Adapted Piano Keyboard

This online piano keyboard was developed for students that do not have an instrument at home, but benefit from adapted notation. Though there are many piano simulators online, this one is designed for students to have a meaningful music experience while developing literacy skills. The adapted notation correlates with the colors on the piano keyboard.

Students can use the the piano as is, or follow the choose from the drop down menu. Each song in the drop down menu shows a measure per slide. Just click to get to the next slide!

If you want to a color coded piano keyboard with multiple octaves, go here!


1. Why are the colors not correlated with the Boomwhacker colors commonly used?

Great question! I find that having adjacent colors that share primary colors, such as reds, can make it harder for my students to differentiate the keys from each other. So, having a yellow and a green next to each other might be confusing because they both have yellow hues in them. In addition, having gradients of the same color, for example blue keys (one dark and one light) is also confusing.  This is simply my observation. Every person is different!

2. Why is there only one octave?

The correlating adapted notation is meant to only be read left to right, on one horizontal plain. Therefor, the colors can only match one key. More specifically, the notation slides were originally devised for my own classroom, which has only so far delved into making music within one octave.

3. How do I read the notation?

You can find an explanation here.

You can also see how to set up your own piano keyboard to match here.

4. I have a question or comment on this that is not addressed here

I'd love to hear it! Please contact me at


I did not create the adapted keyboard! It was simply an idea of mine to aid in the implementation of adapted notation in distance learning. 

Sarah Fard : Notation Pages

The Google Slides with adapted notation were created by Sarah Fard, educational consultant at Berklee Institute for Arts Educaiton and Special Needs and music educator at Medford High School, Medford MA. 

Kirsten Moreau : Adaptation

The color coded piano keyboard you see above was adapted by Kirsten Moreau, owner and data scientist of Redefining Default LLC.


Source code

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