Here’s one of the most famous and loved Christmas songs of all – and it’s everyone’s favourite! So this Easy Piano Music Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer is sure to encourage young pianists to raise the roof with a rousing rendition!
If you are new to the piano and are still learning the notes on the stave, take a look at my First Piano Lessons for some help. The following tips are intended for young pianists with at least a year’s experience. Work through the points below, allowing plenty of time between each stage. Kids will love learning to play this tune as they already know it so well.
How To Play Easy Piano Music Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
- Start by teaching them the right hand melody line phrase by phrase, paying careful attention to the rhythm and fingering. This may take time. Do it in stages over a couple of lessons.
- Point out how the main theme tune comes round three times and make sure the child can recognise it. At this stage it can look a bit long and daunting so it’s encouraging when they realise the tune repeats. Also point out that the last two notes at the end of these verses are not always the same. You could highlight or circle these notes to make them stand out.
- Once they have got the right hand notes and rhythm sorted out and can play it confidently, you can play the left while they play the right hand tune. The child will enjoy hearing the the two parts together. Depending on the age and level of the child just playing the right hand might be enough for now.
- The child is only ready to attempt the left hand when they can play the right hand confidently. Introduce the left hand in the same way: 2 bars at a time, following the fingering carefully. In this piece the left hand looks more difficult than it actually is because it is so repetitive.
- Point out which bars are the same as each other and then look at the pattern of the repeating intervals. See if they can recognise the 5ths and octaves as this will help to grasp it. Try to encourage the child to look ahead to see what is coming.
- Make sure that they recognise and understand the accidentals (sharps or flats in front of notes).
- When they can play the left hand easily you can add in the right hand at the same time, playing the piece as a duet.
- Once the child has mastered both hands separately they can then begin to put the hands together if they are happy to do so. Start slowly and steadily 2 bars at a time. It is important not to attempt to much too soon as this can be discouraging.
- If there are any particular bars that the child finds difficult then that part should be practised on its own three extra times, to help it catch up with the rest. I sometimes suggest that they do that as a warm up before attempting the whole piece.
- It is always important to gauge when the child has had enough and needs a break. Practice is always most effective when it is attempted little and often. Always give plenty of praise for each stage of the practice process so that the pupil feels satisfaction along the way.
If you’re looking for more Easy Piano Music for Beginners check out:
- Jingle Bells Easy Piano Music for Beginners
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Easy Sheet Music for Beginners
Check out our Christmas lesson plan for lots more musical and educational activities to celebrate the season!
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