Piano notes for beginners – Begin to read the musical language


For the beginner, a ready supply of easy piano songs is essential. If you find that a piece does not appeal to you, or it turns out to be too difficult for the stage you are at, you will want to be able to pick up another sheet of music and give that a go, instead.

Easy piano songs for beginners to play

Below are some of our favorite piano songs for students. Not all of the songs, and pieces of music listed below will be for you. But, you should find at least a few tracks that will appeal to you.

Easy nursery rhythms to learn on the piano

The fact that most of us are familiar with nursery rhythms, and that they are very simple tunes that repeat makes them ideal for practice. They are great regardless of what type of instrument you are learning to play, but are particularly good for those just getting started with playing the piano or organ.

Here are our suggestions:

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

If You’re Happy and You Know It

Hickory Dickory Dock

Mary Had a Little Lamb

You can get versions of most of these simple piano songs, here. Some of the sheet music available here have been slightly re-written to make them even easier to play. The idea is that they are easy enough for a toddler to learn to play the keyboard, using these simplified songs.

Easy Christmas songs to play on the keyboard

Christmas is a special time, that most people enjoy, so most people find learning to play seasonal songs fun. They are particularly good for beginners.

You can also buy kid’s versions of the following Christmas Caroles, which are even easier to play than the traditional compositions:

Holy Night

God Rest you Merry Gentlemen

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Jingle Bells

Easy pop songs for the piano

If you have a child that is trying to learn to play the piano, it can sometimes be a bit tedious. As a result, an awful lot of children give up learning to play the piano after just a few months.

Often this happens because they are learning to play music that is not relevant to them. A good way to get around this is to let your children learn how to play pop music on their keyboard or piano. Here are some great ones to try:

Billie Jean by Michael Jackson

Someone Like You by Adele

Hey Jude by The Beatles

All of Me by John Legend

Titanium by Adele

See You Again by Charlie Puth

All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor

Counting Stars by OneRepublic

Clocks by Coldplay

Stay With Me by Sam Smith

Easy classical piano music

Now we are not claiming that all of these pieces are super easy because they are not, but they are all quite simple. Most of the pieces listed below repeat the tune to some extent, making it relatively easy to learn them.

There is no need to feel overwhelmed by the length of some of the pieces. Our suggestion is that you start by learning the sections of each piece that you are most familiar with.

Knowing a piece of music makes it far easier to recreate it, especially when you are a beginner. There is also the added bonus that your friends and family will love the fact that you can play their favorite classical pieces.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven

Gymnopédie No.1 by Erik SatiePiano Notes – White keys arrangement

Clair de Lune by Debussy

Fur Elise by Beethoven – provided it is played at a moderate pace this piece is actually fairly easy to play

Interstellar OST by Hans Zimmer

Easy piano music from the movies

Movie music is also well known, and often current. This makes them a great idea for children who are starting to learn to play the piano. They are far more likely to be interested in learning to play pieces of popular music than they are something their friends are not familiar with at all.

It is far easier to learn to play these pieces than you think. In addition, these pieces will be popular with audiences because they will recognize them, especially if they are from their Piano Scales to adapt the musicfavorite films. So, if you are planning to play in public, they are excellent tracks to have in your repertoire.

Often classical pieces are reworked for use in the movies, and sometimes these updated compositions are easier for piano students to play. Use the search term ‘movie sheet music for the piano’ to find more of them online.

Here are a few movie tunes for you to try to get you started:

Comptine D’un Autre été, L’Après-midi by Yann Tiersen

The Heart Asks For Pleasure First by Michael Nyman

What are your favorite easy piano tunes?

If there are songs that you used to improve your skills when you were learning to play the piano we would love to hear from you. That way we can add more songs to this list.