With piano teachers on the hunt for the perfect piece for their students for this years Christmas recital, I thought I would post a few links to easy-intermediate sheet music from the Nutcracker. Trepak is a great choice for younger students. The rest will require a few years of prior experience to master them in time for the recital.

Nutcracker Sheet Music

Trepak or Easy Piano Solo

Arabian Dance (Nutcracker) for Intermediate Piano Solo

March from the Nutcracker for Intermediate Piano Solo

Waltz of the Flowers for Intermediate Piano Solo

Waltz of the Flowers for Advanced Piano Solo

Chinese Dance or Intermediate Piano Solo

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker) for Intermediate Piano Solo

About Tchaikovsky
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky often anglicised as Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was a Russian composer whose works included symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, chamber music, and a choral setting of the Russian Orthodox Divine Liturgy. Some of these are among the most popular theatrical music in the classical repertoire. He was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally, which he bolstered with appearances as a guest conductor later in his career in Europe and the United States. One of these appearances was at the inaugural concert of Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1891. Tchaikovsky was honored in 1884 by Emperor Alexander III, and awarded a lifetime pension in the late 1880s.

Read more at Wikipedia.org

Are you planning your Christmas recital yet? It’s almost time to start thinking about what pieces you might like to play this year. Below is a list of pieces for piano solo or duet, grouped by level of difficulty. I’ve also included a set of lead sheets for students who are learning to create chord arrangements.

Very Easy Level (Great for first or second year students)

Good King Wenceslas for Piano Solo/Traditional
Jingle Bells for Piano Solo by James Lord Pierpont
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas for Piano Solo/Traditional
We Three Kings for Piano Solo/Traditional
Up on the Housetop for Piano Solo/Traditional

Easy Level (Great for second or third year students)

Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful) for Piano Solo by Wade
Away in a Manger for Piano Solo by Murray
The Holly and the Ivy for Piano Solo | Traditional
Jingle Bells Boogie for Piano Solo
Silent Night for Piano Solo by F Gruber
We Wish You A Merry Christmas for Piano Solo | Traditional
What Child is This? for Piano Solo | Traditional

Intermediate Level (Great for third+ year students)

Carol of the Bells for Piano Solo by M. D. Leontovych
Deck the Halls for Piano Solo | Traditional
Jeannette, Isabella for Piano Solo | Traditional
O Christmas Tree for Piano Solo (Peanuts)
He is Born, the Divine Christ Child for Piano Duet – Traditional

Intermediate Level Duets

He is Born, the Divine Christ Child for Piano Solo | French
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot for Piano Solo | Spiritual

Sheet Music (Lead sheets with only melodies, lyrics and chords)

Adeste Fideles
Angel We Have Heard on High
Away in a Manger
Carol of the Birds
Deck the Halls
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Christmas Tree

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Browse other “The Piano Student” posts:
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Level 1/Easy Piano Solos
Level 2/Easy Piano Solos
Level 3/ Intermediate Piano Solos
Level 4/ Intermediate Piano Solos
Level 5/ Intermediate Piano Solos

Here’s a  collection of several pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach for easy and intermediate piano solo. The first two are for first year piano students. The rest are best suited for intermediate students.

Free Sheet Music for Easy Piano

Minuet in G for Piano Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Musette in D for Piano Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach

Free Sheet Music for Intermediate Piano

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for Piano Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Minuet in G for Piano Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Minuet in G Minor for Piano Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Musette in D for Piano Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach

Fantasia, Disney’s animated masterpiece, is one of the most popular films of all time. The music for Fantasia was recorded under the direction of Leopold Stokowski, features the music of some of our greatest composers, and is performed largely by the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Many of the scores from this classic film are available to print for easy and intermediate piano.

Free Printable Sheet Music

Trepak (Nutcracker) for Easy/Level 2 Piano Solo
Arabian Dance (Nutcracker) for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Dance of the Hours for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker) for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Chinese Dance (Nutcracker) for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Dance of the Reeds (Nutcracker) for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
March (Nutcracker) for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Night on Bald Mountain for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Waltz of the Flowers (Nutcracker) for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo

All arrangements are available for you to print and enjoy in high quality PDF format.

Read More About the Composers

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky was born in 1840 in present-day Udmurtia, Russia. His father was a Ukrainian mining engineer. Peter began piano lessons at the age of five, and within three years he could read music as well as his teacher. Read more…

Modest Mussorgsky was born on March 9, 1839, in Karevo, a village near St. Petersburg, Russia. At six years old Modest began piano lessons with his mother, who encouraged his early efforts at composition. At the age of ten, Modest and his brother were taken to St. Petersburg to study piano at the elite Peterschule. Three years later Modest entered the Cadet School of the Guards. Music remained important to him, and at his father’s expense he published his first piece, Porte Enseigne Polka for the piano. Read more…

Johann Sebastian Bach, one of the greatest music composers of all time, is the focus of this collection of free music lesson plans and resources for homeschooling kids. All of these resources are easy to teach, and require little or no preparation.
Johann Sebastian Bach Biographies
Hey Kids, Meet Johann Sebastian Bach – “Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany in 1685. As a child, Bach’s father taught him to play violin and harpsichord. His uncles were all musicians, serving as church organists and court chamber musicians. One of his uncles, Johann Christoph Bach, introduced him to the art of organ playing.”
Johann Sebastian Bach: Bio – Bach once had to spend a month in jail because he tried to quit his job composing and playing for a duke. During that month in jail, he wrote forty-six pieces of music, many of which are still performed today.
Johann Sebastian Bach Word Search Worksheet Review what your kids have learned with a free printable word search worksheet. This worksheet is designed to enhance your child’s reading skills as well as drill facts about Bach.
Johann Sebastian Bach Coloring Page Print this free printable coloring page and grab your crayons. This is a great chance to share a few of Bach’s classics. If you don’t have any recordings around the house, you can play a few YouTube videos. Recommended recordings include Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, and Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor.
Johann Sebastian Bach Audio Program Listen to the Classics for Kids Audio Program as your kids complete a word search or coloring page. There are 4 programs, including 1) About Johann Sebastian Bach, 2) The Sons of Johann Sebastian Bach, 3) What’s a Concerto?, 4) The Story of the Brandenburg Concertos.
Free Sheet Music for Johann Sebastian Bach
Give your kids a chance to experience Bach’s music first hand. The arrangements range in difficulty from very easy to intermediate/advanced.
Minuet in G for Level 1 Piano Solo
Musette in D for Level 1 Piano Solo
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for Level 2 Piano
Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor: Introduction for Level 2 Piano
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for Level 5 Piano Solo
Minuet in G for Level 5 Piano Solo
Minuet in G Minor for Level 5 Piano Solo
Musette in D for Level 5 Piano Solo
Prelude and Fugue from the Well Tempered Clavier for Intermediate/Advanced Piano Solo

Rock n’ Roll has delivered to us a long list of one hit wonders, but how about the those classical music composers? Who are they, and what have they done to contribute to the world of music.

Johannes Pachelbel | Canon in D
Our first composer in our hit parade in Johannes Pachelbel (1653-1706). This German Baroque period composer only gave us one great hit, but what a hit it is. Canon in D was originally scored for three violins and basso continuo, and was paired with a gigue. It was forgotten for centuries, and then reemerged in the 20th century. It surged in popularity when it appeared in the feature film Ordinary People, and has become a favorite at weddings.

Johannes Pachelbel’s score has since been published in many different arrangements. Here are a few of the arrangements available on the internet:

Free Sheet Music for Piano | Canon in D
Canon in D for Easy Piano Solo by Johann Pachelbel
Canon in D for Advanced Piano Solo by Johann Pachelbel
Canon in D for Intermediate Flute Solo by Johann Pachelbel

Albert Ellmenreich | Spinning Song
Our next composer in our hit parade is Albert Ellmenreich (1816-1905). Albert Ellmenreich was a German born actor, director and writer. He spent more than 50 years on the stage, though did find a moment to draft a song that enjoys tremendous popularity with junior high students.

Spinning Song was originally written for piano, and is available as a free printable piano score for easy and intermediate piano.

Free Sheet Music | Spinning Song
Spinning Song for Easy Piano by Albert Ellmenreich
Spinning Song for Intermediate Piano by Albert Ellmenreich

Jean-Joseph Mouret | Rondeau
Our last one hit wonder is Jean-Joseph Mouret (1682-1738). This French born composer struck gold when his Rondeau from “Symphonies and Fanfares for the King’s Supper” became the theme music for pubic television’s Masterpiece Theater in 1971. He missed seeing the incredible success of his work by 233 years, but many of us are grateful for his contribution. This work, like Canon in D, has become a favorite at weddings.

Rondeau is available for several different instruments including piano, clarinet, trumpet, violin and harp.

Free Sheet Music | Rondeau
Rondeau for Easy Piano Solo
Rondeau for Easy Clarinet Solo
Rondeau for Easy Trumpet Solo
Rondeau for Easy Violin Solo
Rondeau for Easy Harp Solo

A new iPad app from MakingMusicFun.net just hit the Apple app store – Meet Beethoven. The app is colorful, well planned and looks to be loads of fun for your kids. I’ve included the description below. If you’re interested in downloading the app, just click on the image or the link below to head to the Apple app store.

Get Meet Beethoven iPad App

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Description
“Meet Beethoven” from MakingMusicFun.net, is an elementary music education resource designed to send your child’s excitement about music and learning into overdrive! Right from the beginning, “MB” draws kids in with vibrant images and content that they’ll be excited to share with family and friends. Then, “MB” turns your kids into active learners, starting with an interactive game that drills the keywords they read in the introductory materials. At the core of the app, “MB” provides for a hand-on music making experience, by providing sheet music with interactive music learning tools for a variety of music instruments. In classic MakingMusicFun.net style, “MB” wraps things up with a wacky quiz called, “Pizza for Beethoven”. Answer enough questions correctly, and Beethoven gets a pizza for dinner. Miss too many questions, and Beethoven goes to bed hungry.

APP FEATURES
Biography
Photo Gallery
Timeline
Double Puzzle Word Scramble
Pizza for Beethoven Quiz (Cute, an awesome wrap-up for everything kids learn about in in the app.)

SHEET MUSIC INCLUDED
Ode to Joy (For Easy Piano, Recorder, Band and Orchestra Instruments)
Beethoven’s Fifth (For Easy Piano)
Fur Elise (For Piano)

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