Sheet Music

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy for Early Beginner Piano

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is one of the most famous music selections from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet.

However, the incredibly beautiful Nutcracker Suite is intricate, complex, and difficult to simplify. Often, a so-called beginner piano arrangement of Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is better described as late beginner to early intermediate. 

With years of experience making countless simplified piano arrangements, I've made for you a brand-new Nutcracker Christmas arrangement for easy piano.

This Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy beginner piano version hits the sweet spot (pun intended) with the perfect amount of level-appropriate musical complexity for a Nutcracker arrangement for early to mid beginner piano. Look and listen below:

Sheet Music Price

Single User License

Studio License



Sheet Music Specs


Key / Tonal Center

Finger Numbers


Hand Size


(Early to Mid Beginner)

E minor

(no key signature; includes sharps and naturals as accidentals)



(requires hand movement)


(no harmonic intervals; largest slurred melodic interval is a tritone)

Teaching Tools

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Educational elements you will find in this beginner piano Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy arrangement:

  • Hand movement
  • Staccatos
  • Lifts / slur-staccatos
  • Accidentals (sharps and naturals)
  • Intervals (2nds, 3rds, 4ths)
  • Ledger lines (Bass clef Middle CDE only)
  • 8va (in Studio license only)
  • 8vb (in both Single User License and Studio License)
  • Eighth notes
  • Dynamics (one piano marking only)

Studio Licensed Option for Teachers

If you are a piano teacher, you can get the Studio Licensed version for just $9.99 and share it with any of your own students. Pay once, use as many times as you need!

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Studio License piano music comes with 2 versions:

Both versions sound the same when played.

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