The clinician will share programming ideas that build community, including use of themes, artistic collaborations, visual elements, video projects and intergenerational invitations.
Visuals and manipulatives add lots of vitality to our rehearsals. Let’s discuss creative ideas to incorporate visuals (both hard copy and digital) and manipulatives that will add sparkle to your choir sessions and make learning fun and easy. (Target: mixed age groups)
Think beyond the rehearsal. Explore easy art integration strategies to help students become learners, problem solvers and artists. Mixed age groups explore a bible story for presentation using visual, kinestic and aural arts. (Target mixed age groups)
Singing voices may have been mostly dormant for the past 18 months. Let’s explore some engaging ways to help children rediscover beautiful and healthy voices as we reawaken the joy of singing. (Target: mixed age groups)
We’ll share strategies for easy-breezy, no-stress auditions, engaging and FUN rehearsals, and quick but memorable drama “add-ons” for your church anthem performances. We’ll also talk strategies for giving EVERY child a chance to shine.
Simple tools, tips and tricks to help the youngest singers find their voice and build beautiful tone. Rhyming texts, silly stories and imagination run wild as we use all the senses for active learning. (Target Pre-K – younger elementary).
As we emerge from lockdowns and quarantines, we are cautiously optimistic about the promise of a new normal. Let’s discuss how we can best support children in the process and bring renewed energy and perspectives to our children’s choir ministry. (Target: mixed age groups)
Keep on Singing: Short Stories, Tall Truths Curriculum [back to top] Growing in Grace is pleased to present its latest curriculum with all new songs and content. Learn about this theme year that offers digital/video resources adaptable for distance learning, all essential print materials for in-person teaching, and professionally printed poster kits. (Target: Ages Four and Five)
For many children, church choir rehearsal might be their only exposure to Scripture all week! Let’s talk about strategies to engage our young singers in Scripture, using rhythm games, audiation, music, and creative devotionals.
The clinician will share tips and tricks to foster beautiful tone, using canons and favorite pieces. Examples will be shared for the youngest (Pre-K/K) through elementary age and middle school. In addition, participants will learn how to build good choral habits with young singers, use spot practicing in rehearsal, and how to successfully ask for help. Finally, the clinician will address ways to help young singers “buy in” or take ownership of their repertoire and musical skills.
Using Bible stories and children’s literature sing, say, dance and play to channel students sense of curiosity while supporting your choir curriculum. (Target Pre-K – younger elementary).
These games, activities, and strategies will make church choir productive and fun for our energetic elementary singers!
Growing in Grace is pleased to present its latest curriculum with all new songs and content. Learn about this theme year that offers digital/video resources adaptable for distance learning, all essential print materials for in-person teaching, and professionally printed poster kits. (Target: Grades 1-6)
The clinician will share ways to kinesthetically engage and inspire singers in a choral setting. Solfege techniques, kinesthetic movement, warm-ups, motivation and management techniques, word wall and brain break activities will be highlighted. Come move, sing, and be physically and mentally engaged as we explore the engaging choral classroom for the young at heart singer (regardless of age).
The clinician will outline successful choral lesson plans that engage young singers. Many conductors want help with how to teach a piece and how to plan a rehearsal. This session will give many ideas for the creative use of solfege, teaching strategies, pacing, kinesthetic involvement, and musicianship training based on repertoire.
Kids need to move! Connecting body and mind helps students learn more deeply and meaningfully. Explore movement and games with your youngest singers. (Target Pre-K – younger elementary).
The clinician will ask participants to join in and experience creative play and team building. Some games work best before rehearsal actually begins. Other games are creative ways to involve students in the warm-up or rehearsal. Finally, there are games that serve to build musicianship skills.
Explore ways to bring student creativity into the rehearsal space using hand drums, boomwhackers and more! (Target older elementary)
Drumming is about so much more than “performing” rhythms. We can utilize percussion to bring about some truly powerful, prayerful experiences…
Mark Burrows – Music with Mister Mark: Circle Time Music in Early Childhood (2019 Alleluia Conference)
Young children truly do have the capacity to grow in their faith, and what better tool to foster that growth than music. We will…
Barbara Newman & LaTonya Penny – Renovate Church: Participation in Children’s and Youth Ministry (2019 Alleluia Conference)
Can we include kids with varied abilities in our Children and Youth ministries? Yes! Boldly go where others have seen success in Children’s settings using Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning
We will explore ways to use found objects and body percussion to develop percussion experiences that celebrate God’s creation and our role in it.
Teresa Granger – What’s in the Bag? A Bag of Tricks for Children’s Choir Workers (2019 Alleluia Conference)
Discover the gadgets and props in the bag that combine hands on activities for actively involving the children in choral singing while developing choral skills.
The elements of music we teach do not change—rhythm, melody, harmony, form, tone, and expression. Even if you say you are not a teacher or musician—or if you say “these are just preschoolers”—do I have a barrel for you! We will
How can children be a part of worship in your church? This session will cover creative ideas for including children in leadership in corporate worship.
Drums, rattles, and bells, oh my! We will play easy-to-learn grooves to help us experience God’s Great Story from the inside-out.
What an assortment for you in this class—things that worked so well and brought so much joy (could be through fun, or even worship experiences), they have survived the test of time and must be used again! Sources may be
In between all the notes and rhythms are often where our greatest opportunities for music ministry take place. We will explore some ways to…
This session is designed to introduce you to a variety of ways to have fun with instruments. Join us as Wynn Anne walks us through multiple ways to connect children to
Every class has a mixture of the two! In this session we will bounce ideas back and forth to help the “new-bies” move forward with confidence, plus ideas of “things that worked for me” from the mentors in the group. If you have worked in choir before you
Let’s plan on movement and fun to get us warmed up for the day and gather a collection of ideas that work with preschoolers—hopefully pulling together the energies of some who might wiggle too much, while introducing ideas that
In this session Wynn Anne will discuss tips and techniques on how to develop the child’s voice and teach them to sing in harmony!
As children’s music ministers, we are uniquely situated to advocate for the inclusion of children in the worship life of the community. The hymns
We will use singing, body percussion, movement, and drama – some of the gifts God gave us – to help bring God’s word to life in amazing ways for our children.
A session focusing on the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of children’s choir leaders.
A hands-on session and experience focusing on both the spiritual and musical nourishment of young singers.
Almost three years ago, at Highland Park UMC in Dallas, we created an All-Inclusive Choir and a service with the Special Needs Community. what we do, how we do it, and the Holy Spirit at work!
A hands-on session and experience focusing on sequential planning for and development of part singing skills.
Let’s explore a variety of fun resources, materials, games, and music for Grades 1-6 with an emphasis on music reading and singing skills.
A hands-on session and experience focusing on score study, rehearsal planning and rehearsal strategies.
When we step in front of a group of children, we become Herders of Cats. How to keep the Musician & Conductor inside us happy as…
A hands-on session and experience focusing on engaging children in worship and children leading worship.
A continuation of “Plan the Work – Work the Plan” in which we’ll look at specific anthems and discover the keys to the beautiful singing that is locked inside each one.
Are you involved in or interested in music ministry to refugee, immigrant, unrepresented, or underserved children? Let’s gather and discuss experiences and ideas. We will look at the Children’s Freedom Choir in Nashville and other innovative initiatives.
Leaders of younger children’s choirs will explore the Fruit of the Spirit theme and attributes from Galatians 5:22-23 through engaging music, activities, and …
Beautiful singing isn’t easy, but with the right tools, your rehearsals can become the conduit through which praising God through song becomes an act of …
A guide for producing a fun, musical, spiritual week of summer camp for children using Orff-Schulwerk as the guiding principal.
Leaders of older children’s choirs will explore the Fruit of the Spirit theme and attributes from Galatians 5:22-23 through engaging music, activities, and colorful resources. This session features Growing in Grace, a …
A session focusing on understanding the child voice and developmental experiences for singers of all shapes and sizes (speech-like singer…
We all agree that musical engagement should begin at an early age, but why does it matter so much? Join these children’s music leaders, advocates, and innovators as…