Useful Piano sites:
For those in Piano Pals, Mighty Musicians or Keyboard Kids
This is the free program we use in class to play CDs at a slower speed. It makes it easier to play along with the accompaniment.
Want to write your own music?
This is a link to the same software I use to write music. Their Notepad version is a free download and easy to learn. Once you write and save a song you can email it to Mrs. Parks!
The University of Iowa Piano Pedagogy Project
Have you ever wondered what a song you are working on should sound like? This site has YouTube videos of hundreds of popular piano songs played by pianists at the University of Iowa. It is a great resource for listening to lots of piano music or perhaps finding a new piece of music you would like to learn.
Explore these Free Music Websites:
This is probably my favorite site for free music. It is very well organized by level and has recordings of the songs that you can listen to. There are only a couple of songs that are not free, and they are clearly indicated by a blue dot instead of a green one.
Great selection of songs grouped according to level.Each song has a recording and preview of the music, as well as a little bio of the composer for the classical songs.
Mrs. Cole was a piano teacher in Houston who developed her own curriculum for teaching group piano. She recently retired and made all her music available for free!
This site has a lot of free music, especially classical songs. The pop songs listed are usually just the chords and small snippets, but gives you an idea of how to get started figuring it out on your own. (They can't print free modern pop music due to copyrights.) It also has a metronome setting and some background beats you can play along with and make up your own songs.
If you look past the clutter of ads on this site, it does have quite a bit of free music to print, arranged by how many years you've been playing. There are also some links to audio recordings to listen to, though they are not usually the same arrangement as the sheet music.
This site is best if you have a particular song you are looking for. Use the search feature, and it will probably have several versions to choose from.