If you’re looking for some easy piano songs to get your kids started, then this is the guide for you!
You’re probably already familiar with the most popular nursery rhymes, so learning to play them on a piano shouldn’t be difficult. Let’s get right into it!
1. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
One of the most loved nursery rhymes, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” features a five-finger range and involves easy repetition, making it a perfect choice for beginners.
All you need to play the song correctly are the C, D, E, F, G, and A keys, and only the first three keys are used for the first sentence of the song. If you sing the rhyme as you play the piano, you will understand the key sounds and the rhythm more clearly!
2. Itsy Bitsy Spider
“ Itsy Bitsy Spider” is another simple nursery rhyme that uses repetition, so you don’t need to worry about learning complicated keys.
The keys include G, C, D, E, and F. They are only played with your right hand, and you use all five fingers. To begin, place your thumb in middle C and proceed slowly. If your children have a xylophone, you can make them practice “Itsy Bitsy Spider” on it as you practice yours on a piano!
3. Old MacDonald
“Old MacDonald” might not be as short and concise as “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” but it is not hard to learn at all. In fact, it is one of the few poems that can be modified every time they are sung without losing their charm.
The piano keys used in this song are F, G, A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. The middle C key is the one that is used the most in the melody, and you will have to place both your thumbs on it to play it more easily.
4. Happy Birthday To You
Happy birthday songs hold special significance, and nothing beats parents playing these tunes on their children’s birthday themselves.
The keys used in this piano song are F, G, A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. You should place both thumbs on middle C to begin the melody, as it is the most used key in this song. Try practicing the melody one line at a time, note by note, and singing the notes as you play them to develop a better grasp of the melody.
5. Baby Shark
“Baby Shark” is another fun song to which toddlers love to dance. Similar to the other songs we mentioned above, this song has an intermediate difficulty level and involves lots of repetition. The note range involves six semitones.
Baby shark is written in the G major key, and to play this song, you will be using the D, E, and G keys. You must pay attention to the right-hand pattern as it repeats throughout the song.
6. Row Row Row Your Boat
A song such as “Row Row Row Your Boat” is ideal for beginners, as it allows you to utilize your right hand in the five-finger position throughout the song.
You will use your right hand for the C, D, E, F, and G keys while the left hand for C, B, A, G, and F. Start by placing the first finger of your right hand on the middle C and the first finger of your left hand on the G key.
7. Jingle Bells
Christmas favorite “Jingle Bells” is simple to practice on a piano. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll never be able to stop yourself from playing it every year.
This melody features a five-note range and repetitive patterns, so don’t have to worry about spending days mastering it. To play the melody with your right hand, use the middle C, D, E, F, and G keys. If you want to try it using your left hand, you will need to play the C, E, and G keys together.
8. Mary Had a Little Lamb
“Mary Had a Little Lamb” is incredibly popular with kids, and its melody is very simple to play, so you can easily learn it for them and even teach them how to play it too!
The song can be played using a single hand and features four different keys—middle C, D, E, and G. Since all these notes are next to each other, you don’t have to move your hand around.
9. If You’re Happy and You Know It
I remember this song making me want to dance in my classroom, and perhaps your children will share in my enthusiasm too.
This melody features the F major key and can be played with a single hand. However, you might not find it as slow as the ones we mentioned above. Start by placing your thumb on middle C. The other keys you will use are D, E, F, and G.
10. The Wheels on the Bus
The last piano song on our list is “The Wheels on the Bus.”
For this song, you will be using both hands to play the melody. The keys for the right hand include middle C, D, E, F, and G, and for the left hand, you will be using E, F, G, A, and B.
Playing nursery rhymes on a piano for your kids is a positive activity that can both engage and entertain them.
Now that we have reached the end of our guide on 10 easy piano songs for kids, we can only hope you gained a greater understanding by watching the videos and reading our article.
Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section below if you notice any other rhymes we should include!