I know from personal experience how difficult it can be to find well-written, legally licensed arrangements of video game music--especially for beginning students. So, I've made it my mission to build a catalog of arrangements that both students and teachers will enjoy using!
Today I am sharing my 5 favorite video game arrangements for beginning students. Your students will be thrilled to get to play the music from their favorite games--and you'll love these pedagogically sound, level-appropriate arrangements! Read on for my top 5 video game picks!
1. Tetris Theme
This is the first piece I assign my video game fans. It's a classic, and the melody fits under the hands well with no position shifts. This arrangement includes an optional teacher duet for a fuller sound.
2. Hopes and Dreams (from "Undertale")
The soundtrack from "Undertale" is super-popular with my students. This is my easiest arrangement from the game, and the teacher duet makes this piece sound extra impressive.
3. Legend of Zelda Main Theme
This is another classic video game piece that my students request quite often! Although the rhythm is challenging, it can be taught by rote. This arrangement includes letter names in the note heads, so even your pre-reading students can learn it! (I also have a slightly more challenging elementary version HERE.)
4. Calm 1 (from "Minecraft")
This theme from Minecraft is great for beginners. Not only does it fit under the hands well and encourage students to count quarter and half notes carefully--it is a great introduction to using the damper pedal!
5. Super Mario Bros. Ground Theme
This is another classic game theme that students (even adults) always love! This arrangement contains the complete ground theme--but it can be broken easily into sections and learned in smaller chunks if necessary.
This is just a small sampling of the video game arrangements I have done. You can browse all of my video game arrangements HERE--and even filter by level or game title!
Finally, I can't do a post on video game music without mentioning my "Let's Quest!" series of books containing original compositions in video game style. This progressive series contains 4 volumes, from elementary pieces with optional teacher duets to intermediate and late intermediate solos. These books are full of fun, pedagogically sound pieces that can be used as a supplement to any method book series. The first book in the series, "Ready to Quest!" is perfect for beginners in their first year of lessons.
What do you think? Do your students enjoy video game music? What are your top-requested game pieces? I would love to hear from you in the comments!