Playing a Rainbow: Color-Coded Notation for Xylophone

One of my favorite session activities is using color-coded notation to teach children how to play xylophone, piano, and hand bells. Here is a video of two children I see for individual music therapy using color-coded notation to play the xylophone (or as my nephew calls it, the “ex-lophone :)). I didn’t need to give them much instruction for how to play – they got the idea right away!

So what goals are we working on during interventions such as these? For O. (boy) we are working on eye-hand coordination, motor planning, and sustained attention. For D. (girl) we are working on eye-hand coordination, color identification, and color matching. How do YOU use color-coded notation during your sessions?

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Comments (8)

  • Jay

    Hi Amy,

    Just took a look at your site and it looks like you’re doing great work in the sunshine state! I remember playing on the xylophone and a rainbow piano when I was a kid – loved those instruments. Keep up the great work!

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      I remember growing up on those instruments, too! Thanks for your lovely comments!
      Amy :)

  • Vivi

    Where can I buy a xylophone like the one in the video?



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