Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star for beginner piano and late elementary piano students.  Starting with a plain melody on middle C, your students can add left hand chords.

And the first arrangement of Twinkle, with chord symbols... 

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star free sheet music for piano beginners, just the right hand in the key of C

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Multiple arrangements of Twinkle

Look down the page for SIX versions, from super-easy (music with letters!) to a broken chord left hand accompaniment.

 Here is a rather sweet video of this nursery song by "Super Simple Songs":

The next arrangement is the same as the first one, above, but I added fingering in line one to show how finger replacement can work to make the reach up to "a" smooth:

Finger replacement fingering in Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, for beginning piano.  Just the melody line, with no chord symbols.

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In spite of the fingering I have placed in the music - the five to four and four to five - your student is most likely to COMPLETELY IGNORE those helpful suggestions and just play "1 - 1 - 5 - 5 - 5 - 5 - 5..."  or something like that!  

It's up to you, the teacher, to ingrain the finger replacement technique into your student AT SOME POINT; is now the time?  

Is finger replacement necessary in Twinkle?

In their method books, they may not encounter this skill for a while, but in this song, it is easy to understand and imitate, if you take them through the process every week until they GET IT.

But... it depends on you and what you think is most beneficial at this stage of your student's learning.  Perhaps just reading the notes and adding left hand chords in the coming weeks will be accomplishment enough!  

Finger replacement is actually a difficult and advanced technique, though eventually we hope that it will become second nature to our piano students.

Different approaches to chords

What's the easiest way for beginners to start with chords?

Probably just a single note in the left hand.  I tell students this is like playing a bass guitar part.  Using the sheet with chord symbols, I have them use their "pointer" finger - left hand! - to play each chord symbol key.  (After that makes sense, have them try the chords with fingers 5, 2, & 1.)

C - F - C - F - C - G7 - C...

Yikes - what about G7?  Tell them it is the same as G, for now.  

Keep the hands separate, like a duet

I suggest not rushing to put hands together, unless they are eager to try it.

What about fuller chords?

The following arrangement of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star shows how chords can be added to this song:

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with chords in the left hand

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Starting with a triad C chord is always an easy way to begin with the left hand... if you have started your pianists with easy chord inversions, this left hand accompaniment will be a snap for them!

A "little F" chord just requires the thumb to stretch to an "a", and the G7 chord can be a "pinch" - "g" and "f" side-by-side.  

See the version AFTER the one below, to see the chords spelled out in the bass staff.

A pretty arrangement

Following is a broken chord version of this little song that is very pretty.  

I set it high (good practice for your late elementary/ early intermediate students, to read the left hand in treble clef!) where it has a delicate sound:

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with broken chords, very pretty!  Download it free for your intermediate students.

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Transposing this arrangement is excellent practice for your late intermediate students who need to firm up their chord inversions in all keys.  

Actually, transposing ANY of the arrangements on this page would be useful, but this one with the broken chords is very pleasant to play!

Easy versions to read, with letters in the note heads

Here are the VERY EASIEST approaches to Twinkle Twinkle, below; a version entirely composed of music notes with letters inside, and a "helper" version that has only a few lettered music notes.  

Here is what the Helper version looks like:

Twinkle Twinkle free piano sheet music with music notes with letters inside


Download links for the plain melody:



Download children's song "Twinkle Twinkle" for beginner piano students



Download Twinkle melody with fingering



Download links for melody plus left hand, and fancier Twinkle:



Download Twinkle with left hand chords and notes spelled out in the bass



Download broken chord arrangement, with high melody



Download Twinkle with letters in the notes, two versions:



Download Twinkle Twinkle sheet music with lettered notes (not shown)



Download Twinkle music with only a FEW notes with letters inside




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Dana Thynes

Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com, and a newer site, SingTheBibleStory.com.

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.

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