Nutcracker music "Russian Dance" will perk up the ears of any young dancer who has participated in the Nutcracker ballet.
This sheet music is short, but it is a satisfying arrangement!
Please scroll down the page for the download links.
Is this Nutcracker music easy?
Well... not particularly. It moves VERY FAST, and involves a few jumps in the right hand.
However, just look at the left hand. Aside from one short migration away from a G chord/scale position, the notes are all nicely settled in that 5-note scale area.
And after the acrobatics of the first three measures, the right hand also settles into a "G position" and stays there.
A video from 2009
Though the video quality is sub-par, the dancing is superb, and the music is FAST with excellent energy. This was my favorite of the videos I found!
This piece has a simple construction
At least, this page, which is only part of the larger composition, has a nice, predictable layout. A B A B. Look at the second half:
Different fingering is possible
Though the fingering I have placed is sensible, I found I couldn't get the speed I wanted when using finger 5 at the top of the little runs that begin measures one and nine. Instead, I ended up using 1-2-3-4! to put energy into the first measure. Your students will have to experiment.
What's different between the top & bottom of the page?
Only the final measure is different.
I did not put repeat dots at the bottom of the page, but I should have. When you listen to a video recording of The Nutcracker, you will see that the music of this page (A B A B) is repeated! Altogether, the form is A B A B A B A B.
The link to the sheet music:
Download Nutcracker music "Russian Dance"
Vivaldi Spring piano sheet music in two versions for early students, with and without note names. A nice introductory piece to the classical repertoire!
12 major scales & chords: free, printable downloads. One & two-octave scales, I, IV & V chords & inversions & arpeggios, & a new PART 2!
Printable piano music What Do You Do with a Drunken Sailor, late elementary & first-year sheets! This may be your student's favorite for a long time.
The Wellerman: sheet music & lyrics for piano & other instruments. Such a fun, high-energy song to sing & play - learn it fast with letters in the notes!
This free piano sheet music PDF for beginners is really a fiddle tune! But don't tell your piano players, as it makes a rambunctious, easy duet! Now with Part 2.
Songs Old & Songs New
All the first-year material I give my beginner students.
Piano keyboard sheets, scales, chords, note-reading exercises, and over 256 pages of music!
Queen Esther in the Bible
This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This", available as a digital download, tells the riveting story of the time when Jews in ancient Persia faced a foe named Haman, and how a brave young queen risked her life to save her people.
A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theater production, or a class of children!
This book is also available from Amazon as a paperback.
Just the Black Keys
This book is available as a digital download from this site. Visit this page to see some free examples from the book.
It is also available from Amazon as a paperback!
This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.
And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!" They will be spending more time at the piano.
The Adventures of Tonsta
A perfect read aloud storybook
for little boys or girls.
The Adventures of Tonsta highlight the travels of a very young boy with a good heart, who goes about helping folk in trouble.
With a red cap on his head and a sack of tools slung over his shoulder, Tonsta seems to meet people in distress wherever he goes.
Lots of trolls in this book - including one who gives him a Christmas gift!
Available at Amazon
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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.