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Joy to the World is a familiar song that gets audiences smiling from ear-to-ear.  This arrangement is a great opener or closer to your concert!  It includes music for soprano recorder, 3 bell parts, and 2 bucket drum parts so ALL of your students' needs are met, regardless of their skill level or instruments available.


Lyrics are included in every part to help students make a connection to how their part fits with the familiar song and/or sing along while they play!



  • Soprano Recorder (advanced; C-C')
  • Bells (Melody)
  • Bells (Harmony)
  • Bells (Easy Harmony)
  • Bucket Drum (Easy, with an even easier call + response option, too)
  • Bucket Drum (Easy-Intermediate)
  • Bucket Drum (Advanced)
  • Chords (for optional accompaniment)



  • Teaching Tips from Skye



Bell Ensemble

  • Split the Melody and Harmony parts between your more advanced players and have your other players add to the fun with the additional Easy Harmony.

Bucket Ensemble

  • All players play the same part, depending on their collective skill level.
  • Multiple groups play different parts, one after the other, getting more challenging with each new group and lengthening the performance time.
  • Multiple groups play different parts at the same time.

Recorder Ensemble with Choir

  • As many advanced players aas you have play the recorder part.  The rest of the students sing the lyrics.

General Music Mashup

  • Students are split into groups to play recorder, bells, or bucket drums and have them perform the song together or one instrument after the other with a full-ensemble grand finale!

More Fun!

  • Invite the audience to sing along!

Joy to the World | Bucket Drum, Recorder, Bells


    Level: (multiple options) Easy to Intermediate
    Players: 1-1000
    Length: 1:00 - 5:00
    Instrumentation:  recorder, bells, bucket drums


    File Type: PDF


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    Copyright ©Bucket Drumming 101. All rights reserved by author, Skye "Coach K" Starhawk. This product is to be used by the original downloader only. Copying for more than one teacher, classroom, department, school, or school system is prohibited. This product may not be distributed or displayed digitally for public view. Failure to comply is a copyright infringement and a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Clipart and elements found in this PDF are copyrighted and cannot be extracted and used outside of this file without permission or license. Intended for classroom and personal use ONLY.


    It's respectful, honring, and legally mandated to include the composer's information in Performance Programs and/or YouTube video descriptions:


    Skye Starhawk, born 1987
    Joy the the World was arranged in 2019

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