Children’s Choir with violin solo ‘I’m Trying To Be Like Jesus’

I did this short arrangement for our upcoming Stake Conference  (in August 2010).

I kept it simple as it is going to be the prelude item.  The children are simply singing the melody the whole way through, with the boys beginning on the first verse, the girls singing the second verse and all singing the chorus.  The piano part isn’t very much different from what is in the Children’s Songbook, to enable the accompanist to learn the part quickly.  The violin part adds a lot of the colour.

To print out the full score, click here: Im Trying to Be Like Jesus Primary Choir score

To print out the violin part, click here: Im Trying to Be Like Jesus Primary Choir – Violin part

If you would like a copy of the children’s part, click here: Im Trying to Be Like Jesus Primary Choir – choral part

Newly added: Flute Part: I’ m Trying To Be Like Jesus – Flute 

The piano part isn’t available separately at this time.  Sibelius decided to have a fight with my computer and layer every single stave on top of each other.  It would take too much time to try to unscramble all that music however it is on the score!

The First Noel for 2 violins, double bass and piano

And for something Christmassy:-

I needed to throw something together for some of my students to perform in Christmas 2008.  Even though this arrangement is simple, it is quite effective and those who played enjoyed the ensemble work.  I think a cello could play the double bass part quite easily.

For the separate parts, click here: The First Noel separate parts

For the score, click here: The First Noel score

How Firm A Foundation for 2 violins and piano

And from a post I wrote on 19th June 2010 on 

“I needed a modified arrangement of this popular hymn for the Primary Presentation 2009 (to end it with a bang of course).  We did this hymn at the end as a congregational number and I played the violin 2 part first, then ended the hymn on the last verse with the violin 1 part (we had organ accompaniment).  Both go together though if you wanted to play it as a duet.  The piano part is simplified so a good Primary aged student could play (First Grade standard I’d guesstimate – for note reading abilities and confidence). The second violin part is easy but the first violin part does involve 3rd position”.

To print out the separate parts, click here: How Firm A Foundation 2 Vlns and Piano

For a copy of the entire score, click here: How Firm A Foundation score

My Heavenly Father Loves Me – For Violin with piano accompaniment

This was taken from a post on I wrote on on September 25th 2010.  Wow, was that really almost a year ago?

“I had some spare time this afternoon, and as my Hubby was playing with his new computer, I thought I’d play around with some music programs on mine to see if I was any better at transposing music (takes me ages to learn how to use new software).  The bonus was that when I logged on my site, there was a request for an easier violin version of ‘My Heavenly Father Loves Me’, so I decided to play around with that and see what I could do.

The result was an easier piece to play – in D Major (great for 1st grade violin students).  I also made the notes bigger so that it is easier to read.

If you want the violin part, click here: My Heavenly Father Loves Me – Violin Part

If you would like the piano part for accompanying purposes (or just an easier piano version) click here: My Heavenly Father Loves Me (D Major) Piano

Note: It is the same as what is in the Primary Children’s Songbook, just transposed.  The violin plays the melody that is sung in the original version of the song”.

 Big notes for easy reading

I Hope They Call Me On A Mission – Easy Piano Trio

I’m transferring a couple of LDS-related songs across from my ‘general’ music website to this one, because I think they are relevant here.

This was a piano trio I arranged for three of my 9-10 year old male students to perform in Sacrament Meeting.  They LOVED practising together, and they informed me this was their favourite Primary song.

Here are all three parts: I Hope They Call Me On A Mission Trio

And if you need the score, here it is: I Hope They Call Me On A Mission Score

I Can Prepare Now to Serve A Mission – September Week 3

I found a fantastic looking Maze in the May Friend Magazine here: and as my Primary loved the last Maze I did with them, I decided to do another one.  The instructions are “Help the missionaries find their way to their appointment. Remember to follow the one-way streets!”  It doesn’t tie in exactly with the topic of the week, but it’s close enough!

Mazes confuse me, so I marked in eight ‘song’ spots along the way, so that you can sing your Presentation Songs as you go.  I think it will help my Sunbeams know which direction to go as well.

Because there are only eight ‘turns’, you could have the names of your primary children in a container, and you pull the names out, or ask teachers to choose reverent children.  I like the container idea, because it’s fair.  Keep that container for these sorts of games, and divide it into two parts.  One side for those who have had a turn, and one side for those who haven’t.  Simply move the names over when the children have had turns.

If you have a large Primary, you could have a class choose the next ‘direction.

Back to the maze…I printed mine out in Poster form, so it came out nice and large.  The children won’t be able to see it the size it is at the moment.  Here’s the maze (in A4 size): Missionary Maze

My husband very kindly meddled around and got the missionaries separated on their bikes so we can move them around the maze.  They are here, but don’t blow them up to poster format,  they’re fine just as they are: Missionary Maze Missionaries on Bikes

The Gospel Will Be Preached in All the World – September Week 2

In keeping with the Missionary Theme for this month, I flipped through the September Friend Magazine on Sunday and found this:-

…which has some cards you can cut out to play Memory/Concentration with.  I thought they would be awesome to use for Singing Time, so I enlarged them a little and added backs (because my kids like to cheat!).

I am going to give my Pianist a list of the Presentation songs we need to run through and with each match, we will just do the next one on the list.  If you wanted to use ‘Missionary’ themed songs (if your presentation is over..lucky you!), you can just write the songs you want to sing on the cards with ‘writing’, rather than the picture cards.  Does that make sense?

You could also have the children make their own set of cards to use for Sharing Time – just do a copy/printout of what is in the Friend Magazine link for each child.

Here is the link to the enlarged cards and backs: The Gospel Will Be Preached in All The World Memory Game

Father’s Day Singing Time

I have recently been taking happy snaps of some menfolk in our Ward, namely our male Primary Teachers and members of our Bishopric.

I kindly asked them (in an official sounding voice) to “Please turn around Sir, and put your hands on the wall”.  Then after their amused but bewildered looks, explained that I needed their hands for Primary.  Photos of their hands.  And I needed to know their favourite Primary song.

So here’s what I got:-


Six of them in total.  Here’s how you play:-

  • I cut these pages in half and because I am laminator crazed, I will laminate then; the picture as the front and the song information as the back.
  • Tac the pictures to the wall/board/wherever you like.
  • The children have to guess whose hands are in the picture.  Give them clues if you want to.  Invite the teachers to guess as well.  The more the merrier!
  • Sneak a peak under the picture to check if they have the correct person and to stir the kids up a little.  When they get it right, turn it over to reveal the song.
  • Sing away!

Hum Your Favorite / Favourite Hymn Flip Chart

I want to use this song  in Opening Exercises on the last Sunday in August, but I really needed a flip chart.  Couldn’t find one no matter hard I looked, so I resolved myself to the fact that I was just going to have to figure out how to create one all on my own.  So I did!  It’s not brilliant, but it will do the job.

So until someone does a better one ;D here’s the Australian version: Hum Your Favourite Hymn Flip Chart Aussie Spelling

…and just because I could, I did one with American spelling as well: Hum Your Favourite Hymn Flip Chart US Spelling

Happy singing!

2011 Presentation Song Revision UNO Style

I have been reading a few other Primary Music Leader blogs (this one and this one) and they mention using the Uno game to revise tricky verses to songs.  It seems that it justs keeps getting added to and I loved the concept so much, so here is my addition:-


Here’s how it works:-

  •  You choose one verse of a song that you need to revise.  Divide that verse up into four sections, and print each of those sections out on 4 different colours of paper (or use the coloured paper as a background).  You’ll have one part of the verse red, one part yellow, one part blue and one part blue.  Stick those up on the wall.
  • Divide your Primary up into teams (either rows or classes).  Give each team 7 cards each (rig them if you must, so each team gets a couple of action cards as well).
  • Now here’s where it differs a little from the normal game of Uno: the aim is not to match up the colours of the cards.  It doesn’t matter which card the children put down, so long as their team doesn’t put down two action cards in a row. 
  • There are ‘action’ Uno cards (that are fairly self explanatory – ‘Draw Two’, ‘Draw 4′, ‘Skip’, ‘Reverse’ and ‘Wild’).
  • Wild cards need a little explanation.  The children can choose to sing…standing on one leg, holding their nose, with their hands in the air, with their eyes closed etc.  You may have ones in your stash of Primary goodies that you can use in this instance (or there are some here: .
  • There are also plain coloured cards.  If a red card is put down, everyone has to sing the part of the verse on the red paper. If a yellow card is turned over, everyone has to sing the part of the verse on the yellow paper etc.
  • You can choose who gets to start, or do a ‘demonstration’ round by putting the first one down.

Note: I have included backs for the cards as well (the last page of the pdf).

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