Mozart Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Variations Part 1

Request from the U.S. Part 1 (of 4). This part has the Theme, plus Variations I, II.

Natalie Schwamova:

I have two different scores. I used the one with fewer grace notes, and also skipped the repeats.

Jane, a retired university math teacher, started this volunteer project in April 2009. Positive feedback from wonderful viewers worldwide keeps her motivated. Jane is a strong advocate of reading music. She made unconventional sight-reading lessons that simplifies reading music.


  1. Jane, thank you very much for posting this.  Variation #2 has been quite a struggle for me.  I don’t really play the instrument, but I love the music and am trying to learn it on my own.  So seeing this really, really helps!  Nice job and much respect and appreciation!

  2. Hey Jane, thanks so much for this tutorial! The finger positions really helped correct some of my mistakes! I’m trying very hard but I can’t play the fast part of variation 1 🙁 (I’m a beginner) Do you have any tips? The sound comes out weird sometimes when I press the keys fast

    1. You’re welcome Bruce.Playing faster is a matter of building finger muscle memory from repetition. Set the metronome to the slow tempo where you manage fine, upon each repeat increase the speed a tiny bit. so little that you hardly notice any difference. Sooner or later you will reach tempo and play evenly without rushing. And to save practice time, just do the parts that give you trouble.

    1. You should make more videos like this I am a self taught piano and guitar player and I enjoy playing piano and learning new pieces this is really helpful to me and again thank you.

  3. It was song written much earlier it says, “The French melody first appeared in 1761” but as for who by not known? Song seems to me to have two levels of understanding first that it’s not fair to expect child to reason like an adult. The other is simply about sweets. I like this type investigation Jane: I have an old hand written copy of “The Gypsy’s Warning” Composed by Henry A. Coard, that is on You Tube. It may be oldest copy in existance.

  4. Hello darling! thanks for your work! i´ll try to get through it in the future but now i´m just studying scales and arpeggios as i started with the piano (on my own) only around 5 months ago.I´m also practicing some Hanon´s exercises. Would you recommend to start with this part 1 or you think is a bit too early? sometimes i get tired of playing scales and i wonder if i should be doing some other things like learning easy songs and chords! thanx again!

    1. +Licenciado en Sentido Común Hi back 🙂 Yes, we simultaneously learn pieces along with the exercises. Vary composers to learn different styles. Gradually advance in difficulty level, paying attention to touch, dynamics, and feelings. Have fun and best of luck!

  5. Hello Jane, I’ve just finished 2 variations, thank you so much for the tutorial, it looks quite easy, what grade is the whole piece? Is it around grade 5? Because some variations look sort of complicated 🙁

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