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Somewhere In My Memory (Home Alone) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Somewhere In My Memory is from the official soundtrack of the 1990 box office hit American Christmas comedy, Home Alone. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as the protagonist Kevin McCallister, who was accidentally left behind by his family as they were about to fly to Paris for their Christmas vacation. All alone in their home in Chicago, Kevin has to fend for himself as he tries to protect their home from burglars. The film was the highest-grossing live action comedy film in the United States as well as worldwide until 2011.

With over $400 million as its gross earnings, it is no wonder that the film garnered several awards and nominations including one for the film’s soundtrack. Its nominations include an Academy Award for Best Original Score and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

The soundtrack was composed by John Williams and was released by Sony Classical on December 4,1990. The film’s director, Chris Columbus, originally wanted Bruce Broughton to score the film’s soundtrack but a prior commitment kept him from the engagement. Columbus then contacted Steven Spielberg who helped him connect with Williams to produce the score. Somewhere In My Memory quickly became a hit with professional choirs to school bands and orchestras for their annual Christmas concerts.

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About the Composer of ‘Somewhere In My Memory’

John Williams is an American composer renowned for his works for the cinema, creating film scores for several box office hit movies, including Home Alone, Jaws, Close Encounters, Indiana Jones series, and the first three Harry Potter films.

John Williams has won 24 Grammy awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Academy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. He is also the second most nominated individual following behind Walt Disney. In 2000, Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame. Of the top 20 highest grossing films of all time, Williams was the composer for eight of those movies.

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My Favorite Things (Sound of Music) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

My Favorite Things is a show tune performed by the character Maria in Rogers and Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music (1959).

The song is quite popular that it finished at number 64 on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Songs. Numerous stage productions have been made of the musical but the most notable one was of a 1965 film adaptation of the musical where actress Julie Andrews sang the song during a scene in her bedroom where she was surrounded by kids listening to her sing.

In the original Broadway musical, the song was sung in Mother Abbess’ office just before she sends Maria off to become a governess to Captain Von Trapp’s children. However, the film’s screenwriter Ernest Lehman made a shift in the film adaptation and ended up with “My Favorite Things” being played in the now iconic thunderstorm scene. It replaced the “The Lonely Goatherd” in the scene, which became a precedent for other productions to do the same as well.

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About the Composer of My Favorite Things

The song was written by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II, collectively known as the Rogers and Hammerstein duo. Rogers was a renowned American composer and was considered the most significant composer of the 20th century. With over 900 songs and 43 Broadway musicals, he was the first person to win an EGOT, which stands for an Emmy, Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony award. He also received a Pulitzer Prize, making him one of only two people to receive all five awards.

Oscar Hammerstein II was an American theater director and producer. He also had his fair share of accomplishments with eight (8) Tony Awards and two (2) Academy Awards for Best Original Songs under his name. Rodgers and Hammerstein started collaborating when Rodger’s previous partner Lorenz Hart began having health problems. The duo’s first ever work was the groundbreaking musical titled Oklahoma! (1943). The team then went on to produce four more hits which were later on made into film adaptations. These include Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949), The King and I (1951), and The Sound of Music (1959).

With the duo’s collaboration, they were able to earn a total of 35 Tony Awards, 15 Academy Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes, two Grammy, and two Emmy Awards.

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Music Math: 3 Addition Worksheet Packet (PDF)

Want to reinforce basic rhythms with your piano students?

This set of three music math worksheets reinforces simple rhythms and rests, including sixteenth, eighth, quarter, half, dotted half, and whole notes, as well as quarter, half, and whole rests.

Each music math worksheet includes ten addition questions. Answer keys are also included in this six page packet.

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Music Math: 3 Addition Worksheet Packet (PDF)

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M&M Note Name Challenge | Free Note Name Worksheet

Learning to read music is a lot like learning to read your first book. Music notes and words in books are all just symbols that represent sounds. Your ABC’s all have a certain sound. Combine them and they make words. Combine sounds in music and they make a melody. Sounds that are high, are written high on the musical staff. Sounds that are low, are written low on the musical staff. If you’re just getting started with music there’s no better place to start that learning your note names. Learning your note names with help to know exactly how high or low to play each note.

The M&M Note Name Challenge Music Theory Note Name Worksheet is a fun and delicious way to drill note names. Quiz students by asking them to place their plain M&M candy on the correct line or space of the treble or bass clef staff. If they’re correct they get to eat the candy. Name 20 notes correctly and they win a bonus M&M.

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Learning your note names isn’t something that happens in one day. It usually takes months of drilling to master the names of each note. Print this worksheet and start practicing. Plan to use it often, along with a collection of flash cards, games and worksheets. The links provided below with direct you to additional music theory resources that you will find useful, and your music students are sure to love!

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Clown Fish | Free Color-by-Note Worksheet (Rhythm)

Kids love the chance to color, so grab the crayons and lets have some fun. This free printable music theory worksheet drills basic rhythms, including the whole note, half  note, quarter note, and rests.

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Clown Fish | Free Color-by-Note Worksheet

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Crayons Needed
Green, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Orange, Red, Dark Gray

Parents
If you sharing this worksheet with your kids, and you’re not quite sure which note is which, or how many beats a particular note get, don’t worry. Here’s a link to a post that will tell you everything you need to know.

How to Read Music Made Easy | Beginner’s Guide

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Monster-Themed Musical Spelling Bee – Free Note Name Worksheet

Want some monster-sized fun for your piano students. That’s what the following free printable worksheet delivers!

You students will have a chance to drill and practice their treble clef note names and learn a little about music notation with this free printable monster-themed musical spelling bee worksheet.

Students complete this worksheet by reading the  spelling the word below the music staff. Then they write the word on the staff with music notes. This worksheet is ideal for  your 5-7 year old piano students!

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Monster Music Spelling Bee | Free Note Name Worksheet

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“You Say” by Lauren Daigle (Digital Print Sheet Music)

Want an easy piano arrangement for Lauren Daigle’s new song, You Say. This arrangement is written for Piano and voice with chords for guitar. It’s available in PDF format on MusicNotes.com. Below that you be able to check out the words and read the story about how the song came to be in Lauren’s own words.

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Lyrics for ‘You Say’

I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough
Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up
Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low?
Remind me once again just who I am, because I need to know (ooh oh)
You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours
And I believe (I), oh I believe (I)
What You say of me (I)
I believe…
Get more lyrics on MetroLyrics.com

The Story Behind ‘You Say’ as Told by Lauren

 

It was the day after my very first Dove awards, and I remember being completely overwhelmed. I walked into the studio, and Paul and Jason, my producers, were in there and they’re like “All right what’s going on in your world, how’s it been?”

It was the first time we had written since How Can It Be…I just remember feeling like so much had happened the night before, wondering How do I come back down to normal, how do I come back down to reality? And I started realizing these patterns of really high highs and then, okay now there’s a low. Really high high, now there’s a low…And Involving expectation in that space can just leave you kind of questioning your identity- Where do I fit in, where is my security, where is my footing?

So when writing “You Say,” I just remember feeling for the first time pretty conflicted. It was definitely the first moment in just being an artist that I was like Okay, where is all this going exactly? And I know that we’ve all faced moments in life where we can feel a crossroads happen— where we can see the past and also see the future, and realize how we are supposed to exist in the present. And it was one of those moments where I could see where things were going and I knew exactly where I came from, and I needed those worlds to still be married.

And thus brought up the issue of identity and trying to figure out how to exist when I felt like so many things were pulling me in so many different directions. I think a lot of times we build these complexes based on insecurity, based on fear, based on rejection, and lies that we have to constantly overcome. And so this song for me was just a reminder of identity. It was a reminder that I know when I’m weak, He’s strong—so how do I change that and bring that into my every day life? When I feel inadequate how is it that there’s always these moments where I feel like God just steps in and supercedes my inadequacies. This entire song was so every single day I would get up on stage and remind myself—no, this is the truth, this is the truth, this is the truth. Don’t get buried in confusion. Don’t get buried in waywardness. Just remember to steady the course, steady the course.

 

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