Beginner Piano Sheet Music for Kids
Beginner piano sheet music for kids usually consists of exercise pieces which are neither recognizable nor fun. These pieces are created to illustrate an abstract musical concept, not interest a child in the piano. A far better strategy is to select familiar songs the child knows, and then find a simple musical language to use.
Some methods use symbol stickers such as animals or colors as a beginner piano language. The reason for this is that sheet music is very hard for young beginners to understand. In fact, it is the leading cause of kids quitting the piano.
Numbers Are A Child's Second Language
What we recommend is using numbers, since the basis of all musical construction is mathematical. In addition, all kids above the age of three understand numbers, making it an easy way to start. We number the keys as in the drawing below.
Start With The White Keys
The easiest way to start kids at the piano is to use songs on the white keys. Kids find the white keys a readily understandable stairway with evenly spaced "stairs" (keys.)
Here are the songs kids recognize and will readily play on a numbered keyboard:
Try a few of these songs on the online piano below.
| 3 3 3 * | 3 3 3 * | 3 5 1 2 | 3 * * * |
You Are My Sunshine
| * 1 1 2 | 3 * 3 * | * 3 2 3 | 1 * 1 * |
| 1 1 5 5 | 6 6 5 * | 4 4 3 3 | 2 2 1 * |
Introduce Sheet Music Slowly
Once a child has started many songs via numbers, it is easy to slowly introduce the elements of sheet music. Starting with numbers and then later reading music is a proven success for kids. The transition from numbers to notes is easy once the child is interested in the piano.
Starting with sheet music is usually a recipe for disaster. The child, whose brain is not ready for such complexity, becomes frustrated and may quit because the piano has been made into a difficult exercise Far better to start at the child's level. There will be time enough to explore sheet music once the child is interested and excited in the piano.