When kids first start to learn the piano the first objective is to make them want to play. So this easy piano free sheet music for the popular kids hit Baby Shark is sure to go down well with any young beginner!
Of course learning this sort of catchy popular tune never replaces learning from a traditional piano tutor book. They’re not as good for developing technique and musical understanding as the more conventional first piano pieces, but what they do do is encourage beginners to want to play. This in turn strengthens and co-ordinates finger control and brings a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment to beginners piano lessons.
Once they can play this Baby Shark easy Piano, they’ll want to play it over and over again. So it’ll encourage them to enjoy playing piano in front of people too which is a good thing to get used to right from the start.
How To Play Baby Shark
- Beginners should only attempt the right hand tune.
- Because this tune is so familiar, kids will be happy to sing it as much as they can, so you can make the most of this as you teach them how to play it on the piano.
- First sing the song and clap the rhythm together without any accompaniment.
- As the words are mainly ‘Do-do-do-de-do’ sing the names of the notes instead.
- Then sing through again but this time using the sheet music.
- Trace the tune with your finger as you sing the names of the notes.
- Then ask the child to have a go themselves, tracing the notes on the music as you both sing them together.
- Then prepare their fingers for playing by practicing on the table.
- Following the sheet music, sing the note names while tapping the correct fingers in the rhythm of the tune. You can demonstrate this first.
- Then let the child try to play the first phrase on the piano, demonstrate first if they aren’t sure.
- Work through the song in this way, one phrase at a time and repeat each phrase a few times before moving on to the next.
- Always break up learning a new piece into shorter sections, don’t try to push on until they can manage each phrase with ease.
- Because of the repetitive nature of this song, you’ll find they ‘get it’ quite quickly.
Adding The Left hand
- The left hand should only be attempted once the child understands the bass clef.
- To introduce the left hand notes and how they fit with the tune above, play the left hand as a duet as the child plays the right hand tune.
- Then help them to identify the notes in the left hand, phrase by phrase.
- Children usually find the bass clef harder to grasp, so keep it light and playful and give them lots of clues if they get stuck.
- A bass clef note chart is very helpful, and encourages kids to work it out for themselves.
- Make sure they are using the correct fingers.
- Happily the left hand for this piece is quite slow and repetitive, so once they’ve got it, it should be reatively easy to play hands together.
- When they can play the left hand notes, you can play a duet again but this time you play the right hand while they practice the left.
- Only attempt hands together once they can play each hand easily separately on it’s own.
- Then you can attempt hands together very slowly in short phrases.
Ellie Mantzana says