Classical Piano Sheet Music -
In Bite-Size Pieces

Classical piano sheet music  - see what's new!  Hint: Now there are TWO intros to the Moonlight Sonata!

Classical music can seem daunting and unapproachable to young piano students, and even older students!

Check out this growing collection of short excerpts from the piano literature.  They are the foundation of this year's "Note-writing" assignments in my studio. 

A short excerpt from a Sonatina in C major by Haydn

Letting them choose

Simply put, I play 3 or 4 for my students and let them decide what they'd like to take home THIS WEEK.  (Next week or the week after, it will be a different piece!)  The music is different levels.

NO, this page is NOT finished yet!  Lots more music to come.

Allegro Burlesco piano music

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What am I doing with this music?  

I'm handing it out, then my student uses a note-reading guide (if they need it) to write all the notes onto the sheet.  Essentially, it is a worksheet.

Can-Can piano music

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And - DOUBLE THE FUN - they get introduced to some REAL MUSIC!

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Here is the fun and well-known theme of the Pachelbel Canon, below.  Your beginners will have fun with this, playing it week after week and getting FASTER. 

If you wish to accompany them with the chords, they are C, G, Am, Em, F, C, F, G... or go to one of my Canon pages to read it for yourself.

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The following piece can be found in a 2-page version here...

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This is the REAL introduction to Fur Elise... but I'm using quarter notes instead of the regular timing (3/8) so as to encourage students.  

If your students would like to learn THE ENTIRE PIECE with quarter notes, every note written by Beethoven there, go have a look at this page.

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The German Dance below is actually supposed to be in the key of D.  For this purpose - note-writing and working on tucking under the fingers, I re-wrote it in the key of C.  The scale runs and finger replacement spots are good skills to practice in a short song.

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Very easy and obviously arranged for young beginners, this melody has a duet secondo on this page...

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Some "tricky" notes in this little etude by Heller... ledger line notes are a challenge initially:

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The Moldau, below, is a famous and beautiful piece.  

Visit one of my other Moldau pages for a long and full arrangement, or for a beginner version with lyrics.

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Okay, so the Moonlight Sonata below is an ARRANGEMENT, not the real thing. 

Wait - it IS the real thing, but moved down a half step!  Now it is (relatively) easy to play, and still VERY BEAUTIFUL.  Get out the Note-Reading Worksheets for those super low notes:

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One page of the original

What's this? The actual notes from the original Moonlight Sonata - but without the key signature.  

This is a good way to introduce ambitious students to this wonderful composition, and to judge if they are ready for the whole piece!

Sixteenth notes are often confusing to young students.  Prepare them for this series of broken chords and inversions by going through a sheet showing the three main chords in the key of C minor...

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"Solfeggietto" by one of J.S. Bach's sons, Carl Philipp Emanuel, is fun and energetic, even a bit stormy!

Here I have shown just the beginning few measures, with the key signature removed.

An introduction to the keyboard piece

Mozart's "easy sonata" (Sonata facile) in C, is a crowd-pleaser, and sure to please your students.  There are some challenges to reading and playing this 8-measure intro:

  • A clef change in the left hand
  • A trill in the right hand
  • Long scales which involve careful fingering

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Clementi's "little" sonatas, or sonatinas, are pretty fun to play, and spotting the hidden chords and scales is fairly easy detective work for your students.  Aside from the theory aspect, the scale and chord work are important for technique.  

The following excerpt has energy and an engaging melody!

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Now, the theme from Beethoven's 6th symphony, below, is not a piano piece, of course, but it is such a lovely and energetic theme that it is a joy to play!



The links for the classical piano sheet music excerpts:


Moonlight Sonata

Not the original, but ALMOST. One page from the actual piece, moved down one half step.

Moonlight Sonata

The original piece (one page), with the sharps written in.

Prelude in C Minor, by J.S. Bach

"Little Prelude," "Praeludium," or just "Prelude".

Solfeggietto, by C.P.E. Bach

With the key signature removed - but it's still in C minor!

Sonatina by Clementi, Op. 36, No. 3    

Little chord fragments, broken chords, and scale passages make this a useful piece, as well as being very fun to play!




Sonatina in C major by Haydn, sheet music for piano

Sonatina in C by Haydn

This is an adorable little tune, with easy close-in chords.

Beethoven's Sixth Symphony Theme for piano

Symphony No. Six theme, Beethoven 

A very sweet and happy-sounding melody!  Lots of easy chord inversions.








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About the Author

Dana Thynes

Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com, and a newer site, SingTheBibleStory.com.

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.

You can find out more about me and the reason for this website at my About Me page.