Today I took the time to play around with my Finale music composition software.  Unfortunately, I bit off more than I could chew in trying to compose and arrange my own piece of music as I know very little about writing or arranging music.  So, after two and a half hours of banging my head against the computer trying to create something playable, I was incredibly frustrated by the time I went to talk to my father.


My father listened to me as I told him all about my frustrations, then he suggested I try something different.  He recommended taking the easiest children's song I could think of and arranging a simple piece - which I did.  I chose the song "I've got the Joy Joy Joy Joy" by George Willis Cooke.

My Dad must have been in a ragtime mood because when I showed him my arrangement he challenged me to write something worthy of a ragtime pianist at Disneyland.  I took his challenge and began to play around with it on the piano until I knew how I wanted it to sound. After that, the notes came easily and in twenty minutes I had finished my first ragtime piano duet.

I hope you enjoy-joy-joy-joy this arrangement!

Here's my arrangement:

You might enjoy reading and trying to keep up with the lyrics here.

(Right-click on the link below to save the mp3 file to your computer.)

Discussion/Comments (5):

I’ve got the Joy Joy Joy Joy! (Church Ragtime)

You're doing so well Amy!

Posted at 10/24/2009 9:52:34 PM byWendy

I’ve got the Joy Joy Joy Joy! (Church Ragtime)

Very cool! And you didn't even need a Mac for that. Wow.

Posted at 10/28/2009 12:08:18 AM byMichael Sampson

I’ve got the Joy Joy Joy Joy! (Church Ragtime)

Good job with the arrangement. One question -does the second pianist reach around the first pianist to get to the very high and very low octaves?

Keep up the good work,

Mrs. Teffeteller

Posted at 1/14/2010 10:54:33 PM byMrs. Teffeteller

I’ve got the Joy Joy Joy Joy! (Church Ragtime)

Do you have the piano music for the Joy song?

Posted at 8/24/2010 7:52:51 AM byRalph

I’ve got the Joy Joy Joy Joy! (Church Ragtime)

We included the piano music in the link above but here it is again. Enjoy playing!


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Posted at 8/31/2010 10:23:26 AM byAmy Mack

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