Color-Coded Beginner Piano Sheet Music

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The other day, Jacob was jamming away on his toy piano singing ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ – eyes closed, head bopping, slamming random keys on the key board…  I loved the enthusiasm and figured the boys are probably old enough to start reading beginner sheet music, so I decided to put together a few songs for them.

I am by no means a musician, but I did play piano back in the day and remembered some of the basics. I wanted to keep it simple with what I feel is a reasonable goal for toddlers and preschoolers: Find Middle C and play a simple song with one finger (not at all insisting on proper finger placement). I’m not trying to raise Mozart – I just want them to have fun and become comfortable with the basics of sheet music while doing so.

We have a Fischer-Price electronic keyboard that has color coding to the keys, so I decided to coordinate with that…. I cut little squares from Color Coding Dot Labels, and labeled them with the appropriate letters for keys C-A. I also labeled one key with a black outlined orange, for one of the notes needed in ‘You Are My Sunshine’. If you don’t have Dot Labels, simply coloring a white part of sticker paper with a marker works just as well (which is what I did for yellow).

I then created color-coded sheet music for a few of their favorite songs…

twinkle-little-star

you-are-my-sunshine

mary-had-a-little-lamb

baa-baa-black-sheep

CLICK on above sheet music to download pdf printable. Related: Star Wars The Imperial March Beginner Piano Sheet Music

As simple as that, and they now understand the concept of reading and playing music on the piano. With or without an accurate rhythm on the keyboard, watching their faces and sense of accomplishment after completing a song is absolutely priceless!

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Related: Star Wars The Imperial March Beginner Piano Sheet Music

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11 thoughts on “Color-Coded Beginner Piano Sheet Music

  1. Pingback: The Imperial March Beginner Piano Sheet Music | Projects In Parenting

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am about to start teaching a friend’s 3-year-old daughter and was going to do this exact thing – you just saved me some of the work. 🙂 I’ve been surprised that I haven’t been able to find any books using this concept.

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  3. Thank you so much! My nearly 3 yr old won’t let me practice violin or piano, because SHE wants to practice. This means she can play one piano, and I can play the other, and she’ll have her own laminated music in front of her. Greatly appreciated!!! 🙂

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  4. Great idea/article – Thank you!
    Do you mind sharing some info on the piano we see in the pictures – brand, pro’s/cons of it?

    Thanks again,
    Chris

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    • Thank you!… My boys received the Fisher-Price Music Play-Along Keyboard as a gift from their grandparents. The stand and stool have been well used, and definitely appreciated features. Could be considered a little flimsy, but expected with the price point and we’ve never had any problems with it. They also have enjoyed the demo button, which plays a good collection of classic kid songs that they sing along to… While the keyboard has been great since the boys turned 3, I can see them outgrowing it in a year or so (they are 5 now). But as I mentioned – well used. With three kids, worth every penny in my opinion…. I’m not sure how it compares with any other “kid keyboards”, but I’d image they are all similar – with the expectation that an upgrade is needed as they get older/advance.

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  5. Hi! Would you be willing to share how you created your piano sheet music? My son LOVES these songs but really wants some others: Old MacDonald, etc. I’d love to make my own but have no idea where to start. Yours are so easy to read!
    Thanks

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  6. This is perfect for our 4 year old son wanting to learn to play piano! We’ve started something similar to this, but like your song choices, esp the Star Wars one, he will love that. Thanks for providing this for free as well!! Would you also happen to have a template of a blank music sheet so that we can make a few more songs we might know? Thanks!

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