Music Arranging & Notation2018-08-28T06:35:39+00:00

Music & Song Arranging

Music Arranging & Notation

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Dave Merkel custom music arranging and notation of songs designed for your setting or particular event. His years of experience with many other musicians in various situations informs his approach to writing arrangements of songs. Arrangements are typically written with two primary factors in mind:

  1. The instrumentation and skill level of the musicians; and,
  2. Any underlying mood, atmosphere or message desired from the music.

Music arrangements and scores can be written for: choir, orchestra, bands, ensembles, and specialty musical groups, with almost any combination of instruments and number of musicians.

Completed arrangements provide sheet music in separate printable scores for each of the various musicians, and a master conductor’s score if needed.

Dave also offers the option to deliver high-quality audio files with your scores. These MIDI mockups are renditions of the actual arrangements, useful for learning and rehearsal purposes.


download free sheet music arrangements from Dave below

Copyright © Concerns

Arrangements are not original compositions, instead they are considered derivatives of an original piece of music. Because the copyright holder is given almost unlimited freedom and control in regards to the use of the song, arrangements of copyrighted material must have have permission from the copyright holder — typically the composer(s) or publisher — for an arrangement to be written, typically through written agreement or license.

For any music intended for an arrangement that is not copyrighted by Dave Merkel or in the public domain (of which there are many songs), responsibility for securing legal permission for such arrangement ultimately rests solely with the client. While Dave can assist with the process, it is important that permission be obtained.

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Downloadable Arrangements from Portfolio


A Better Place

No matter who you are—what religion, race, caste or gender—no matter where you live, each one of us has the right to live in freedom, dignity and peace.

“A Better Place” by Playing for Change was released on International Human Rights Day in 2012. This arrangement was written for United Methodist Churches in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.

Playing For Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire and bring peace to the world through music. Learn more at Playing for Change at

Download the lead sheet (PDF)


Bread of Life

Dave says, “This song and arrangement reminds me of the Israelites on their journey from Egypt. It’s a wonderful song to use for Holy Communion.” Pianists take note: the right hand is played one octave lower than notated, as indicated by the score. Written for Piano/Guitar/Vocal with Optional Descant.

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Words and Music Copyright © 1993 Sue Young. Arrangement Copyright © Dave Merkel. All Rights Reserved.

Download Piano/Guitar/Vocal with Optional Descant (PDF)


Jesus Loves Me: Variations in C for Piano

An old standard from the 1860’s revisited in a new light. Dave was inspired to create this arrangement while spending a relaxing evening in the Chapel of the Unknown Faithful at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Music by: William B. Bradbury. Public Domain. Arrangement: Copyright (C) 2009 Dave Merkel.

Click here to the download the piano score (PDF)


May the Peace of the Lord Christ Go with You

This song is a Celtic blessing. The wonderful Northumbria Community allowed Dave to share his arrangement, available in Piano/Guitar/Vocal and Piano/SATB.

Copyright © The Blessing in Morning Prayer from Northumbria Community’s Celtic Daily Prayer.

Download Piano/Guitar/Vocal sheet music (PDF)

Download Piano/SATB music (PDF)


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