Curated from The Violin Blog – Please share this with string teachers or young string players – Complete with printed music and a video!
Let me blow the dust off my keyboard and begin by telling you, “Hello!” Yes, I realize it’s been 4 months since I last posted, but I’m a mommy first and foremost and summer break happened. My family played, worked, hiked, practiced, cleaned, gardened, traveled, weeded, practiced, and cleaned some more. Not to mention my daughter’s Tibia Avulsion Break has kicked us all in the pants. Preteens and pain don’t exactly match. So, along with all the above mentioned activities, there was also a large dose of doctor visits, ice wraps, physical therapy, a 2nd surgery, hospital stays, and some heavy eye rolling and grumbling going on in my house.
Five months ago right before my daughter broke her leg. I started to get into writing music. I am obsessed with the new movie ‘The Greatest Showman’. If you haven’t seen it, for the love stop reading and rent or buy it right now. RIGHT NOW! The music in it is fabulous.
‘The Greatest Showman’ has a wonderful message. It basically sings it’s way into your heart and tells you that everyone matters, everyone can follow their dreams, and that it doesn’t matter what you look like or where you come from you still have a song, a talent, and a voice in this world to contribute. In fact one of my first introductions to the movie before I even saw the full length feature film was this video, and it gave me CHILLS
Not only is the message of the music amazing, but that raw recording embodied the musician’s passion, and love for what they were singing and doing. I loved their faces and their emotions. It made me stand up and say, “YES!” This is exactly how I want my kids to feel about themselves and how I want my violin students to feel about their musical abilities, no matter their level. Beginner students have creativity, passion, and love for music too, even if they aren’t as polished or technical as advanced musicians! I knew I wanted to write a version that even the most beginner student could play and enjoy!
After a couple of never -leaving-my-house and tuna-fish-sandwiches for dinner days, I felt like I had a version that would work. I handed out the music to my kiddos and nieces. They had a blast practicing the song, especially when they were able to get together and jam!
I had lofty dreams of taking them to a recording studio, not just for better quality sound but for the fun experience of recording it. But in the end we left it pretty raw and uncut just like the original run through! Music can be made and experienced anywhere, at any level. Here’s our very real life version, aren’t the tie dye shirts the perfect touch;) Afterall, “THIS IS US!”
This violin sheet music is written with EVERY violinist in mind. One of the violinist in the video had been playing for 3 months, another violinist for 1 year, another violinist for 3 years, and the oldest for 5 years. The pianist has been playing for a little over a year.
This piece could also be played as a piano duet by using the melody violin part up an octave played along with the piano accompaniment.
Also, if all you have is a very super beginner violinist, have the pianist add in the melody to make the song more complete.
Cello could also pick up the bass cleff of the piano part to turn this into an orchestra score.
See below for the FREE SHEET MUSIC. Just click on the image of the part you want to download or print. A separate window with a pdf should pop up. All I ask in return is that you like the video, share the link, comment below, or post a video of you playing our piece with a link to this page. It helps motivate me to produce more material like this if I know it’s being viewed, used, and read. Spread the beginning violin joy!