

What Do You Do with a Drunken - or GRUMPY - Sailor

What Wondrous Love

White, Orange & Green (for singers)

Wiegenlied, "Mozart's Cradle Song"

Yo Ho Ho

Go here to see the piano music with letters page, "Note-Naming Worksheets"!

Music I give my beginners in the first year of note reading

All the Pretty Horses, one of many

Primarily, this music on this page is made up of Middle C songs with "shared-between-the-hands" melodies.  Many will be familiar to your students. These are the same songs (along with many more) that are found in my book Songs Old & Songs New.

Additionally, there are some pieces that make use of left hand chords or very simple accompaniments.  

Most of the Middle C melodies have chord suggestions or illustrative graphics for an enterprising accompanist to devise his or her own backup.  A few also have written-out secondo parts, for easy duet playing.

Some of the songs duplicate songs for Beginners & also music with lettered notes, but this is because I tend to make songs with multiple levels of difficulty for my students.

Go here to see the "The First Year" sheet music!  

All the Pretty Little Horses

Amazing Grace

Arabian Dance (from The Nutcracker)

Ash Grove, a Welsh folk song

Away in a Manger

Bach Minuet in G

Back and Forth

Be Thou My Vision



Blow Ye Wind

Boil'em Cabbage Down


Go here to see the "The First Year" sheet music!  

Canon in D (in the key of C)

Cat Came Back

Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy

Cowboy's Lament (I'm Going to Leave Old Texas)

Days of the Dinosaurs

Dipping Donuts

Eensy Weensy Spider

Fairies in the Garden

Farther On

Found a Peanut

For the Beauty of the Earth

Funeral March (Chopin)

Fur Elise

Go here to see the "The First Year" sheet music!  

Go Tell Aunt Rhody

Go Tell It On the Mountain

Goober Peas

Greensleeves Duet melody

Happy Birthday

Hungarian Dance

If I Give to You My Heart

I'm a Pirate

In the Hall of the Mountain King

Go here to see the "The First Year" sheet music!  

Jingle Bells

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

Kum Ba Yah

Lake Pirates

Lavender's Blue, with the Cinderella song lyrics

Little Man Who Wasn't There

Loch Lomond, an old song from Scotland


The Moldau

Morning Has Broken

Morning Song by Grieg

O Holy Night

Old Joe Clark

On Top of Old Smoky

Go here to see the "The First Year" sheet music!  


Rain, Rain, Go Away

Red River Valley

Scarborough Fair

Shalom Chaverim

Sonatina in C by Clementi, easy

Snake Charmer

Spanish Ladies

Spanish Lady

Star of the County Down

Streets of Laredo

Swan Lake

Go here to see the "The First Year" sheet music!  

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Tarantelle, the Spider song

The B-I-B-L-E

Wabash Cannonball

Waltzing Matilda

The Water is Wide

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

What Child is This

What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor


Yankee Doodle

Yellow Rose of Texas

Yo Ho Ho

Go here to see the "The First Year" sheet music!  

When the hands gain independence, they can play different parts simultaneously.  I call this level of music "After Year One"!

After Year One, in piano: Canoe Song

These are piano pieces which involve both hands, or add chord symbols for a made-up left hand.

Most of the pieces fit inside a 5-finger position.  Left hand parts are fairly slow-moving, or repetitive.  

Take a look at these piano music downloads for your young students moving from Primer music to Levels 1 and 2.  standing of chords.   

Go here to see "After Year One" sheet music!  

Blow, Ye Winds in the Morning

Bohemian Lullaby


Canoe Song

Cat Came Back

Cowboy Song

Desert Sounds

Eensy Weensy Spider 

Erie Canal 

Esther: For Such a Time as This - both original & EASY PIANO editions

Funeral March

Fur Elise easy 

Go Tell Aunt Rhody

God is So Good

Go here to see "After Year One" sheet music!  

How Doth the Little Crocodile 

Hungarian Dance

Irish Wedding, easy.  

Kum Ba Ya

Lake Pirates

Lavender's Blue

The Lily Maid 

Little Man Who Wasn't There 

Louie Louie

Go here to see "After Year One" sheet music!  

Medieval Bells 

The Moldau

Morning Song by Grieg

My Heart Will Go On, from "The Titanic"

O Susannah

Ode to Joy

Old Joe Clark

Pachelbel Canon (in C)

Pachelbel Canon in D 

Rain, Rain, Go Away


Snake Charmer

Streets of Laredo 

Go here to see "After Year One" sheet music!  

Tarantelle, the Spider song

The B-I-B-L-E 

Titanic theme, My Heart Will Go On

Toccata in Dm by J.S. Bach

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor

Winds in the Willow

Yo Ho Ho 

Go here to see "After Year One" sheet music!  

What happens when students start to master chord patterns?  Beautiful music!  I call this level "After Year Two."

Harp Ballad is best for older students or precocious pianists after Year Two

Free easy piano sheet music for your students who are past level one.  

Now students start using moving chords in the left hand, requiring more hand coordination.

Also, the range of notes is greater than in The First Year and After Year One. 

Some, like Harp Ballad, are more appropriate in Year 3 or 4, but for older students, such as students who start as beginners in their teen years, they may reach this level very quickly, with a strong understanding of chords.  

Go here to see the "After Year Two" sheet music!  

America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)

America the Beautiful

Angel in the Sky

Bach Minuet in G

Bach Prelude in C


Brian Boru's March

Burlesque, by Leopold Mozart

Go here to see the "After Year Two" sheet music!  

Cat Came Back - with an active left hand part, this is a challenge for older students

Come Ye Sinners - one of the old gospel hymns

Cowboy's Lament - (I'm Going to Leave Old Texas)

Egyptian Dance

Erie Canal

Esther: For Such a Time as This - both original & EASY PIANO editions

Funeral March - Chopin's scary "Halloween music"!

Fur Elise original (part 1) - this is the famous part of the piece

German Dance - by Beethoven.  Full of built-in scale passages!

God is So Good

Goober Peas - a fun song from the American South

Go here to see the "After Year Two" sheet music!  

Happy Birthday - several arrangements, from very easy to very full-sounding

Harp Ballad - a beautiful piece that will spur your student to new skills!

Hava Nagilah - well-known Hebrew folk song

House of the Rising Sun - with exciting left hand chords

How Doth the Little Crocodile -a creepy-sounding song with lyrics from Alice in Wonderland

Hungarian Dance - Brahms' #5, a duet version

Go here to see the "After Year Two" sheet music!  

In the Hall of the Mountain King - a one-page arrangement of the main theme

Irish Washerwoman - this is NEW! Pretty and full of energy.

Irish Wedding - This is the most advanced arrangement of this popular piece that even my beginners play

Kookaburra - A good arrangement for classroom singing.

Lake Pirates - modeled after The Hobbit Soundtrack, Hobbit 3!

Largo, from the New World Symphony - A famous and beautiful theme.

Lavender's Blue - the "Cinderella song lyrics"!

Louie Louie - set of chords used as an exercise, that sounds like real music.

Go here to see the "After Year Two" sheet music!  

Minka - Five different arrangements of this frenzied little tune.

Morning Has Broken - the song made famous by Cat Stevens

Morning Song - this is the lovely opening piece in the Peer Gynt Suite by Edvard Grieg

My Country 'Tis of Thee (America) - originally from England, known as God Save Our Noble King

My Heart Will Go On - the Titanic music

O Susanna - find several levels of difficulty for this tune, plus guitar music as well

Pachelbel Canon in D longer - I have several different arrangements of this piece.

Rain, Rain, Go Away - a duet and a couple of solos are on this page

Red River Valley - Several different arrangements, for the cowboy-loving students in your midst.

Go here to see the "After Year Two" sheet music!  

Sakura - Very pretty, a Japanese song about cherry blossoms.

Streets of Laredo -Three different arrangements of this old cowboy song.  

Swan Lake -There are three arrangements of Tchaikovsky's ballet theme on this page

Titanic - the love song "My Heart Will Go On"

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - a good song for transposing into different keys

Waltzing Matilda - a famous song from Australia, very pretty

What Will We Do With a Drunken Sailor - an energetic song!

Yellow Rose of Texas - an old song about a pretty lady in Texas

Yo Ho Ho - a song about life at sea

Zum Gali Gali - a pretty minor-scale Hebrew song 

Go here to see the "After Year Two" sheet music!  

The threshold of the larger world of piano music - Year 3 and After

Leaving more predictable patterns behind makes left hand chords trickier.  Good reading skills definitely required!

Gaelic Melody is an example of songs for After Year Three

These pieces stretch pianists' abilities.  

More technique is required, with the use of chord inversions, thicker textures in the melodies, and stretched hand positions.  

Additionally, note reading strays far outside the two octaves around Middle C.  

Go here to see the "Year Three and After" sheet music!  

Ae Fond Kiss, vocal score & piano music - A tender love song, saying farewell.

Black Beauty movie sheet music - a beautiful, energetic piece of music, with a soaring, singable melody.  From the movie.

Brian Boru's March - an mesmerizing Irish melody that pulls you along in a theme & variation style. 

Cat Came Back lyrics and music - easy versions and harder arrangements; mix up the descending single-note bass line with triad chords.

Colorado Trail song - this is a cowboy song!  It is very short, but very pretty.

De Boself - a simplified arrangement of the original piece by T. Van Oesten; brisk and charming.

Emma, a Jane Austen "Emma" movie tribute - This is very lovely, and parents love it.

Esther: For Such a Time as This - both original & EASY PIANO editions

Funeral March by Chopin - A famous and ominous melody.

Gaelic Melody - traditional Celtic music, very lovely

Go here to see the "Year Three and After" sheet music!  

Goober Peas - a fun song, very singable, from the Civil War South.  

Harp Ballad  - an important piece in my studio, for beginning with big left hand broken chords. It's very pretty too!

House of the Rising Sun - Several arrangements of this famous piece 

In the Hall of the Mountain King - the famous piece about running from the trolls, by Grieg.  Three stormy pages!  Not too hard.

Irish Washerwoman - You know this piece.  It is swingy, fun, and pretty!

Keegan's Waltz - Another very beautiful piece.  This has a singable melody and flowing left hand chords.

Lavender's Blue - An easy melody to sing, this piano arrangement makes the melody sound elegant.

Go here to see the "Year Three and After" sheet music!  

Loch Lomond - This is is beautiful traditional song from Scotland.

Louie Louie - This sheet is showing the arrangement with chord INVERSIONS, which require SKILL.

Minka - A song from Russia, or possibly Ukraine.  Several arrangements here.

The Minstrel Boy - From Ireland, this is a moving patriotic song.

The Moldau (Short) - a famous and stirring theme from a symphonic work 

The Moldau (Long) -
a two-page, fuller arrangement

My Heart Will Go On - the love theme from Titanic

O Susannah - a vigorous arrangement with energetic chords

Once I Had a Sweetheart - a vocal/piano arrangement of a pretty folk tune

The Princess Bride - a lovely arrangement of the theme from the movie

Go here to see the "Year Three and After" sheet music!  

Red River Valley


She Moved Through the Fair


Spanish Ladies, vocal/piano

Titanic music "My Heart Will Go On"

What Do You Do with a Drunken Sailor

White, Orange and Green free Irish sheet music - One of my favorite songs of all time.  A patriotic song about a young girl who bravely faces an enemy soldier.

Go here to see the "Year Three and After" sheet music!  

Christmas Music of all styles, for all tastes

Christmas music collection, sheet music for piano & all instruments

There are all skill levels of songs represented on this very long (and growing!) page, and most of the pieces have multiple versions, and not just for piano, but guitar and voice!  

Also, check on the Black Notes Songs page and the Note Naming Worksheet page for additional, very easy versions of some of these popular songs.  

Go here to see the Christmas sheet music for piano!

All You That in This House - This unusual carol is offered as a lead sheet in several keys, with just one chord, and with an intermediate piano arrangement

Angels We Have Heard On High - Four different versions

Arabian Dance or Arab Dance - intermediate level, from The Nutcracker Suite. Very evocative, very hypnotic.

Arabian Dance - easy arrangement for first or second year

Away in a Manger - an easy but pretty arrangement 

Bring a Torch - a fun, bouncy energy characterizes this sweet carol from France.

Carol of the Bells - a very simple approach to Carol of the Bells, also known as "Hark How the Bells" in my studio

Christ Child's Lullaby - there are no lyrics to this lovely lullaby, but a lilting, unusual melody. 

Go here to see the Christmas sheet music for piano!

Christ Was Born On Christmas Day - This little carol can scoot right along, with the fixed left hand chords. Pretty easy.

Coventry Carol - a minor-key song that tells a sad story about a Bible prophecy.  Very beautiful, and familiar

Deck the Halls - the sounds of this fun carol immediately call Christmas to mind!

Ding Dong Merrily On High - a pretty carol with energy that is fun to play and sing

Entre le boeuf - a pretty minor French carol, with a new English translation.

The First Noel - several different arrangements, and different keys offered.

The Friendly Beasts -arrangements for guitar, piano, and lead sheets too.

Gaudete - especially for singers, the title of this very old Latin hymn means "Rejoice!"

Go here to see the Christmas sheet music for piano!

Go Tell It On the Mountain - several versions of this vigorous melody, including an easy and short version of this well-known Christmas song on the black keys.

God Rest You Merry Gentlemen -these arrangement sound full without having to be continually changing left hand chords.

Greensleeves (What Child is This) - as soon as your young students can play broken chords, they will be able to play this beautiful accompaniment part

Greensleeves solo - a full-sounding but simple solo version of the Greensleeves melody

Hark How the Bells (Ukrainian Bell Carol) - a very satisfying three-page easy arrangement of Carol of the Bells (Ukrainian Bell Carol) that sounds much harder than it is - a great favorite!

Hark the Herald Angels Sing - for piano and guitar, with a lyrics sheet too

Go here to see the Christmas sheet music for piano!

He is Born (Il est ne) - several  arrangements of this pretty French Christmas carol

Holly and Ivy - several levels of difficulty for this older English carol with a captivating energy 

Jingle Bells - several very easy arrangements of Jingle Bells, and one very full arrangement that will challenge your early intermediate students

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas -this beginner's version of the song has a secondo duet part, and also a version with letters in some of the notes.

Lo, I Bring You Tidings - a newer Christmas carol focusing on the words of the angel to Mary, and her response.

Masters In This Hall - an old song from England with unaccustomed lyrics, about how God has helped mankind. It has an exciting, soaring melody.

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - with arrangements for piano and guitar.  The piano version is a recital-worthy arrangement, and can be performed with a vocalist.

O Holy Night - a number of different arrangements of this beautiful song

Go here to see the Christmas sheet music for piano!

Pat-a-Pan - a child's song, very energetic, in a minor key. Beautiful and exciting.

Silent Night - perhaps everyone's favorite Christmas carol

Sing We Noel - this is a beautiful and UNFAMILIAR Christmas carol.

Up On the Housetop - a fun song about hearing Santa and his reindeer up on the roof

Wassail Song - Wassail, wassail all over the town - a joyous-sounding Christmas carol

We Three Kings - a mysterious-sounding song with intriguing lyrics

We Wish You a Merry Christmas - such a fun song to sing & play!

Wexford Carol - one of the most beautiful Christmas songs your students have never heard

What Child is This (Greensleeves) - several versions of this beloved carol

When Christ was Born- instrumental only, a flowing melody and compelling harmony.

Go here to see the Christmas sheet music for piano!

Easter Music - on this site & my other site

Easter song piano music

Can There Be a Place

This song lays out the history of humankind briefly - losing Paradise through the words of a Deceiver, learning about sorrow and dying.

The sadness and separation we have all experienced, especially in recent times, but Christ - the Messiah - has won over ultimate death for all who accept His free gift of eternal life, demonstrating that through His physical return from the grave.

Halloween Music - something for everyone

Halloween music collection

From brand-new Middle C note readers to kids who've been playing for years, there is something on this page for every student! 

Some classical music, lots of new music. Please click on the Halloween music link to be taken there!

Please click on the Halloween music link to be taken there!

Purim Music - this long dramatic piece tells the entire story of Esther in easy-to-remember verses

Piano and vocal music for Purim: Esther, For Such a Time as This

Queen Esther in the Bible, For Such a Time as This

A 57-page vocal/piano song telling the whole story of the Book of Esther! 

Never before has there been music for Purim, a song of Esther, like this!  With drama and poetry...

Now with both original & EASY PIANO editions.

Below, watch a video of the first 3 pages:

Thanksgiving Music

America the Beautiful piano music for easy piano

America the Beautiful

Several versions on this page, including lead sheets.

The Doxology - Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow. A lead sheet for all musical instruments.


A very old and SHORT hymn, offered here in many keys.

For the Beauty of the Earth piano sheet music

For the Beauty of the Earth

Several different arrangements.

A very pretty non-denominational sort of hymn... with general lyrics that few people could object to.

A musical prayer for Thanksgiving.  Guitar tabs and standard notation.

For Health & Strength - a prayer for Thanksgiving

Short and repetitious - to the point!  Also, it is joyful-sounding and pretty.  This is a SINGING round.

Find guitar tabs and also a lead sheet on this page.

Thanksgiving Song for beginner piano

Over the River & Through the Woods

New, but already becoming a favorite with my students!

This old-fashioned song has several arrangements, and a pretty duet secondo.

Groundhog Day

A song for piano about the groundhog

Just one song - but two versions:

One in which the groundhog is male, and one in which the perky little groundhog is female!

The Groundhog

One or more of your students may think Groundhog Day is worth celebrating with music...

Valentine's Day Songs

Songs for Valentine's Day for piano

Some of these songs have sweet lyrics, and at least one is just silly (Chocolate Romance).

Chocolate Romance

"Truffles, he loves me.  Orange, he loves me not!"

If I Give to You My Heart

A sweet little song about promising never to part.

Piano music Lavender's Blue

Lavender's Blue, with the Cinderella song lyrics

An old nursery song... but very pretty, unlike so many children's songs!  

In the Lily James Cinderella movie from just a few years ago, Cinderella is found by the Prince when he hears her singing this song from high in the attic where she is imprisoned by her stepmother.

Numerous versions, including a lovely one that imitates the arrangement in the movie.  

Wooden Heart

This is a folk tune from Germany, made famous in the United States by Elvis Presley.  Because his lyrics are copyrighted, I've supplied alternate lyrics (and you can also sing the German).

Do you long to introduce your students to classical piano sheet music?

Try these intros and excerpts - they are a non-threatening way to approach these pieces.

Clementi piano Sonata sheet music

These are different from the rest of the classical piano music on this site, in that they are short introductions, or excerpts from longer works.

Here are the pieces you will find on this very new (and growing) page:

Allegro Burlesco, by Kuhlau

Can-Can by Offenbach, the fun middle section with descending octaves.

Canon, by Pachelbel, the introduction with broken chord inversions.

Canon, the melodic, quick-moving section further into the piece.

Go here to see the short Classical Piano Sheet Music pieces!

Egyptian Dance by Saint-Saens

Etude in C, by Stephen Heller

Fur Elise, the beginning section 

German Dance, by Beethoven, transposed to C

Golden Wedding, from "La Cinquantaine"

Go here to see the short Classical Piano Sheet Music pieces!

The Moldau, by Smetana

Moonlight Sonata, a six-measure introduction, with every note - but in Cm.  Beethoven.

Prelude in Cm, J.S. Bach, the first eight measures

Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3, Clementi.  This is a happy-sounding piece, with a long scale and lots of broken chords squeezed into the first eight measures.

Symphony 6 Theme, Beethoven.  Not a piano piece, but such a joyous melody that every musician should know it.

Go here to see the short Classical Piano Sheet Music pieces!

Lead Sheets for All Instruments

Erie Canal, and other lead sheets

See all the free lead sheets at Music-for-Music-Teachers! 

Most of these sheets are in treble clef, in multiple keys, and many of them also have guitar tabs.  A few songs are featured with bass clef.  

All of these songs have lyrics & the chord symbols over the staffs - very handy for groups!

The lead sheets are not listed here; please click on the link above to go there.

Left Hand Only or Right Hand Only - click here

Classical Themes for the left hand

Students with one hand do better with music written with them in mind. 

Get started on your search for more music for your one-handed student here... Please click on the link above.

Duets & Ensembles for Piano & Keyboard - click here

British Grenadiers and other duets for piano

Piano duet & ensemble sheet music for students of every level; classical, folk tunes, Christmas duets, and some original music! 

Please click on the link above.

Piano duet sheet music for students of every level; classical, folk tunes, Christmas duets, and original music. 

Please click on the link above!

Hymns, Anthems, & Patriotic Songs - click here

These songs are part of the lifeblood of a nation and a people.  Here are arrangements easy enough for your young students, and some lovely and "big" enough for church or other public gatherings.  Click the link above to be taken to the page.

Broadway Music - click here

A comprehensive list of the most beloved musicals of all time!  

Which ones are right for your beginning singers?  

Which songs ought you to be wary of?

Oh, yes; there are definitely a few of those!

Piano Teaching Tools - click here

These pages include:

  • paper printouts of piano keyboards, 
  • scales and chords (both major & minor), 
  • flashcards large and small, 
  • exercises such as Hanon & Aloys Schmitt, 
  • staff paper of all sizes, 
  • theory exercises, 
  • ideas for note-reading and also rote learning,
  • my favorite book selections, and more. 

You will also find vocal & guitar helps on that page.  Please click on the link above.

Every kid, & every situation is unique

Every kid, every situation is unique... some kids will happily play week after week from their piano method books, enjoying each turn of the page with its new challenge, while others find the books boring and dig in their heels as you attempt to drag them through their lesson book. 

Some beginners move along quickly, while others need months and months to digest the small handful of notes around Middle C.

Some kids have heard classical piano music from the time they were born; with others, all they know is video game music.

So how do you choose instructional materials for them?

So how do you choose beginner piano music?  Well, all kids love to play what is familiar to them.

You will have to stretch them, expanding their tastes, but you must still satisfy their desire to play what sounds like music to them (the reason they were excited to play piano in the first place!) or risk losing them as students.

Never will I forget an account by the late John Holt (writer and early home-schooling advocate, and lover-if-not-master of the cello) in his book, Never Too Late: My Musical Life Story, about meeting another adult cello student.

Give them more than just SCALES...

Like him, she was a beginner, and they were comparing notes (no pun intended). Holt was thoroughly enjoying himself with the growing number of real cello pieces he could play, even though he knew his abilities were modest.

But the poor woman cellist was confined to scales by her teacher, week after week. At the end of each lesson this man would say something like, "I think you're almost ready for a real piece... but no, we'd better continue with the scales."

Yikes! Can you imagine?

I don't think too many of us would do that to our students, but the story is a useful reminder that LOVE, a sense of wonder, and excitement are what draw children to music, and we teachers must not forget that.

Boy at piano,

Yes, they need the basic foundation.  And more...

Scales? Yes. Exercises? Yes. Note-reading? Of course. 

But with beginner piano music, always at least one FUN piece, a piece that gives the child something to look forward to at practice time.

Keep looking until you find a piece they enjoy, and they will likely work on it happily until it is perfect.

So where do you find that perfect piece? It's so easy to make a wrong choice for a picky student!

And there's the nagging little voice in the back of your mind reminding you that copying is definitely not legal...

But sheet music is so expensive!

If only there were sources of free kids' sheet music, beginner piano music!  Music, in addition, with suggestions for teachers, and stories and tips.

Well, now there is.  My site, and other sites too.

I have a large and ever-expanding collection of beginner piano music, and what I offer here has been tried and found worthy of keeping!

Much of it is just supplemental to the beginner piano music method books I use, but a lot of it is music I consider essential for my students, to lay down a hands-on foundation of understanding music theory.

Add some spice to your students' music diet without breaking the bank -- almost all the beginner piano music you will find here is free and easily printable, with no strings attached.  

Furthermore, you don't have to guess what's there before you hit the "Download" link - you can look my free sheet music over before downloading it onto your computer!

Interested in songs from the Bible for your students or church?  Check out my other website,! clickable logo link

Songs Old & Songs New

All the first-year material I give my beginner students. 

Piano keyboard sheets, scales, chords, note-reading exercises, and over 256 pages of music!

The Story of Esther - a Bible opera!

Queen Esther in the Bible

This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This",  available as a digital downloadtells the riveting story of the time when  Jews in ancient Persia faced a foe named Haman, and how a  brave young queen risked her life to save her people.

A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theater production, or a class of children!

This book is also available from Amazon as a paperback.

Just the Black Keys, a piano song book for young beginners.

Just the Black Keys

This book is available as a digital download  from this site.  Visit this page to see some free examples from the book.

It is also available from Amazon as a paperback!

This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.

And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!"  They will be spending more time at the piano.

The Adventures of Tonsta, Volume 1, is a book about a young boy travelling over mountains and fjords from village to village, encountering trolls and helping folk in distress.

The Adventures of Tonsta

A perfect read aloud storybook
for little boys or girls. 

The Adventures of Tonsta highlight the travels of a very young boy with a good heart, who goes about helping folk in trouble.  

With a red cap on his head and a sack of tools slung over his shoulder, Tonsta seems to meet people in distress wherever he goes.

Lots of trolls in this book - including one who gives him a Christmas gift!

Available at Amazon

Piano duets Disney Duets music book

Kay, US:
...wanted to let you know that I love using your early beginner sheet music with the alphanotes.

I have 10 beginners who began piano this fall, and your materials are great, especially the Christmas pieces, to bridge that time of just starting to read a few notes and being able to play more complicated rhythms. 

Your site has helped my studio a great deal.  Thank you for sharing!!!!    Merry Christmas!

Christmas Around the Piano music book

Miggy, United Kingdom:
I've just found your website and I think I've died and gone to heaven. I've just taken up the piano again after 35 years absence... buying sheet music was getting expensive/a luxury.

The tips are great too. I also live in the middle of nowhere so buying from a shop is not really an option unless I fancy a 120 mile round trip for a piece of sheet music!

Thank you so much for all the information and materials! Your site is very thorough and well organized!

I am a piano teacher in New Orleans, LA and in the process of putting together my own curriculum and recordings. You have inspired me to make my materials available to all online!

Easy Piano Songs for Children

Hi Dana, I just wanted to send you a short note and say thank you for the AMAZING resources.

I've been teaching piano for about 10 years, and I wish I would have come across your website sooner. I've especially been using your songs for my young beginners who are entering 1st grade. Thanks again!

BIG NOTE Christmas Songs for piano

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Dana Thynes

Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of, and a newer site,

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.

You can find out more about me and the reason for this website at my About Me page.

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Best keyboards for beginners and kids 2021: Get started with our expert pick of beginner keyboards for all ages

Learning an instrument is an incredibly rewarding experience, and with a wealth of exceptional online content available for aspiring keyboardists and pianists, it's never been easier to learn. Of course, to get started, you're going to need a reliable beginner-friendly keyboard, but with so many options out there, where do you start? Luckily we've put together this handy guide to the best keyboards for beginners and kids. 

If you or your child is considering learning the keyboard, you'll find a vast array of choices when it comes to picking the right one. To avoid confusion, we've selected some of the best keyboards for beginners to help you choose an instrument that will kickstart your musical journey and will hopefully lead to many years of enjoyment.

If you just want to check out our top picks, you can head straight to the full round-up below. If you need more guidance to help you select the right beginner keyboard for your needs, check out our comprehensive buying advice section - just click the 'buying advice' button above.

Best keyboards for beginners: Our top picks

There are two clear choices when it comes to choosing the best beginner keyboard for you or the budding pianist in your life. The Yamaha Piaggero NP-12 is focused on zero frills, just the key features that any new player needs - namely great piano action and killer sounds which sound great through the built-in speakers. It even comes with a recording function so you can record a performance and assess it afterwards.

There’s no denying that Casio is a bit of a monster in the beginner keyboard world, and for good reason. The Casio CT-S300 is a great example, featuring 61 velocity sensitive keys, 400 sounds and even comes complete with a 60-song songbook. It’s everything a beginner player needs to get started, and to have fun as they learn.

Best keyboards for beginners: Product guide

1. Yamaha Piaggero NP12

Best beginner keyboard for budding pianists


Launch price : $299/£229/€229

No. of Keys: 61

Key Type: Full-size

Velocity Sensitive?: Yes

No. Of Sounds: 10

No. Of Rhythms: 0

Battery Operated?: Yes

Built-in Speakers?: Yes

Connectivity: Sustain pedal input, USB, Power

Dimensions (cm): W104 x D26 x H11

Weight (kg): 4.5

Reasons to buy

+Available in two sizes+Super portable+Recording function

Reasons to avoid

-Limited sound options

Available in two sizes – the NP12 has 61 keys while the NP32 has 76 – the Piaggero series of Yamaha keyboards are no-frills, lightweight piano-style keyboards that sound fantastic and really look the part. These excellent beginner pianos are compact and supremely portable, feature built-in speakers, a velocity-sensitive keyboard and sounds sampled from a Yamaha concert grand piano. 

Easy to play, they’re limited to just ten different sounds, but these are all very high quality and just the job if your primary focus is learning piano without distractions such as one-finger chord accompaniment and animal sound effects. There’s a simple onboard recorder that can be used to record and playback your performances to evaluate your progress.

All-new Yamaha keyboards now include a free, three-month Flowkey Premium membership, and this particular 61-key model is also available bundled with a 12-month Playground Sessions subscription, headphones, sustain pedal and USB cable from the online store.

Read our full Yamaha Piaggero NP12 review 

2. Casio Casiotone CT-S1

The 80s classic makes a comeback


Launch price : $299/£249/€175

No. of Keys: 61

Key Type: Full-size

Sensitive?: Yes

No. Of Sounds: 61

No. Of Rhythms: 0

Battery Operated?: Yes

Built-in Speakers?: Yes

Connectivity: PHONES/OUTPUT jack: Stereo mini jack (3.5 mm); AUDIO IN jack: Stereo mini jack (3.5 mm) (Input impedance: 10 kΩ; Input sensitivity: 200 mV); USB TO HOST port: micro-B; USB TO DEVICE port: Type A; PEDAL jack: Standard jack (6.3 mm) (pedal sustain, sostenuto, soft, metronome)

Dimensions (cm): 93.0 (W) × 25.8 (D) × 8.3 (H) cm

Weight (kg): 4.5 kg

Reasons to buy

+Fantastic sounds+Very playable keyboard+Great sounding speakers  

Reasons to avoid

-No 1/4-inch audio outputs

In 1980 Casio released a revolutionary entry-level keyboard, that for the time, offered state-of-the-art sounds, full-sized keys, and eight-note polyphony - not to mention it was incredibly affordable. The original Casiotone was a monumental success, but it hardly holds up to today's standards. Well, luckily, Casio has brought the Casiotone into the modern-day, with the release of the CT-S1. 

Building on the legacy of the original Casiotone, the CT-S1 is a fully portable keyboard with 61 built-in voices, 61 full-size, touch-sensitive keys and now 64 note polyphony. The simplified control layout results in a sleek, uncluttered look, while the range of colours - red, white or black - means you can find a keyboard to fit your personal style. 

At the heart of the Casiotone is the AiX Sound Source. This sound engine delivers dynamic and expressive tones, perfect for beginners and professionals alike. 

Read our full Casio Casiotone CT-S1 review

3. Roland GO:Keys GO-61K

The best keyboard for innovation


Launch price : $339/£255/€319

No. of Keys: 61

Key Type: Full-size

Velocity Sensitive?: Yes

No. Of Sounds: Over 500

No. Of Rhythms: 672 Loop Mix patterns

Battery Operated?: Yes

Built-in Speakers?: Yes

Connectivity: Sustain pedal input, USB, Power, Aux input, Bluetooth

Dimensions (cm): W88 x D27 x H8.2

Reasons to buy

+Compact+Bluetooth is great for learners+Can be battery powered

Reasons to avoid

-No micro-USB cable supplied-On-board speakers aren't amazing

This compact, 61-key digital keyboard from Roland features Bluetooth connectivity so it can communicate wirelessly with online piano tuition apps and stream audio through its built-in speakers so you can play along. It can also be battery-powered if you’re on the move, contains a huge variety of over 500 piano, electric piano and organ sounds and comes with a music stand for supporting a tablet on the top. 

Throw in a digital metronome, an onboard Loop Mix function and a recording facility to capture your practice sessions and you’ve got almost the perfect partner for your online lesson plan.

4. Casio CT-S300

The best all-rounder keyboard for beginners and kids


Launch price : $219/£179/€209

No. of Keys: 61

Key Type: Full-size

Velocity Sensitive?: Yes

No. Of Sounds: 400

No. Of Rhythms: 77

Battery Operated?: Yes

Built-in Speakers?: Yes

Connectivity: Sustain pedal input, USB, Power, Aux input

Dimensions (cm): W93 x D25.6 x H7.3

Weight (kg): 3.3

Reasons to buy

+Great brand reputation+Full-size keyboard+Loads of sounds

Reasons to avoid

-Sounds are adequate but not brilliant

Casio has a solid pedigree when it comes to portable keyboards, and their current lineup doesn’t disappoint. We’ve chosen the CT-S300 for the way it balances features and price. With a full-size, velocity-sensitive 61-note keyboard, convenient built-in carrying handle and three colour options (black, white or red), plus a library of over 400 sounds, 77 rhythms, built-in reverb, dance music mode, aux input and compatibility with Casio’s Chordana teaching app, there’s more than enough here to keep newcomers busy – you even get a 60-song songbook thrown in! 

If you don’t need a velocity-sensitive keyboard, you can go for the slightly cheaper CT-S200 model instead, or you can plump for the top-of-the range LK-S250 version which has the illuminated key teaching function.

5. Yamaha PSS-A50

The best keyboard for tiny fingers


Launch price : $99/£85/€85

No. of Keys: 37

Key Type: Mini

Velocity Sensitive?: Yes

No. Of Sounds: 42

No. Of Rhythms: 21

Battery Operated?: 4xAA

Built-in Speakers?: Yes

Connectivity: USB, Power, Aux input

Dimensions (cm): W51 x D20 x H5.4

Weight (kg): 1.2

Reasons to buy

+Great for small hands+Plenty of quality sounds+Affordable

Reasons to avoid

-Not so great for grown ups

With its 37 mini keys for little hands to get to grips with, Yamaha’s highly-portable PSS-A50 is great for the younger aspiring pianist. Although it’s often easy to dismiss keyboards of this size merely as toys, the A50 manages to appeal to the younger student while also offering sounds of sufficient quality to actually be of some use to older, more advanced players, so it will continue to be useful as your learning progresses. 

The velocity-sensitive keyboard is derived from Yamaha’s Reface series of reimagined classic synths, feels great and is easy to play. The 42 sounds definitely favour quality over quantity, and there’s a USB MIDI port, headphone socket, motion effects, a phrase recorder and a built-in arpeggiator with 138 patterns to keep you interested. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something even more kid-friendly, you could also check out the A50’s sister keyboard models, the PSS-E30 and PSS-F30.

6. Korg B2N

88-key masterpiece from one of the industry’s best names


Launch price : $620/£387/€451

No. of Keys: 88

Key Type: Semi-weighted

Velocity Sensitive?: Yes

No. Of Sounds: 12

No. Of Rhythms: 12

Battery Operated?: No

Built-in Speakers?: Yes

Connectivity: USB, Power, MIDI I/O

Dimensions (cm): W131 x D33 x H11.6

Weight (kg): 9.2

Reasons to buy

+Classy feel+Superb piano sounds+Room to grow into it

Reasons to avoid

-Lacks some of the bells and whistles of others in the price range

If the thought of learning on a basic, plasticky keyboard doesn’t inspire you, then the Korg B2N might be just the ticket. This thing looks, feels and – most importantly – sounds like an instrument from a different planet compared to other beginner digital pianos. For a start, its 88 semi-weighted keys offer a level of response and feel that invites you to keep coming back, and while there aren’t a large amount of included sounds the ones that are here sound immense. 

This is, it must be said, a large instrument and one that demands a certain commitment in order to extract all its magic, but if you buy into its charms the Korg B2N is a digital piano you’ll treasure for years to come.

7. Alesis Harmony 61 MkII

Full-featured keyboard with tonnes of functionality


Launch price : $199/£175/€185

No. of Keys: 61

Key Type: Piano style

Velocity Sensitive?: Yes

No. Of Sounds: 300

No. Of Rhythms: 300

Battery Operated?: 6xAA

Built-in Speakers?: Yes

Connectivity: 1 x ¼” in, 1 x ¼” out, Power,

Dimensions (cm): W95 x D31.4 x H10.4

Weight (kg): 4.9

Reasons to buy

+So many sounds+Bundled accessories

Reasons to avoid

-No aftertouch

If it’s bang for your buck that’s driving your purchasing decision, then the Alesis Harmony 61 MkII is a solid choice. For a shade under $/£200 you get over 300 included sounds - with everything from pianos, keys and synths to sound effects and strings – a large selection of rhythms to practice along to and a bundle of accessories to complete the package. It has 61 piano style keys, which will allow the learner to grow and develop their playing, while a dedicated headphone input allows for silent practice sessions. 

The Harmony 61 MkII won’t win many prizes for tonally accurate sounds, but as a tool to spark the imagination of a younger player it’s a pretty compelling package. 

8. Yamaha PSR-E363

The best beginner keyboard for education


Launch price : $199/£189/€229

No. of Keys: 61

Key Type: Full-size

Velocity Sensitive?: Yes

No. Of Sounds: 574

No. Of Rhythms: 165

Battery Operated?: Yes

Built-in Speakers?: Yes

Connectivity: Sustain pedal input, USB, Power, Aux input

Dimensions (cm): W95 x D37 x H12

Weight (kg): 4.2

Reasons to buy

+Fantastic on-board tuition features+Huge sound and accompaniment archive+Duo-mode is great for working with teachers

Reasons to avoid

-Styling is a little old-fashioned-Not much stock availability at present

Yamaha’s PSR-E363 delivers everything you need to start your musical journey, offering 574 instrument sounds and 165 backing accompaniment styles. The grand piano voice is as good as you’d expect from a mid-range Yamaha instrument, but it’s the breadth of onboard tuition features that make it easy to see why this keyboard is a top choice for education centres everywhere. 

The Yamaha Education Suite makes it easy to learn the built-in songs, while the ‘Keys to Success’ feature provides short and easy step by step lessons. The Touch Tutor function helps learn expressive playing and there’s a downloadable songbook available to complement the lessons. 

On top of all this, a duo mode splits the keyboard in two halves so that students can copy what the teacher is playing. Overall, the PSR E363 offers a great balance of quality and quantity in terms of sounds and features, ideal for any beginner.

9. Casio WK-6600

Portable arranger keyboard with huge versatility


Launch price : $299/£295/€344

No. of Keys: 76

Key Type: Full-size

Velocity Sensitive?: Yes

No. Of Sounds: 700

No. Of Rhythms: 210

Battery Operated?: Yes

Built-in Speakers?: Yes

Connectivity: Sustain pedal input, USB, Power

Dimensions (cm): W116 x D38 x H14

Weight (kg): 7.2

Reasons to buy

+So many sounds to choose from+Intuitive operation

Reasons to avoid

-So many sounds to choose from…

By their very nature, arranger keyboards do come with a level of complexity that puts them in a league above ‘regular’ pianos and keyboards. By allowing the user to layer up sounds, rhythms and melodies from different instruments, they can be thought of more as a portable band. That said, the Casio WK-6600 does a pretty good job of making this multi-layered workflow accessible for players of any ability thanks to it being remarkably simple to use.

You have access to a monstrous sound bank, for starters, with over 700 to choose from. There’s also an onboard mixer, effects and a sequencer to help sketch out your ideas. It’s a lot of functionality, and a great way for a beginner to learn the art of arrangement and composition for not a lot of money. 

10. Yamaha Reface CP

Mini keys with loads of charm


Launch price : $399/£269/€333

No. of Keys: 37

Key Type: Mini

Velocity Sensitive?: No

No. Of Sounds: 6

No. Of Rhythms: 0

Battery Operated?: Yes

Built-in Speakers?: Yes

Connectivity: Sustain pedal input, USB, Power, MIDI

Dimensions (cm): W53 x D17 x H6

Weight (kg): 1.9

Reasons to buy

+Great sounds+Simple to use

Reasons to avoid

-More sounds would always be welcome

When you first sit down at an 88-key piano or keyboard, it can be intimidating. Put simply, they’re huge, especially to younger learners or those with smaller hands. A more welcoming route may be to look at something with smaller keys, like the Yamaha Reface CP. The Reface has just 37 keys – and mini ones at that – but focuses its attention more on the included sounds.

For our money, there are few keyboards in this bracket which sound as good as the Reface models, especially when you factor in the onboard effects which help shape your tone. It also has plenty in the way of connectivity, so you could feasibly continue to use its sounds by hooking it up to a larger MIDI-enabled keyboard in the future, making the Reface something you’re unlikely to grow out of any time soon. 

Read the full Yamaha Reface CP review

11. Playground Sessions PG-150

The best for online lessons


Launch price : $160 (including 1 month Playground Sessions membership)

No. of Keys: 61

Key Type: Full-size

Velocity Sensitive?: Yes

No. Of Sounds: 5

No. Of Rhythms: 0

Battery Operated?: Yes

Built-in Speakers?: Yes

Connectivity: Sustain pedal input, USB, Power, Aux input

Dimensions (cm): n/a

Weight (kg): n/a

Reasons to buy

+Includes Playground Sessions membership+Handy slot for your tablet+Semi-weighted keys feel great

Reasons to avoid

-Speakers are a little weak

If you’re taking out a Playground Sessions membership, why not consider a keyboard specifically designed to be used with the service? This 61-key, five octave keyboard has semi-weighted keys, built-in speakers for practicing and an audio input so you can connect your computer or tablet’s headphone output and hear the app’s sound through the speakers as you progress through the lessons. 

With a slot for a tablet built into the top panel, a USB connector, sustain pedal input and five of its own onboard sounds, it comes bundled with membership to Playground Sessions starting at $160 for a month’s subscription, rising to $400 for a lifetime membership. Since it’s been designed with online lessons in mind, it’ll not only work brilliantly with Playground Sessions, but with any other online lesson provider too.

Best keyboards for beginners: buying advice

How many keys do you need?

Keyboards come in numerous sizes, with the standard being 88 keys. Smaller keyboards are available with 76, 61, 49 and even 25 key options out there. When starting out, it's best to go for something that can accommodate two-handed playing straight away, or you'll be wanting to upgrade sooner than you think. For this, you'll need at least 49 keys or four octaves. 

For this reason, we've made sure all of the keyboards in this guide have a minimum of 49 keys, except for one – the Yamaha PSS-A50, which has 37 mini keys making it suitable for small children or players with small hands. 

As a general rule - bigger is always better. Go for as many keys as you have room for, or your budget will allow. Buying a full-sized keyboard at the beginning means your new instrument has room to grow with you as you progress on your keyboard-playing adventure.

Keyboard action explained

The action describes how easy or hard the keys are to actually press down to produce a note. Real pianos have weighted keys and, therefore, quite a heavy action, so for beginners, a more lightly-sprung ‘synth action’ keyboard is more likely to fit the bill to start with. 

A light action is often better for small hands in particular, but don’t be too tempted by mini-size keys – little hands can quite easily handle full-size keys as long as the action isn’t too heavy, and learning on full-size keys will remove the need for switching from mini to full-size at a later point, which can be difficult once you’ve got used to small keys.

Number of sounds

The number of sounds that your keyboard should have comes down to what you want to use it for – you don’t necessarily need hundreds of sounds if your main interest is simply learning piano. There are plenty of options out there that offer little more than 10 high quality sounds. 

That said, if you’re buying a keyboard for kids to learn to play their favourite songs on, a wide variety of tones is arguably more likely to keep them interested in the long term, plus it will make the keyboard more entertaining for when they’re playing it outside of lesson time.

Keyboard vs digital piano

So what is the difference between a keyboard and a digital piano? Dedicated digital pianos are aimed more at people who want an alternative to an acoustic piano, with full 88 weighted keys. Keyboards, on the other hand, are generally loaded with extra features and sounds. Keyboards are also more portable, with some having the option to be battery powered. 

Some sort of acoustic piano sound is nearly always top of the list of sounds that a keyboard comes with. Still, the quality of this sound will be an important consideration – generally, the cheaper the keyboard, the less realistic the piano sound is likely to be. 

Keyboards will usually have some sort of rhythmical accompaniment section with preset drum rhythms built-in, and many even feature onboard tuition features such as illuminated keys, a metronome and built-in songs to play along with.

Velocity sensitivity

Velocity-sensitive keyboards respond to how hard you hit the keys while playing, emulating the response of an acoustic piano - the harder you hit a key, the louder the note that comes out. It’s important to learn how hard to press the keys from the off if you’re seriously considering making any kind of progress as a player, so velocity sensitivity is an important item on your wishlist. It will also give you more accurate feedback for monitoring the development of finger strength and independence when practising.

Sound quality

When you’re starting out, your first keyboard probably isn’t going to sound as good as the ones the professionals use – after all, you wouldn’t shell out hundreds on a top-end keyboard if you’re not 100 percent sure that you or your budding pianist are going to persevere beyond Frere Jacques. Because of this, keyboards for beginners and kids can often skimp on sound quality, promising hundreds of tones that are all really just endless variations of one or two basic sounds. 

Our advice would be to go for keyboards with fewer, better quality tones. This will help you to achieve a better sound right from the start, inspiring the confidence to help you progress with your lessons. In our opinion, if it actually sounds like you’re playing a piano while you’re learning, you’re much more likely to stick with it!


Music kids keyboard

Piano Songs for Kids

It’s never too early (or late) to start learning the piano! Whether you have an illustrious grand piano or a funky techno beat electronic keyboard, you can teach your child several simple piano tunes in a fun and encouraging fashion.

Introducing your child to the fundamentals of music can help them in many different ways.Studies have shown that there’s a substantial correlation between music and language skills.It turns out that learning new scales, chords, and songs is much like learning new words, sentences, and stories.This makes their formative years a perfect time to start learning music!

Whether you’d like your child to be the next Mozart or you’re just looking for a way to build up their cognitive skills, these keyboard songs for beginners are a great place to start.As they grow older, you’ll both be glad they got the music fundamentals down at a young age, as this can be the beginning of a lifetime of musical enjoyment!

Getting the Basics Down

Some parents are hesitant to teach their children basic music skills because they don’t know where to begin. The good news is that you don’t need to be a professional player to teach your child easykeyboard songslike the ones below. In fact, you don’t need any musical experience to get started — you can even learn alongside your child!

First off, you’ll need to learn the location of the notes on the piano. Start by finding C – it’s the white key directly to the left of the group of two black keys. Using only the white keys, the notes continue in alphabetical order up to G, and then they restart at A.

You can label the notes C, D, E, F, G, A, and B with stickers to make it easier for your child. Most easy piano song noteswill all fall on the white keys, so there’s no need to worry about labeling sharps and flats just yet.Once you’ve found where these seven notes are, you and your kids can start learning songs!

5 Easy Piano Songs with Letters

Mary Had a Little Lamb

This is often one of the first keyboard songs for kids that instructors will teach new students. The song has additional verses about the adventures Mary and her lamb have, to keep the fun going while you sing and play together. Check out the verses and the notes below.

Mary had a little lamb
Little lamb, little lamb
Mary had a little lamb
Its fleece was white as snow

Here’s an excellent video tutorial, showing all the notes labeled:

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Any beginner will love playing this children’s classic on the piano. One of the great things about this song is that almost every note is played twice in a row, meaning there are fewer notes for your child to locate.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are

Here’s a helpful video tutorial from for more practice:

If You’re Happy and You Know It

This is one of the most fun keyboard songs for beginners. The tune gives your little musician the chance to clap and dance while playing. The only tricky part of this song is the inclusion of B flat.

This note is the small black key located directly between the A and B keys. If you are using a toy piano or xylophone, you may not have this key and can leave it out.

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it
A A Bb Bb Bb Bb D D
Then your face will surely show it
Bb Bb A A A G F F
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands

Here’s another helpful tutorial:

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Children love singing this song and it’s pretty simple to play, too. One fun idea is for you to play the song while your child does the motions, then switch roles.

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

Here’s a super slow tutorial that is easy to follow along with:

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

This is another classic children’s song that your son or daughter will love playing over and over again so they can sing about every animal on the farm.

Old MacDonald had a farm
And on that farm he had a cow
With a moo moo here and a moo moo there
Here a moo, there a moo
Everywhere a moo moo
Old MacDonald had a farm

Here’s a tutorial for this easy piano song:

These keyboard songs for beginners will help your child learn the basics of music and have fun while doing it. Learninghow to play the pianois a rewarding journey at any age, so if your child enjoys playing these songs, consider signing him or her up for private piano lessons. This is a great way to improve their technique for years to come!

Do you and your child have another favorite tune you like to play together? Let us know in the comments below!

Photo by Eduardo Merille

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