Easy Piano Songs for Kids With Letters

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The prime motivation for substituting letters for notes is to make playing piano music easier for kids. And there’s no doubt that reading piano music can often be too difficult for younger kids. So here’s a collection of songs for your kids presented in letters rather than notes.

It’s easiest to start with songs that have a lot of adjacent notes, rather than many skips and jumps.

MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB:

E D C D E E E D D D E G G

E D C D E E E E D D E D C

JINGLE BELLS

E E E E E E E G C D E

F F F F F E E E E D D E D G

E E E E E E E G C D E

F F F F F E E E E G G F D C

FRERE JACQUES

C D E C C D E C E F G E F G

G A G F E C G A G F E C C G C C G C

In any case you’ll have to put stickers or some device on the keys to give kids a visual reference point.

Kids often respond more quickly to songs expressed in numbers rather than letters.

Here are the same songs in numbers:

MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB

3 2 1 2 3 3 3 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 2 1 2 3 3 3 3 2 2 3 2 1

JINGLE BELLS

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 1 2 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 3 2 5

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 1 2 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 5 5 4 2 1

FRERE JACQUES

1 2 3 1 1 2 3 1 3 4 5 3 4 5 5 6 5 4 3 1 5 6 5 4 3 1 1 5 1 1 5 1

In any case your instincts are correct: don’t let kids get bogged down in reading music, but rather get them of to a fast start at the piano by substituting numbers or letters for musical notes.

Reading music is very frustrating for kids, especially at the beginning when they are eager for a fun experience.

Once you have interested them in the piano, there is ample time to slowly introduce them to the minutiae of sheet music.

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Source by John Aschenbrenner