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Kid’s Piano Songs On The White Keys

Kids Piano Songs on the White Keys

There’s a simple reason why kid’s piano songs are on the white keys at the beginning. The black keys seem mysterious to a child, while the white keys are at least a nice, continuous stairway.  The white keys are uniformly 3/4 inch wide, but the black keys are narrower and have an uneven pattern of 3 / 2 / 3 / 2 /  -- that is confusing to kids.

There are certain kid’s songs that are timeless favorites, depending on age. The youngest kids may not recognize popular favorites like Star Wars and Disney-type tunes. They will be more familiar with nursery songs like Twinkle, Twinkle and things like the Star Spangled Banner. It depends on what their parents let them view and listen to. Older kids have wider exposure. 

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I have parents who have yet to introduce Star Wars to six year olds, and others who play Super Freak (Rick James) and let the kids listen, and watch Jaws with their 7 year-old. The kid’s songs that are best for early piano lessons are recognizable songs that can be played on the white keys alone.

Start With The White Keys

This is because it is too confusing at first to deal with the black keys. This is especially true of younger kids. In addition, it is best to use songs that have mostly adjacent keys, and avoid skips. Songs on the white keys of the piano in this category might be:

Jingle Bells

 Twinkle Twinkle

Try a song on our online piano:

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

| 5 6 * 5 | 3 * 8 * | 6 * 5 * |

| 5 6 5 6 | 5 * 8 | 7 * * * |


Songs On The White Keys

Whether or not they play with fingering is optional. It would be best if they can manage to organize their fingers. Many familiar songs can be done on white keys only: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, We’re Off to See The Wizard, Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star 

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star is perhaps the most familiar, after Jingle Bells, for kids starting out at the piano. You’d be surprised to see how delighted a child is to be able to play a familiar song like this one!   



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