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Five Easy Classical Pieces for Piano Beginners

As a beginner interested in classical piano, it can be really difficult to know which pieces are easy enough to learn and play without an enormous amount of effort. The world of classical piano music is extensive, and there are literally hundreds of thousands of classical pieces from which to choose. 

How can a beginning piano student know which pieces are easy enough to learn? Often, this requires the input of a more experienced teacher, and that’s why I’ve created this list of my five favorite easy classical pieces for piano beginners. 

Each of these pieces can be played by piano students after less than a year of study. 

I’ll describe the particular characteristics of each of these classical pieces, explain why I find them to be easy and good pieces for beginners, and will provide you a link for the free sheet music as well. You can find tutorials for each of these piano pieces as part of my step-by-step online course, where I’ll show you not just the notes, but also discuss issues like interpretation, phrasing, articulation and so forth.

Piano Piece, Opus 117 no. 1 (Cornelius Gurlitt)

Easy Gurlitt Piano Piece

Download the sheet music for Gurlitt’s Opus 117 no. 1

There’s a lot about this piano piece that makes it perfect for beginners. Look at the slow half notes and quarter notes in each hand, as well as the simple rhythm.

In addition, the piece has no sharps or flats, and is quite short, making it a great piece for pianists that don’t have much experience yet with playing both hands together.

And, both hands are in treble clef, so you don’t have to worry about reading bass clef yet! You’ll find it in Level 3 of my online course.

Children’s Song (Louis Köhler)

Easy Gurlitt Piano Piece

Download the sheet music for Children’s Song

This piano piece comes from a collection of easy works by the composer Louis Köhler. Even though it’s called “Children’s Song”, it’s a great piece for adult beginners as well.

Like the previous piece, this one also has no sharps or flats, and both hands are in treble clef. The left hand also features lots of broken chords, so it might help to practice playing the notes of the left hand in each measure together as one group.

Also, this is a great piece to start working on playing the melody (right hand) softer than the accompaniment (left hand.) This is a technique that’s necessary in countless classical piano pieces, and will greatly improve your sound!

You can learn this piece in Level 4 of my online course.

The Flatterer (Theodore Oesten)

Easy Piano Piece "The Flatterer"

Download the sheet music for The Flatterer

This piece is from the composer Theodore Oesten’s collection of easy piano music entitled “Mayflowers.” It’s one of my favorite works for beginning pianists.

Unlike the previous pieces in C major, this one is in G major, meaning it has one sharp. But it’s easily manageable. The accompaniment is also quite simple, although you will need to play two notes at the same time on the second and third beats of each measure.

This piece is a little waltz, meaning it’s in 3/4 time (three beats per measure) with a lilting feel. Remember to make a little accent on the first beat of each measure, just like the composer indicates!

You can learn this piece in Level 6 of my online course.

Minuet in F (Mozart)

Easy Mozart Piano Piece

Download the sheet music for Mozart’s Minuet in F

Finally, some easy piano music by one of the truly great composers! This charming little piece was written by Mozart when he was only six years old, but it already shows his remarkable musical gifts.

This piece features only individual notes in each hand, but you will need to read treble and bass clef at the same time. Also, the two hands are quite independent, and cover a greater range than some of the other pieces.

This piece is in F major, so don’t forget the B-flats in both hands! Despite these minor challenges, this is still a wonderful classical piece that should be easily manageable for most beginners.

You can learn this piece in Level 6 of my online course.

Prelude in C Major (J.S. Bach)

Beginner Bach Piano Piece

Download the sheet music for Bach’s Prelude in C Major

This piece is undoubtedly one of the most famous classical piano pieces of all time (although technically, it was written for harpsichord or cembalo, but I digress.)

It comes from Bach’s famous Well-Tempered Clavier, a collection of 24 pieces in each of the major and minor keys. This is not only the first piece of that collection, but undoubtedly the easiest as well.

Although this prelude is substantially longer than the other pieces I’ve mentioned, it’s also repetitive (the second half of each measure is the same as the first) and the the rhythm remains the same throughout. So that makes is quite easy to learn. And it’s in C major.

You can learn it in Level 10 of my online course.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoy practicing these five easy classical piano pieces! If you’re looking for many more ideas, there are literally hundreds of pieces for beginners in my online course. I’ve arranged them all into fifteen difficulty levels so you’ll be sure to find pieces that perfectly match your ability level!

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