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Five Keys to New Life

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 7:34:11 AM by Nancy Raabe in children, in communications, in enliven, in faith, in formation, in ideas, in music, in Potpourri, in worship

 

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No Need to Triage: They Can Do It! - Part Two

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 8:00:09 AM by Bekah Schulz in children, in choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire

Part Two: A Proposal for Childrens Choir Rehearsals

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No Need to Triage: They Can Do It!

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 9:19:55 AM by Bekah Schulz in children, in choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire

Part One: A Philosophy of the Children’s Choir

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Teaching Hymns to Children

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 8:45:05 AM by James Hild in Assembly Song, in children, in hymns

One of the important jobs we do as church music directors is teaching hymns to the children in our congregation. How can we effectively do this?

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Scripture Based Children's Anthems

Posted on May 21, 2012 8:23:58 AM by Sarah Hawbecker in anthem, in children, in choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire

The texts we choose for children to sing are as important as the musical qualities of an anthem. What better texts are there to teach our children than words of scripture? The following anthems are just a few of the ones I have found to be worth teaching and repeating.

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Teaching Hymns and Liturgy to the Children’s Choir

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 7:40:16 PM by Sarah Hawbecker in children, in choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in hymns, in liturgy, in teach

I no longer assume that the children entering into my choir are familiar with the Lutheran liturgy and standard hymns, even Christmas carols. There are several reasons, including the lack of sacred music in the schools, families’ sporadic worship attendance, and attendance at “alternative” services. Our staff is making more deliberate efforts to encourage families to worship together regularly. I schedule our 2nd-6th grade choir to sing for worship at least once a month. One of the third grade boys recently told his mother that church was more fun when he was in the choir, because he had more to do. Yes, indeed - church is much more fun when you can participate because you have rehearsed the responses and know the hymns!

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