Bonnie Beeman, children’s music consultant, has compiled several resources to assist the children’s choir program in your church and answer frequently asked questions.
In addition to the resources, the children’s music consultant is available to assist churches who have questions about starting a children’s choir program, customizing existing programs or providing training for leaders.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Which literature should I use?
The Children’s Music Series from Lifeway is the best graded, sequential, and easy to use material. Go to www.lifeway.com/cms to see and hear products available. These products are geared for ages 4-5, 1st -3rd grade, and 4th -6th grade
How can I use the literature if I only have a small group of children ages 3-12?
The best solution is to choose the 1st-3rd grade literature and adapt it for the younger children and enlarge it for the older children. Music suggestions for 3-year-olds are available online at LifeWay.
Are there any other series from LifeWay?
Made for Praise is an undated series that can be used for any size groups. It also comes in three age divisions but can be adapted to fit a wide range of age groups. Details about this source can be found on the LifeWay website.
Are any materials available at the Baptist Building in Alexandria?
There are several kits from previous years that can be donated to churches. These are basic kits with all of the teaching resources and CD’s included. However, there are few, if any, student books available and they cannot be ordered from years past. This problem could be remedied by asking a neighbor church if they would donate their books at the end of their choir year.
Extra Resources for Children’s Choirs
- www.saltandlightmin.org (Motions, movt. etc.)
- www.kidology.org (younger children materials)
- www.musicmotion.com( music in motion magazine-books, props, games etc.)
- www.westmusic.com (Instruments)
- www.friendshiphouse.com (Instruments)
Props, sets, etc
- Teaching Kids Authentic Worship by Kathleen Chapman
- Transforming Kids into Spiritual Champions by George Barna
- Points of Praise- Salt and Light Ministry– Jeff Smith
- Karyn Henly, www.karynhenly.com, 100 Ways to Teach Your Child About God
- Big Book of Music Games (reproducible music charts, notes, games, etc.)
- Keep’em Singing
- 1-2-3-Echo Me by Loretta Mitchel[/su_spoiler]
- LifeWay– Made for Praise
- Deliberate Kids ( rock, up beat songs–Lord’s Prayer, Books of New Test.)
- Kathie Hill Music
- Pam Andrews Music — dramatic readings
- Vision Publications
- G3 Worship — contemporary praise
- Integrity Music
- www.hisandhernandezmusic.com – scripture (Scripture Songs)
- Dennis and Nan Allen– email@example.com (Musicals, downloadable songs,etc)
- Hymn Treasures – firstname.lastname@example.org (hymn memory)
- On With the Beat
- Rich Nelson
- Uncle Charlie– Worship Kids
- Fish Song-Laurie Berkner–preschool & younger children, i-tunes download
- Crazy Praise—vol. 1-4 DVD kit
- Imagination Movers