When small children start to learn the piano you need to get them motivated with easy and appealing song books. These famous, fun five finger piano books for beginners are just what you need to get them hooked, and practicing too!
Young children will find it so satisfying being able to play the tunes that they recognise. And while it’s still important to use a regular tutor book which covers the basics, and make sure that they’re learning to read the notes properly, there’s nothing wrong with allowing them to play their favourite tunes as a regular part of their practice.
There is much more chance that they’ll enjoy playing the piano if they can play tunes that they love! Ensuring enjoyment is especially relevant for young beginners.
Five Finger Piano Books for Beginners
Five Finger Piano Book. This includes seven popular songs from Frozen with single note melody lines that stay in one position, and therefore perfect for beginners. In addition it includes lyrics and accompaniments. Probably the most popular one most recently!
- Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
- Fixer Upper
- For the First Time in Forever
- In Summer
- Let It Go
- Love Is an Open Door
- Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People.
Five Finger Piano Songbook. This includes 10 of the most memorable pieces from the Star Wars films arranged in five finger style. The melody is split between the hands and without key signatures in the solo part, simplifying the pieces as a result.
Starting hand positions are also illustrated above each piece, while any fingerings that are outside the noted five finger positions are circled. All of the arrangements also have optional duet accompaniments which always go down well.
- Across the Stars (“Love Theme”)
- Anakin’s Theme
- Duel of the Fates
- The Imperial March (“Darth Vader’s Theme”)
- Luke and Leia
- May the Force Be with You (“The Force Theme”)
- Princess Leia’s Theme
- Star Wars (“Main Title”)
- Yoda’s Theme.
Five Finger Piano Book. 8 Disney greats arranged for beginner piano players. The melodies are simplified and are therefore very satisfying for young beginners! Songs include:
- Be Our Guest
- Can You Feel the Love Tonight
- If I Didn’t Have You
- Kiss the Girl
- My Funny Friend and Me
- Two Worlds
- A Whole New World
- Written in the Stars.
8 Disney Film Classics
This book focuses on favourites arranged for piano beginners. It also has a great-sounding optional duet part for teachers or parents to play.
- Baby Mine
- Dalmatian Plantation
- He’s a Pirate
- Once upon a Dream
- Part of Your World
- Scales and Arpeggios
- Touch the Sky.
The Disney Princess Collection
Five Finger Piano Book. This collection features five finger piano arrangements of seven songs sung by Disney princesses. In addition the book includes lots of pictures of each princess in turn. I have also always found the pictures to be an important motivating factor!
- Colors of the Wind
- A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes
- I Wonder
- Just Around the Riverbend
- Part of Your World
- Something There
- A Whole New World
Harry Potter Song Book
This is another book where themes from the movie arranged in traditional five finger style, the same as the Star Wars collection. The melodies are split between the hands, and are without key signatures in the student part. Starting hand positions are also illustrated above each piece. Finally, like the Star Wars collection, fingerings that are outside the five finger position are circled for easy identification.
- Dumbledore’s Army
- Hagrid the Professor
- Harry in Winter
- Harry’s Wondrous World
- Hedwig’s Theme
- Neville’s Waltz
- Potter Waltz
- The Quidditch World Cup (The Irish)
I quite like the Mango Piano Book and it is my go-to method when I get a new beginner student. I like the idea of a “happy face sun” on each lesson. My students try really hard to get it. They want the reward so it keeps them motivated.
Sara Mullett says
I’ve never come across this one before, but I do like the sound of the happy face sun! I’m sure that goes down very well!