Beginners Music

Pre-reading Piano Set 1

Summer is winding down, school is starting back, and for piano teachers that often means new piano students. I remember when I was a classroom music specialist.  I had a guitar and students would wildly raise their hands to request their favorite songs and bob up and down with excitement. Children love music. So when piano students sit on my bench, I try for that same kind of enthusiasm. But piano is a lot harder for children, no doubt about it. What can I do to make them as enthused about piano lessons as they were when I pulled out my guitar for a sing-along? And can I share my ideas with other teachers around the globe? That is why I started this blog.

If you’re looking for some pre-reading music to use with your beginners, here are some old favorites of mine. They were originally made in landscape orientation, which allowed me to make the score larger. I’ve updated them, because parents kept telling me how hard it was to play sideways pages in a binder. I agree! So I am gradually revising all my pre-reading pieces from landscape (sideways) to portrait view. It is almost like starting over because I have to resize everything before I move it around.  But it is so much easier to use in a binder that it’s really worth it for my students. And in the spirit of sharing, I’m offering these to you, too.

These pieces can be used at the first lesson, depending on age and ability,  and are appropriate for ages 4 to 7. All of them are on the black keys, which means students do not have to know the names of the keys. Only fingers 2, 3, and 4 are used. The two easiest ones are What the Robin Said to the Worm and What the Worm Said to the Robin.

The five pieces in this set are:

  • Red Light, Green Light – color coded to show which hand to use.
  • What the Robin Said to the Worm – No notes on this one, only finger numbers.
  • What the Worm Said to the Robin – This is the partner to the previous piece, using two fingers.
  • Hot Cross Buns – 2 pages, one for each hand on the black keys.

If you have some pre-reading favorite of mine that you would like me to re-do in portrait,  post the name of the piece in the comment section here, and I’ll put them at the top of my list!

Please follow my terms of use. I own the copyright. You may print these for private piano teaching or personal use. They may not be sold or redistributed by any means, including file sharing or posting on the internet. 

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9 thoughts to “Pre-Reading Music for Young Beginners Bundle

  • Amy Selke

    Thank you for these resources! I am a new piano teacher and it is so encouraging to find these great pieces for little ones!

  • Cynthia Van Arsdale

    Thanks for changing these songs to portrait. I can appreciate how much work it is, but it is so much neater in binders. Thanks for helping your fellow teachers! You’re an inspiration.

  • Nancy Hart

    I absolutely love your website. I have a 3 year old starting lessons tomorrow and have downloaded your pre-reading bundles one and two. Thank you for all you do!

    My best,

    Nancy Hart

  • Brook Hampton

    Thank you, thank you for your wonderful, helpful, informational and inspirational posts! I’m a new piano teacher and appreciate the time you’ve taken to share your talents with the music community.

    • Susan Paradis

      You’re welcome, Brook, I really like to share. Thanks for your inspiring comment!

  • Laura Benton

    Thank you Susan! I have two little ones beginning lessons next week. We will have fun with these songs!

  • Ann Allott

    Thank you very much for sharing this music. It does make it a lot easier to keep in folders when it is portrait view but as we all love your music we will keep playing it no matter which orientation it is. The graphics and border on Red Light, Green Light look fantastic. I really appreciate all the time and effort you put in to making these pieces look (and sound) so attractive for young students as I know how much time it takes. Thank you.

    • Susan Paradis

      Thank you very much for your kind words. I try to make some a little more plain than others because children are all different. Often they are created for certain students who like a lot of detail. Those are my Baroque students!

  • Laura

    I love your pre-reading music! I have a lot of young students and two very young beginners this year so I am so excited to see the updated version! Thanks!


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