20 Easy Xylophone / Glockenspiel Songs for Beginners

The Xylophone or the Glockenspiel are great options for everyone to easily play their favorite tunes when taking their first steps in music. On the one hand they are less costly than a piano or a guitar, on the other hand they don’t require very special skills.

Also the xylophone and the glockenspiel are two musical instruments for both children and preschool teachers alike. Younger children under the age of 6 can manage their mallets and accompany nursery rhymes with a musical instrument. The older ones, especially preschool / elementary teachers, will inspire children to sing by playing the song on the glockenspiel!

Choose from the list we have prepared for you with the easiest songs for mallets and get started. The list is in order of priority: from the easiest to… just easy! When you have practiced enough, go on to amplify your repertoire by finding more in Singing Bell’s comprehensive collection.

And don’t forget to use both hands, both mallets!

 

Hot Cross Buns

Just three notes for your first song on xylophone or glockenspiel: start from E and descend step by step to C. Use both mallets to play the same note many times.

 

Click here to find a Printable PDF file with sheet music and letters and a helping glockenspiel / xylophone color chart.

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Hot Cross Buns – How to Play on the Glockenspiel / Xylophone

 

Mary Had A Little Lamb

The song consists only of 4 natural notes, (C – D – E – G).  Probably the most famous children’s song, and not by chance, since its melody is easily sung even by infants! The little ones will be happy to hear it from the teacher and to follow him singing! But the little student will be happy to listen to the song with their own hands. Find instructions and a score in the link below.

 

Click here to find a Printable PDF file with sheet music and letters and a helping glockenspiel / xylophone color chart.

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Mary Had A Little Lamb – How to Play on Glockenspiel / Xylophone

 

 

Baby Shark

This viral campfire song uses only four notes: C – D – E – F. So easy!

 

Click here to find a Printable PDF file with sheet music and letters and a helping glockenspiel / xylophone color chart.

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Baby Shark – How to Play on Glockenspiel / Xylophone

 

Ode To Joy

Ok, it’s time to play Beethoven, even if you are 6 years old! If you follow the link you’ll find three versions: we propose the one in C, which uses the C – D – E – F – G. Easy for you and your voice, too.

 

Click here to find a Printable PDF file with sheet music and letters and a helping glockenspiel / xylophone color chart.

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Ode To Joy – How to Play on the Glockenspiel / Xylophone

 

 

When The Saints Go Marching In

We continue with an old spiritual. The melody is so simple that so many students love playing it while they learn a music instrument.

 

Click here to find a Printable PDF file with sheet music and letters and a helping glockenspiel / xylophone color chart.

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When The Saints Go Marching In – How to Play on the Glockenspiel / Xylophone

 

Old MacDonald

The main note here is F. Add two higher notes (G and A) and two lower (C and D) and start with one of the children’s favorites.

 

Click here to find a Printable PDF file with sheet music and letters and a helping glockenspiel / xylophone color chart.

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Old McDonald Had A Farm – How to Play on the Glockenspiel / Xylophone

 

A Ram Sam Sam

If you are a preschooler teacher find the song here to sing with children in the class. After that learn to play it on glockenspiel and invite them to sing with, they will love it!

 

Click here to find a Printable PDF file with sheet music and letters and a helping glockenspiel / xylophone color chart.

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A Ram Sam Sam – How to Play on the Glockenspiel / Xylophone

 

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Go a little further by adding one more note (A) and you have the group of six C – D – E – F – G – A. This allows you to play a dozen of songs for kids.  5+1 notes for this little star of songs! Two by two the notes, verse by verse and here it is!

 

Click here to find a Printable PDF file with sheet music and letters and a helping glockenspiel / xylophone color chart.

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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star – How to Play on Glockenspiel / Xylophone

 

London Bridge is Falling Down

The bridge is falling down and the song ends on the C – the lowest note of this melody. The higher one is the A and we use all the rest between them to play the song.

 

Click here to find a Printable PDF file with sheet music and letters and a helping glockenspiel / xylophone color chart.

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London Bridge Is Falling Down – How to Play on Glockenspiel / Xylophone

 

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Come on, rain, you have to stop, the children want to play outside! Meanwhile we play the song on the glockenspiel or the xylophone and every note sounds like a singing-drop.

 

Click here to find a Printable PDF file with sheet music and letters and a helping glockenspiel / xylophone color chart.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away – How to Play on the Glockenspiel / Xylophone

 

Ani Kuni

A native American prayer that turned into a rhyme for kids or a lullaby.

 

Click here to find a Printable PDF file with sheet music and letters and a helping glockenspiel / xylophone color chart.

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Ani Kuni – How to Play on the Glockenspiel / Xylophone

 

The Wheels On The Bus

From the lower to the upper C note, and the mallets, like the wheels, go round and round!

 

Click here to find a Printable PDF file with sheet music and letters and a helping glockenspiel / xylophone color chart.

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The Wheels On The Bus – How to Play on the Glockenspiel / Xylophone

 

Finger Family

Six notes for five fingers. Play and sing it one for the right and one for the left hand. Now you have learnt it!

 

Click here to find a Printable PDF file with sheet music and letters and a helping glockenspiel / xylophone color chart.

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Finger Family – How to Play on the Glockenspiel / Xylophone

 

Frère Jacques

If you don’t speak French, just sing “C – D – E – C, C – D – E – C, E – F – G, E – F – G, …” and play the corresponding notes with the two mallets. It is a challenge to sings the song as a round: find one more xylophone, a friend who can play it, decide who starts first and start playing continuously. Isn’t it marvelous?

 

Click here to find a Printable PDF file with sheet music and letters and a helping glockenspiel / xylophone color chart.

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Frère Jacques – How to Play on Glockenspiel / Xylophone

 

Fais Dodo

A French-language lullaby that – as all lullabies – sounds so well on the glockenspiel!

 

Click here to find a Printable PDF file with sheet music and letters and a helping glockenspiel / xylophone color chart.

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Fais Dodo – How to Play on the Glockenspiel / Xylophone

 

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

One more musical round (like Frère Jacques). Exercise alone and then play the song with a friend on the same or a different music instrument.

 

Click here to find a Printable PDF file with sheet music and letters and a helping glockenspiel / xylophone color chart.

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat – How to Play on the Glockenspiel / Xylophone

 

Kookaburra

An Australian nursery rhyme song about a native Australian bird whose loud call sounds are like echoing human laughter. Find which note of the octave C – C’ is missing.

 

Click here to find a Printable PDF file with sheet music and letters and a helping glockenspiel / xylophone color chart.

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Kookaburra – How to Play on the Glockenspiel / Xylophone

 

If You ‘re Happy And You Know It

You are an experienced beginner now!  Let’s try the upper row of notes – the accidentals. Don’t worry, watch the video or click on the link after it and find B♭ on the chart. Everything is easy on this page 🙂

 

Click here to find a Printable PDF file with sheet music and letters and a helping glockenspiel / xylophone color chart.

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If You ‘re Happy And You Know It – How to Play on the Glockenspiel / Xylophone

 

Happy Birthday

Exercise and make the surprise! We suggest starting with the version in F that uses B♭, as the previous song too.

 

Click here to find a Printable PDF file with sheet music and letters and a helping glockenspiel / xylophone color chart.

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Happy Birthday – How to Play on the Glockenspiel / Xylophone

 

You Are My Sunshine

One sharp for the F (F# on the upper row) and you are ready!

 

Click here to find a Printable PDF file with sheet music and letters and a helping glockenspiel / xylophone color chart.

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You Are My Sunshine – How to Play on the Glockenspiel / Xylophone

 

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