Learning a song is fun to do!
Workshop in Salt Lake
Sept. 2005, notes by Angie
We sang "Fun to Do" using a couple of different
favorites from the audience. Then we sang the Hello Song using "Bonjour"
instead of "Hello" (and they wore berets, which was cute). Finally, we
sang "I Know My Father Lives" in Spanish. That really brought the
spirit in. Okay, now back to the rest of the workshop.
Music leaders will better understand how to use music to reinforce gospel
principles taught in the scriptures.
F - The "F" in F-U-N reminds us to
FOCUS the children's listening. We can focus their listening as we capture
their attention and ask
"Scripture Power Song Presentation"
How they taught it - 1st verse
Picture of Christ for the first line.
Large scriptures with wordstrips "instructions", "word"
on it for next line.
Children standing back to back looking angry, then they
turn around and smile and shake hands as the song says they are changing.
- Asked, "What will I find in the scriptures?" (Sing
the Answer: I'll find the Sword of Truth.) Sword with a moveable S for
the first line. Also read Ephesians 6:17. The S is at the beginning of
the word at first and then as you talk about the sword of truth being
the WORDS we are learning from the scriptures, you move the S down to
- Second line - Shield that said "Faith" on it. Question:
"What will we take from the scriptures?" (Sing the Answer: I'll take
the sword of truth)
- Third line - Questions: "What will we wear?" (Sing
the Answer: "I'll wear each vital part of the armor of the Lord"). She
talked about how the heart is a vital organ and that without it we can't
survive. Also without the armor of the Lord we will not survive
spiritually. So we held our scrptures or hands over our hearts as we
sang this line.
- Last line - Questions: "And what is our reward",
(Sing the Answer amd read D & C 76:6).
On this song we focused the children's listening by
a) sing phrases of the song to learn the melody,
b) help children learn the meaning of the words,
c)involve children - interact with them and help them apply the principle.
They also pointed out that you can make bookmarks with
the moveable "s", maybe in activity days or scouts.
U - The "U" in F-U-N reminds us to
USE appropriate teaching methods.
Children love to learn, and learning is fun! When the
truth is taught and the spirit is felt in Primary, all of us rejoice
together. Children learn best when we prayerfully consider their needs, use
teaching methods appropriate for their age, and teach gospel principles from
Include Music Leader in Presidency Meeting to Plan
(They did a little role-play here, planning a ST using
the outline at the back of the CSMP Outline and with the music leader
Sharing Time should incorporate music. The presidency
plans with the music leader to include songs that will support the gospel
principle being taught and actively involve the children.
Use the "Sharing Time planning Work Sheet." Ask:
- How can I introduce the gospel principle?
- What activity will help children apply the
Refer to Teaching - No Greater Call as a resource for
teaching methods - use music, listening, pictures, scriptures, key words,
word strips, and appropriate learning activities to make Primary fun and to
teach gospel principles.
Referred us to pages 158-184 of TNGC for teaching methods.
(Sharing Time Demonstration)
Sing "We Thank Thee O God For a Prophet"
President Hinckley is our guide.
Read scripture D& C 1:38 and explain
Activity: Picture matching for younger children and
scrambled word for older children
Sing "Follow the Prophet" (verse 9) They
did actions for this verse - easy enough to figure out your own.
Then they did a spinner to teach the second verse about
It had the word "PROPHET" on it - each letter was in a different space, so
as you spin you would land on one letter. On the back of each letter was
the name of a prophet in one of the verses of the song.
Of course they wanted to teach verse 2 so all of the
letters actually had "Enoch" on the back, but the kids don't need to know
they know all the verses this might be fun to really put
different names on the back and spin the wheel.
As we spun the wheel the pianist plays the left hand bass
accompaniment CS 110 and right hands plays chromatic scale starting from
high C and ending at middle C - kind of a game show feel.
Teaching the "Enoch" Verse (referring to pictures of
- Continue same verse "echoing" each phrase.
- Teach how to find story of Enoch in Pearl of
- Sing Chorus of song noticing syncopation.
- Demonstrate two finger clap with steady beat and
how melody syncopates. Have half the children beat out the bass rythym
while the other half does the melody.
- For chorus use hand motions, hands at waist, at
side, and at head.
- Bear Testimony.
N - the N in F-U-N reminds us
to NURTURE children and testimonies. President Hinckley implored, "Let
us nurture our children concerning Him whom we call the Lord Jesus
Christ. Let us teach our children the grand saving principles of the
Welcome children, remember their names and birthdays.
- We sang "Hello Friends" to the melody of "A
Happy Family", just for a fun change.
- Sing "Here We Are Together" replacing the
word family with Primary and family members with names of new
- Sing "Your Happy Birthday" and clap, beat, or
stamp to rhythm while speaking the words, use musical instruments
for fun. We did this like an African chant, all of us chanted the
words and beat out the rhythm on our hands, while some played
homemade musical instruments. I wasn't able to see too many of the
instruments but I heard a lot of shaking, beating, tamborines,
etc. This was a lot of fun and I would like to try it in our
Primary...I am just nervous about maintaining reverence because we
are such a big group. But maybe I'll try it and see how it goes.
Nurture testimonies of children through music
- Our most important goal of Primary music must
be nurturing testimonies. But while doing this, we can also have
Music leaders have a vital role in teaching
principles with music as they review songs already taught.
- Favorite Primary songs of Primary general
- Cheryl Lant's favorite is "Teach Me To Walk
in the Light". She said it is a "Sweet expression of what we are
all about." For this one, they shined a flashlight and walked up
the aisle. As the flashlight came to your row, you stood up and
walked in place.
- Margaret Lifferth's favorite is "I Feel My
Savior's Love" in sign language
- Vicki Matsumori's favorite is "Love is Spoken
Here" This one I loved! They had scarves in red, yellow, and blue. When
they wave the red scarf, you sing. When they wave yellow you sing
"la la" (yellow lala). WHen they wave blue you sing oo (Blue OO). We
did each verse and then together. When we combined, one would wave
either yellow or blue for background while the other group sang. I
really thought this could be a great idea for prelufde music as the
children come in.