Dance of the Monarch Butterflies

Dance of the Monarch Butterflies is a cheerful soundscape for your teen and adult beginner piano students. Perfect for a “sounds harder than it is” Spring recital piece.

For more savings, click here to get “The First Spring – Soundscapes” collection.

Studio Use Licence – All pieces come with a studio licence.  Buy once and use with your direct students for years to come!


Dance of the Monarch Butterflies Description:

  • Level: Early Elementary (rote), Elementary (reading)
  • Pages: 5 pages, 2 pages of music, cover included
  • Format: Instant PDF download
  • Studio Licence Bonus: Cover art, “make it your own” suggestions for students
  • Collections: The First Spring – Soundscapes

Dance of the Monarch Butterflies is a cheerful soundscape for your teen and adult beginner piano students.  Explore chord bridges as the butterflies flit through the air.

The mood moves from cheerful playful eighth notes to peaceful, relaxing chord bridges.   Perfect for your Spring recital!

Dance of the Monarch Butterflies Level:

“Dance of the Monarch Butterflies” is an early elementary (rote) through elementary (reading) piano solo.  This piece uses clever movement to have students move through two octaves in the right hand.

  • Mode: F Major (accidentals)
  • Time Signature: 3/4
  • Concepts: 8va, chord bridges, flats, tied notes, hand position changes, ritardando, fermata

Both starting and hand position finger numbers are included.  Hand position changes allow your student extra time to move without stress.

The B flat is written as an accidental throughout.

A few ledger line notes are alpha notes (letter name within the notehead).  Intervallic reading or rote teaching make these very approachable for your students as they move in steps or skips.  These alpha notes only appear the first time a student sees the note in the music.

Barred eighth notes (smallest note) are alternating note patterns so your student can keep loose wrist movement with the quicker notes.  Tied notes include both hands playing a chord bridge at the same time.  Your students can learn these by rote and have extra time to move to the next chord in the progression.

Dance of the Monarch Butterflies Bonus:

All sheet music comes with original cover art.  “Dance of the Monarch Butterflies” comes with “make it your own” suggestions for students to experiment with developing their own voice.

More About “The First Spring – Soundscape” Collection:

“Dance of the Monarch Butterflies” is part of “The First Spring – Soundscape” collection that celebrates teen and adult beginners.  Harmonies are simplified to create a complex soundscape without the need for more advanced techniques.  These are all great level-appropriate Spring recital pieces that are sure to be a hit with your students and the audience alike.

Pieces found in “The First Spring – Soundscapes” collection are:

  • Daffodils Peeking From the Snow: A shy, yet sweet peek at the earliest flower of Spring explores broken chords in 3/4 time.
  • Light Reflecting off Raindrops: An ethereal, peaceful piece in 4/4 time inspired by “The Raindrop Prelude” and creates a moment outside of time.
  • May I Have This Dance?: A hope filled, emotional piece in 4/4 time with either hand able to take lead in voicing at any point, creating a highly personalized interpretation.
  • Dance of the Monarch Butterflies: Cheerful and peaceful glimpse at butterflies dancing in the sky. The 3/4 time signature is perfect for early introduction to barred eighth rhythm patterns.

What is a studio licence?

When you purchase “Dance of the Monarch Butterflies” you get a studio-licence PDF of the piece.  This piece is sent digitally via an email receipt.  If you have a multi-teacher studio, please contact Rosemarie directly for additional licences.  Thanks!

A studio licence is a great way to stretch your studio repertoire budget.  Purchase music once and use it for years (even decades) with students you directly teach!  For online teachers, if you share the piece during online lessons, students must print immediately and not retain an electronic copy of the piece.

For more information on your studio licence, check out the Terms and Conditions page.

If you purchase a collection you will need a program to open zip files to access all pieces within the collection.

Should I print all pages for students?

Yes!  Each page is designed with students in mind.

  • Cover art
  • Description, tips for students to make it their own, terms of use
  • Music
  • Other music to inspire your students.

Students love a bit of cover art since it can help them get into the mood and story of a piece.   I’ve included ways to adapt or play with the music so students become part of the creative process.

The terms of use are there to educate students and their families about copyright law.  We know, but they may not realize what they are innocently doing may cause you to lose your studio licence.

Lastly, having other pieces at a similar level can keep students excited about what the next song in their musical journey can be!


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