A few months ago when I was thinking of the songs I wanted my Primary to sing for the Presentation this year, I had 12 songs that I definitely wanted them to do that tied in with the monthly themes. However, I also wanted to do Search, Ponder and Pray – because to me, that sums up the yearly theme nicely.
To cut a long story short, and with my beautiful Primary President giving me complete freedom to whatever I feel is best for our Primary, I thought a solo would be perfect for this song.
I heard one version on You Tube that I loved, but there wasn’t any sheet music (I only listened to it once, that’s all I had time to do). So with that version as my inspiration, I wrote my own arrangement.
Here it is:
Search Ponder and Pray (complete score)
Search Ponder and Pray Violin (violin part)
We performed it this week at Leadership training, and we received many positive comments and requests for the music.
On a side note, I added in the words to the Primary theme for this year’s Presentation “I know the scriptures are true” at the very end. If you aren’t comfortable with changing words to songs, just repeat the words “I’ll know the scriptures are true” because that simply repeats the phrase and doesn’t add in anything new.
I volunteered my little family to do an item for Mother’s Day this coming Sunday. (What was I thinking?) I whipped up a simple arrangement of ‘Dearest Mother, I Love You’ found in the Children’s Songbook. It’s simple, but you don’t want a complicated accompaniment or descant or you’ll have a very confused child singing.
Here’s my arrangement: Dearest Mother I Love You
The violin part is also suitable for a flute.
I must have written this part out a few years ago, but didn’t put it up on a website. I was just thinking about what I should do with this song for the Primary Presentation when I realised I had this descant in my head, and I had already written it.
A search on the computer found a version that hadn’t been updated into my new version of Sibelius, so a quick conversion, a resize, and here it is!
The accompaniment is the same as what is in the Children’s Song Book. This is just a violin part that has the melody first, then plays the descant for the second verse. It does go into third position.
I Love To See The Temple violin solo
Computer decided it likes me today. Yay!
Here are the parts for one of this year’s Presentation Songs: Praise to the Man in A Major.
Violin part: Praise to the Man A Major Violin Part
Organ part: Praise to the Man A Major Organ Part
Score: Praise to the Man A Major Score
I transposed it because those top notes were getting a bit screechy in C Major. G Major was nice and easy, but only just too low for my Primary children to sing. A Flat major is only a semitone higher, but sounds much nicer however the violin part is harder to play. A Major would be great in your Ward if you have a pianist who loves A Major (unlike my husband!).
Please let me know what you think.
My husband will be accompanying our Primary Children for their Childrens Sacrament Meeting Presentation because our ‘usual’ one is being a chicken and is running away! (Well he’s actually going on a family trip but I told him he was chickening out ;D )
It meant I got to have a little fun and arrange Praise to the Man according to those lovely angelic voices in my head. Let me tell you, that Sibelius doesn’t even compare to those voices!!
I have written ‘piano’ on the score, but if you have an organ available, I recommend that. It would be a bit flat at the end without the organ holding those notes on with the violin playing. It kind of gives it that bagpipe-ish feel that this arrangement seems to need.
It’s in A Flat Major because apparently Darling Hubby doesn’t like A Major. Strange fellow, isn’t he! I will do my best to transpose it up and post it without damaging my files. My computer doesn’t like me at the moment!
Here is the score:- Praise To The Man Score
Violin part: Praise To The Man – Violin – 2011-09-11 1641
Piano/Organ part just on its own: Praise To The Man – Organ
A young Deacon I teach was asked to play this song at the Aaronic Priesthood commemoration in the Temple grounds one cold and frosty morning – hence no accompaniment. The poor boy was so terrified, but I was told he did so well, he ended up playing it again with me doing an ‘alto’ part (which is in my head and not notated) in Sacrament Meeting. It was very well received by those listening.
I did laminate a copy of this for him once I had printed it out, because you know how boys are with their music
Joseph Smith’s First Prayer easy violin
For a copy of the easy violin part, click here: Joseph Smith’s First Prayer easy violin
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!
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
And from a post I wrote on 19th June 2010 on http://denleymusic.com/wordpress/
“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
This was taken from a post on I wrote on http://denleymusic.com/wordpress/ 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