Moonlight Sonata:
How to Play It If You are a Progressing Student

Moonlight Sonata: How to play this difficult piece full of BLACK KEYS?  So hard, but so beautiful!  This is one of those pieces that every serious young player needs to get under their belt at some point.

See what tricks my students have been using for a couple of years now, to thrash their way through the dense thicket of sharps,  triplets, and very low notes which intrepid players encounter as they navigate the original Beethoven Moonlight Sonata first movement!

Number 1: large notes

Beethoven Moonlight Sonata first movement

You can see for yourself how large the notes are! 

Two measures per line ensures that the triplets have "breathing room."  You know how it is when you wish to add comments or marks to your student's music, and before long it's looking cluttered and messy.

Number 2: lots of white space

Beethoven Moonlight Sonata piano pdf

Very clean; the separated notes make them easily discernable.

Number 3: letters in the note heads

If your talented student plays better than they read notes, then this is a good solution for them!

Moonlight Sonata music sheet easy

Instead of struggling at home and making the same note-reading errors over and over, this easy-to-read music can mean the difference between tears of frustration, and joy!

More of the standard notation version

Moonlight Sonata piano 1st movement

More of the AlphaNotes arrangement

Moonlight Sonata piano with letters

Below is one of the trickiest right-hand passages near the beginning of the piece:

Easy Moonlight Sonata sheet music

There is plenty of room for a teacher to add fingering.

The climbing central section of the  Moonlight Sonata sheet music

Moonlight Sonata easy sheet music

These 2 editions, each 9 pages long, are for sale, $5.99 for the two of them.  You have permission to make unlimited copies for your students.


  • So why should you buy this music from me, aside from the fact that music stores on and off-line will charge more for just one copy (not counting postage or sales tax!), while I am only charging $5.99 for the right to print unlimited copies of TWO versions of the Moonlight Sonata original sheet music (for your students only)?

  • It is available immediately as a digital download onto your computer.

  • You don't have to download any new software into your computer in order to download this PDF. I don't know about you, but I hate clogging up my computer with yet another program I didn't know I needed. You just need a version of Adobe Acrobat or another PDF reader, which all computers come with. If you DON'T have Adobe Acrobat or a similar program, then you couldn't download any of my other PDFs either.

  • Write and make notes all over these copies, in red and other colors, without feeling you are spoiling your music for posterity. I dislike messing up my music books, but learning the piece is always the first priority. These printouts will make great working copies.

  • Do you need a letter of permission in order to use this music at a competition? Write me through the Contact Me form, and I will email you a personal letter.

  • I give you permission to make unlimited copies legally. When you need music, you usually need it NOW.  
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Dana Thynes

Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of, and a newer site,

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.