As we approach the circular drive my stomach starts knotting up, and I question my preparedness. We pull up to the ranch-style home, paint-peeled decorative trim framing the large sun-catcher-filled bay window, leading my eyes to the well-worn upright Mason & Hamlin inside. I say goodbye to my dad, tuck my loose sheets into my lesson book, jump from the truck and nervously head to the door, ringing the bell reluctantly. Mrs. Bindley is already waiting on the other side. Opening the door, she offers me a grandmotherly smile, I breathe in the lemony Pine-Sol and rich cookie-scented air, and I’m instantly at ease, ready and eager to make music.
We all can reminisce about when we first began to hone our craft, whether it was at private instrumental lessons, in school band or choir, or by way of raking through book after book self-teaching. And with new technology, that altogether exciting and nerve-racking experience has become accessible to everybody wanting to learn how to play music.
Enter Musicnotes’ latest digital sheet music product: Beginner Notes. Musicnotes beginning piano music is specially arranged for the very new pianist, with note names printed on the note heads for literally ANYONE’S playing enjoyment.
Musicnotes now offers nearly 200 Beginner Notes sheet music titles for new pianists. As long as you can read the most basic of music (I’ve even tested Beginner Notes on friends and family who’d never before read music, simply by lettering the keys of a keyboard), you can play the melodies of hits like Katy Perry’s “Roar,” Ylvis’ “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?),” “Let It Go” from Frozen or Lorde’s “Royals,” just to name a few.
I’ve found these fun-to-play beginner arrangements especially helpful in motivating new pianists. Students can pick a “reward” song to play after doing well in a lesson, mastering a skill or just as an added pick-me-up when practicing hits a standstill. They recognize the Disney, pop or holiday song, and the extra sparkle in your student’s eye as the notes start to come together is contagious and exhilarating.
I encourage educators, parents, and those interested in self-teaching piano to take a look at the selection of beginning piano arrangements. There’s literally something for everyone! Now, if only Mrs. Bindley had been able to download Kermit’s “The Rainbow Connection” for my 6-year-old self…
Do you remember your very first lesson? Is there a song you think would really excite your students and/or children? Leave a comment below!