Pioneer Primary Song Chime Charts

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Celebrate the pioneers in summer during singing time with these pioneer Primary song chime charts!  There are 9 pioneer songs found in the Children’s Songbook and now all of those have a chime/handbell chart!  These chime charts make for a perfect Primary summer party activity too!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Pioneer Primary Song Chime Charts for singing time

Now available in the Resource Library are chime charts for ALL the pioneer songs found in The Children’s Songbook!  Note that these chime charts can also be used with handbells!

Chimes for Singing Time

If you haven’t tried chimes in singing time, I HIGHLY recommend them, especially for celebrating the pioneers!  I like to think that the pioneers played on their own sets of homemade chimes!!

Find more details on chimes HERE including how to modifying them so you can use them with all my handbell charts!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Chimes for Singing Time

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Pioneer Primary Song Chime Charts

Here’s the list of chime charts for all the pioneer songs in the Children’s Songbook.  Including how each chart is used and what chimes are needed!

Pioneer Children Sang As They Walked

This pioneer Primary song is a CLASSIC!  I personally knew the author!  She was in my ward growing up and was blind.  Just a really neat lady!

I remember her playing it on the piano complaining that everyone played it too slowly.  To her, when pioneer children walked, they didn’t do it drudgingly, but joyously and the song should have a similar feel.

This chime chart uses chording.  The 3 notes in the box play at the exact same time.  And they play on the word (or part of the word) that is listed in the lower righthand corner.

Access these printables at my Resource Library under Pioneer Children Sang As They Walked.  Instructions for accessing the Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

This note chart requires no sharps!  The chimes or handbells needed are A B C D E F G.  Making it great for beginners!

Pioneer Children Were Quick to Obey

This Primary song is a little lesser-known, at least for me!  But that means it’s a great candidate to teach in singing time!!

This chime chart has an optional introduction (which is why it’s on its own page)!  Which is great if you don’t have enough children to ring and sing at the same time.  Simply have them play the introduction then stop when they come in to sing.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Pioneer Children Were Quick to Obey singing time ideas using chimes or handbells

Then the melody is available if you want to continue on using chimes for the entire song:

Camille's Primary Ideas: Pioneer Children Were Quick to Obey singing time ideas using chimes or handbells

Access these printables at my Resource Library under Pioneer Children Were Quick to Obey.  Instructions for accessing the Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

The chimes or handbells needed are A B C D E F G.  No sharps are needed!  Also making it great for beginners!

Little Pioneer Children

This chime chart for Little Pioneer Children only utilizes 3 bells and plays the optional (VERY SIMLE) music, making if perfect you want to sing this song as a round!

The words on the chart match up to the words in the melody since there are no actual words that go with the additional music.  Just know that the notes are different that what is actually sung.

Access these printables at my Resource Library under Little Pioneer Children.  Instructions for accessing the Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

The chimes or handbells needed are C F G.  No sharps are needed!  Also great for beginners!

Westward Ho!

This chart for Westward Ho! is VERY similar to Little Pioneer Children.  The chart plays an optional ostinato (or additional music) and only uses 2 notes.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Westward Ho! singing time ideas using chimes or handbells

Access these printables at my Resource Library under Westward Ho!.  Instructions for accessing the Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

The chimes or handbells needed are B E.

To Be a Pioneer

I LOVE this pioneer song!  Something about the catchy melody and the meaning!  I don’t have to be a pioneer pushing a handcart but can still be one in my own way!

This note chart plays the descant and is really fun to add once you learn the song!  Also available is a singing time lesson plan for teaching this in singing time HERE.

Access these printables at my Resource Library under To Be a Pioneer.  Instructions for accessing the Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

The chimes or handbells needed are C C# D D# E F G.

The Oxcart

Your primary will LOVE how this song feels and moves to pulling an oxcart – heavy, slow and steady.  This chart uses chording and emphasizes the strain the ox must have felt while pulling those carts across the plain!

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Oxcart singing time ideas using chimes or handbells

Access these printables at my Resource Library under The Oxcart.  Instructions for accessing the Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

The chimes or handbells needed are A B C D E F G G#.

The Handcart Song

This is another song where the move and feel in the music relates to the meaning.  Pushing and pulling handcarts to a steady rhythm.

The note chart plays the optional descant so add it in once your Primary knows the song.  Teach The Handcart Song in singing time using this lesson plan HERE.

Access these printables at my Resource Library under The Handcart Song.  Instructions for accessing the Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

The chimes or handbells needed are A A# C D D# F.

Covered Wagons

Another fun pioneer song is Covered Wagons!  This happy pioneer Primary song will have your kids wishing they could push a wagon all summer (well, maybe that’s a small stretch).

Nonetheless, this chart utilizes chords!  Find more details HERE.

Access these printables at my Resource Library under Covered Wagons.  Instructions for accessing the Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

The chimes or handbells needed are A B C D E F# G.

Whenever I Think About Pioneers

I think this is my new favorite pioneer song in the Children’s Songbook!  After studying it more closely to make this chart, I realized it’s a 2-part harmony!

Two-Part Harmony: also known as a double melody; where 2 different melodies can be sung at the same time.  Other songs in the Children’s Songbook that have a 2-part melody include Mother, Tell Me the Story, Love Is Spoken Here, I Pray in Faith and A Child’s Prayer.

This chime chart plays the melody for both parts which gives you a variety of uses:

  • Have the children sing 1 melody while the chimes play the other
  • Switch and sing the other melody with the chimes on the other
  • Sing both melodies then have the bells play the melodies together
Camille's Primary Ideas: Whenever I Think About Pioneers chime chart singing time ideas using chimes or handbells

Access these printables at my Resource Library under Whenever I Think About Pioneers. Instructions for accessing the Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

This chart is probably the most technical of all the pioneer song chime charts.  It’s pretty long and the fact that you can put the 2 melodies together adds to its level of difficulty.

But don’t let that deter you away from it!  Just keep it simple if you need and don’t put the 2 melodies together as it’s beautiful as-is!

The chimes or handbells needed are A# C D D# F G.

Chime Charts for all the Pioneer Songs in the Songbook

So make sure to use some or all these chime charts (also great to use with handbells) in singing time to honor the pioneers in singing time this summer!

What's Your Favorite?

Leave a comment with your favorite pioneer Primary song chime chart!

These printables are filed on the Resource Library page under Song Title > [VARIOUS SONG TITLES].

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