14 Easy Piano Melodies for Beginners and Kids [Updated 2020]

Are you a beginner piano player?

Are you looking for some easy to master piano melodies with which you can begin honing your piano-playing skills?

A piano tune consists of the pitch and the rhythm.

The pitch refers to the actual sound of the note you are playing while the rhythm is the pace of the note, or how fast or slow you are playing successive notes.

If you are a beginner piano player, you will be looking for melodies with simple rhythms and which don’t move a lot on the notes.

Playing the piano also involves the use of both hands.

However, as a beginner, you can start with the melodies that you can comfortably play using one hand.

You will learn to play a melody or song best when you master every hand separately before you transition into playing the melody using both hands.

Below is a list of some of the easiest and bite-sized piano melodies that a beginner can master effortlessly.

Master these and you will gain the confidence that you need to tackle more complex melodies.

Swan Lake Theme by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Theme is one of the most recognizable piano tunes and a good piano melody for beginners to start with.

Einsame Blumen by Robert Schumann

Schumann married Clara Wieck who was one of the greatest pianists of all time.

He wrote some of the great piano pieces during the Romantic era.

One of these was the Waldszenen or “Forest Scenes” which contains the Einsame Blumen, one of the more approachable piano pieces in the Waldszenen.

Like other Schumann compositions, it makes for a great piano melody.

Für Elise by Beethoven

Legend has it that Beethoven wrote the ‘Für Elise’ piano piece for one of his students known as Elise though the manuscripts dedicate this piece ‘Für Therese’.

In spite of the mystery surrounding its inspirations, this is a charming piano piece perfectly suited for those who are just getting started.  

Clair de Lune by Debussy

This haunting Debussy piano piece is better suited for the intermediate players.

It also makes for a great piano piece that you can work on as a beginner.

It was nicknamed ‘Clair de lune’ which translates into ‘light of the moon’.

Sonata No. 16 by Mozart

Mozart is one of the finest composers that ever lived but not all of his pieces are difficult.

The Sonata was actually written with beginners in mind so this is one for top piano melodies that beginners can easily master.

Sonata No. 16 is also referred to as Sonata Facile (‘facile’ means easy).

However, that doesn’t mean that it is a walk in the park but it is a great piano piece for both beginners and intermediate players who want to lay their hands on Mozart without grappling with its typical breakneck semi-quavers.

‘Moonlight’ Sonata by Beethoven

Eager to play a Beethoven piece as a beginner.

The ‘Moonlight’ Sonata is one of the most beautiful Beethoven pieces that beginners can easily master.

Its first movement which is its most famous part is also very straightforward to play.

It is one of the 32 sonatas that Beethoven wrote and which has become a backbone of the solo piano repertoire.

Late for the Date by Justin Hurwitz

Late for the Date has a very simple arrangement that is perfectly suited for beginners.

You can also play this piece using your right hand only.

Moon River by Henry Mancini

The iconic and melancholic Moon River by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer is also a great choice for beginners and intermediate players.

It is easy to learn.

It is the kind of easy but powerful melody that you could easily learn over a wintry night over the rainy weekend to go with the heartbreaking tune.

All The Pretty Little Horses

This melody is suited for both beginner and intermediate players and can be played using both hands.

It is a popular lullaby and one that you can surprise family and neighbors with.

Just the perfect and easy to learn the piano melody to transport you into dreamland.

The Four Seasons: Spring by Antonio Vivaldi

This remains one of the best-known classical works through time.

This is the kind of piece that every pianist must have among their repertoire and it is suited for all levels, including beginners.

King William’s March by Jeremiah Clarke

King William’ March is a fun and uplifting piece that was composed in by Jeremiah Clarke after the Glorious Revolution which happened in 1688.

It is a fairly easy piece to master.

The Entertainer by Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer is a classical piano composition which was published in 1902.

It’s a fun and basic piece that beginners can easily master and play.

Star Wars (Main Theme)

The main theme song in Star Wars was composed by John Williams and is a piano melody that beginners can learn to play with relative ease.

Hello by Adele

Adele’s hit song Hello is one of the most popular songs of our time and also one that you can easily render on the piano.

The piece is very simple and can easily be learned by kids as well as complete beginners on the piano.

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