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Learning to play the Piano – Color coded Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Grand Staff and Notes

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star color coded piano sheet music

My little one has the desire to play Let It Go from the movie Frozen. As with anything, you must walk before you run which she is learning. While she will sit for hours with youtube videos teaching how to play Let It Go, she clearly is struggling and getting frustrated. It is her choice, not mine. To help her out and prevent frustration to the point of giving up, I am encouraging her to play some songs for her sister. I have added Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to the mix. It is really fascinating to see how, within a month, she is playing with both hands and even figuring out chords without any formal lessons. In a year, if she is still showing interest and progress, we will hire a professional piano instructor. For now, I am enjoying learning how to play music and reading sheet music too!

Color Coded Piano Grand Staff Color Coded Grand Staff Piano Keys Notes


Learning the Piano with Lego Duplos and Color Coded Keys

Lego Duplo Music Sheets – Legal Sized Paper – Free Printable Download Template

Color Coded Piano Keyboard Keys

Color Coded Clear Contact PaperColor Coding the Piano Keys to match her Lego Duplos was easy! Using Duck Brand clear contact paper and sharpie markers, I marked up the paper in stripes. Then, I applied another piece of clear contact paper to the top. This prevents direct contact to the permanent ink thus no rubbing or fading. I cut them 3cm long and applied to the keys. I wrote the notes using a dry erase marker.

Lego Duplos Color coded to Piano KeysTo learn that the keyboard goes low to high, left to right, she built a Lego Duplo tower to match the printable. She wrote the notes onto the Lego Duplos using a dry erase marker.

Since she was still showing interest, she color coded a Piano keyboard diagram and circled the notes in matching colors. Lastly, she color coded blank sheet music and wrote their note letters accordingly. The white space was colored using a squiggly line signifying that it should not really have a line there.Keyboard to Sheet Music Association

Lastly, well actually it was the first thing I did, was gave her the color coded sheet music of Happy Birthday. I think it is C-Scale.

This pretty much wraps up my knowledge of playing a piano and sheet music! Luckily, my DH knows how. For now, my little one is happy with her color coded sheet music. She practices each song with one hand then the other. She already wants the “real” sheets, i.e. the music sheets for playing with both hands.