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Piano Sheet Music

Piano sheet music is readily available in vast quantities at retail stores and online. The difficulty is in knowing what to look for and where to look. For a beginning piano student, or a new teacher, the task is daunting.

This web page is here to help you wade through the dizzying array of piano sheet music to find what you need or want. The list provided here is the result of 20 years of visiting music stores and libraries to find the best music to use for teaching and for learning piano.

Hopefully, you will either find what you want, or discover what it is that you need for your piano music situation. Perhaps you will simply be set on the right path to what you are looking for.

Regardless, know that the piano music on this list is tried and true. As a teacher, I am always looking for music which teaches and motivates, as well as music of high quality.

Organized from a piano teacher’s perspective, the list starts with a high quality method, moves on to supplemental materials, and then simply provides what would be a great library of piano music for any lifelong student of piano.

(For a more “in-depth” explanation of many of these choices, go to “Piano Music Books” .)

If you are simply looking to shop on your own without any added input, go straight to Sheet Music Plus.com (new window will open), which I have found to have the most comprehensive selection and is the easiest place to buy piano books online.


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piano sheet music:
Piano Music For The Beginner

For the very beginner, learning songs without music and getting to know the keyboard should be the priorities at this point.

For a nice list of tunes to learn without music, see “Free Piano Lessons”.

At this point the only music books you need are method books at the "pre-reading" level.

Hal Leonard Student Piano Library “Piano Lessons” Book 1
Hal Leonard Student Piano Library “Piano Solos” Book 1


Early Elementary Level Piano Music

Still, the priority should be on learning songs (melodies) without music, along with working through the method books.

The "Just Imagine Books" provide high quality beginning pieces for learning how to learn and memorize music

Hal Leonard Student Piano Library “Piano Lessons” Book 2
Hal Leonard Student Piano Library “Piano Solos” Book 2
Martha Mier’s “Just Imagine” Book 1
Martha Mier’s “Just Imagine” Book 2


Mid-Elementary Level Piano Music

Hal Leonard Student Piano Library “Piano Lessons” Book 3
Hal Leonard Student Piano Library “Piano Solos” Book 3
Martha Mier’s “Jazz, Rags, and Blues” Book 1
Neil A. Kjos Piano Library “Essential Piano Repertoire” Preparatory Level
Neil A. Kjos Piano Library “Essential Piano Repertoire” Level 1


Late-Elementary Level Piano Music

Hal Leonard Student Piano Library “Piano Lessons” Book 4
Hal Leonard Student Piano Library “Piano Solos” Book 4
Martha Mier’s “Jazz, Rags, and Blues” Book 2
Neil A. Kjos Piano Library “Essential Piano Repertoire” Level 2
Neil A. Kjos Piano Library “Essential Piano Repertoire” Level 3
Bastien “Piano Literature” Volume 1
Melody Bober’s “Tunes In Transit”


Early-to-mid-intermediate Level Music

Hal Leonard Student Piano Library “Piano Lessons” Book 5
Hal Leonard Student Piano Library “Piano Solos” Book 5
Martha Mier’s “Jazz, Rags, and Blues” Book 3
Neil A. Kjos Piano Library “Essential Piano Repertoire” Level 4
Neil A. Kjos Piano Library “Essential Piano Repertoire” Level 5
Neil A. Kjos Piano Library “Essential Piano Repertoire” Level 6
Bastien “Piano Literature” Volume 2
Bastien “Piano Literature” Volume 3
Elissa Milne’s “Pepperbox Jazz” Book 1



Late Intermediate/Early Advanced Level Music

Martha Mier’s “Jazz, Rags, and Blues” Book 4
Martha Mier’s “Jazz, Rags, and Blues” Book 5
Neil A. Kjos Piano Library “Essential Piano Repertoire” Level 6
Neil A. Kjos Piano Library “Essential Piano Repertoire” Level 7
Neil A. Kjos Piano Library “Essential Piano Repertoire” Level 8
Bastien “Piano Literature” Volume 4
Bastien “Piano Literature” Volume 5
Elissa Milne’s “Pepperbox Jazz” Book 2



Advanced Level Piano Music

Neil A. Kjos Piano Library “Essential Piano Repertoire” Level 9
Neil A. Kjos Piano Library “Essential Piano Repertoire” Level 10


Once you’ve reached the advanced levels, it’s time to venture into the works of the “classical” masters, as well as exploring other genres (jazz transcriptions, film music, church/spiritual arrangements, etc…). For a list of great piano sheet music and books for your library, go to "Piano Music".



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Looking for some piano music?

I have found Sheet Music Plus to be a fantastic resource for piano books & other materials.  And they have instant digital downloads for thousands of individual pieces.



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Seiko Sq50-V Quartz Metronome

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