XYLOPHONE IntroThe PDFs and videos listed on this page are totally free. You do not have to sign up for anything in order to download or view. Most of the PDFs are multi page, so always take a look to see if the PDF is appropriate for your needs.
More PDFs for music theory activities are listed on the PDF page (under "More")
We do, however, have a three PDF Packet of printed lesson instructions for beginners available on Etsy for those who want more related activies, want to set up a school/studio/group program, or........:
150+ pages - $1.99 total cost - search "anybody can play" on Etsy.
And, as I ALWAYS say..... Have fun while learning music!
FREE PDF LESSON PACKETS for use with youtube videos
Pre-1. Pre-Lesson Packet:This is a 7 page PDF with tips and suggestions for teaching, performing, etc. with young students.
To download, just click on Pre-Lesson Packet to print out.
1. Lesson One: Fluttering Butterflies:This is a 14+ page PDF set: Notation with colored notes, flashcards, color coded xylophones, etc. along with instructions and suggestions. This set can be used with one or many students and is appropriate for all ages down to age 4.
To download, just click on Lesson 1: Fluttering Butterflies to print out.
FREE PDFs for downloading
1. Practice xylophones:This is a four page PDF with 3 color coded xylophones and one with white tone bars so it can be color coded to a personal xylophone. These are true to size, so copy and preferably laminate or put into a protective cover for extended use. Use the eraser on a pencil for that little end ball on the mallet.
To download, just click on Practice Xylophones to print out.
2. Xylophone notation for Jesus Loves Me:This two page PDF has regular notation for the song
plus a page showing the xylophone notes in order with tone key names.
To download, just click on Jesus Loves Me to print out.
3. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands:This six page PDF has xylophone notation, xylophone notation with a xylophone "key"," plus a piano part that can be used an an accompaniment - or a solo:
To download, just click on He's Got the Whole World to print out.
4. Praise Him, Praise Him piano parts:This three page PDF has two different versions of a piano accompaniment (or solo) for this song.
To download, just click on Praise Him to print out.
5. Xylophone notation for Praise Him, Praise Him:This four page PDF has "regular" notes for the song plus visual note-to-tone bar pages.
One has the tone bars colored and the other has white tone bars so it can be color-coded to individual xylophones.
To download, just click on xyloNotes to print out.
6. Amazing Grace:This four page PDF has xylophone notation plus a piano part that can be used an an accompaniment - or a solo:
To download, just click on Amazing Grace to print out.
Instructional Xylophone Songs on youtube
My instructional xylophone song Playlist:To go directly to the Xylophone Playlist, click here.
Individual song links in order by difficulty...easy first....
1. Learn "Basics":click here." This is a 3 minute 20 second video teaching a simple C through G exercise - first very slowly, then faster with the "ding" mallet showing, then up to speed - no "ding" mallet.
2. "Hot Cross Buns":click here. Hot Cross Buns is simply visual - 25 seconds long. The mallet tips toward the next tone bar being played, then lands on the bar. This is the procedure throughout the entire video.
3. "Fluttering Butterflies":click here. This is a 28 second video. Mallet on the tone bar, tips toward next tone bar, lands on that bar, etc. etc.
3A. "Fluttering Butterflies Theory":click here. This is a 2 minute video that talks about the two different notes that are in the song, Fluttering Butterflies. These two video complement the Lesson Packet for Fluttering Butterflies (available near the top of this web page). This particular packet will have some additions soon - like a piano part and setting up instruction binders for students...and the instructor:) Soooo, keep checking this PDF for additions.
5. "God So Loved the World":click here" This is a nearly 2 minute video that is John 3:16 set to music - music that can be played on a xylophone!
5. "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands":click here" This is a 1 minute, 9 second video with the timings listed for the beginning of each part. If you click on the time the video will "jump" to that part. It also has a piano accompaniment part at the end. This song is based on Psalm 23.
6. "The B-I-B-l-E":click here" This is a 41 second video with the timings listed for the beginning of each part. If you click on the time the video will "jump" to that part.
7. "Jesus Loves Me":click here. This is a 55 second video - totally visual. This is one of the songs in the xylophone instruction packet available on Etsy.
8. "Praise Him Praise Him":click here." This is 33 seconds long - visual instruction only. It has the timings listed, but unfortunately only one is "hot".
9. "Amazing Grace":click here. This video is 8 minutes, 42 seconds long. This has spoken instructions along with the process of learning part by part. Beginning times for all parts are listed and will "jump" to that part when clicked. This also has the piano accompaniment on the video.
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