Introducing the use of the fourth finger to six-year-old student M today found us talking about tone colors. We observed how while the open E and the fourth finger E are the same note, the sound is slightly different. I demonstrated the open E sound and suggested that if it were a color it might be a bright yellow, to which M agreed. When I played the fourth finger E, she quickly blurted out, "That's a mustard yellow!"
A beginner who not only hears nuances in tone but also thinks outside the primary color scheme? M, you made my day.