What Color Were the Dinosaurs


Ronald Bennett

Elementary Piano Solo

The lyrics of this solo invite the student to imagine what color dinosaurs were. The key of A minor and the "plodding" 8-bar introduction help to set the mood of the piece. Written in 4/4 meter, the melody is found primarily in the right hand, with the left-hand accompaniment featuring blocked fifths and single notes. The use of 8va signs keeps the reading level easy while moving the student to the lower registers of the keyboard, further creating a dinosaur sound and style for the piece.