Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Beginner Piano)


Many beginner pianists are frustrated by too-challenging arrangements of Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. This desperately needed authentic beginner piano arrangement captures the essence of this Nutcracker piece with single-note RH melody accompanied by carefully chosen LH harmonies. Perfect for Christmas and for ballet- and classical-loving beginners, this arrangement helps develop strong note reading (especially smaller intervals and accidentals), staccato playing, lifts, and hand movement.

  • The Single User License has most of the melody written near the top of the Treble Staff. (First 2 page previews.)
  • The Studio License comes with 2 versions:
    1. Single User Licensed version
    2. A second copy with the melody written one octave lower near Middle C, with 8va lines, for the benefit of students who are more familiar with reading this note range. (See final page preview marked “8va”.) Both versions sound the same when played.

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Holiday, Christmas, Classical




E minor (no key signature)


2 (Studio License includes 2 version that are 2 pages each)

Teaching Tools

staccatos, lifts, sharps, natural, hand movement, seconds, thirds, fourths, ledger lines, 8va, 8vb, eighth notes

Largest Interval (for hand span)

Tritones or smaller, with a few larger jumps. Perfect for small hands.


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