Have your primary take over for you with this fun YOU Be the Conductor review activity! They will love learning how to lead music in singing time and that it’s more than just waving your arms!
This is a wonderful and simple way to have any song you need to review over and over again. So put the kids in charge and let them be the conductor. As the primary music leader, they need to do 3 things:
- Know the words and sing them loudly to the Primary
- Wave their conductor stick as we sing
- Make sure the other kids are singing. If kids are not, the conductor can point them out with their conductor stick (we’ll see if this one flies. I don’t want hurt feelings).
So after I introduce my activity, I’ll pick a conductor and let them come up and choose a conductor stick:
Older children will enjoy learning how to really conduct while younger children will have fun either mimicking you or coming up with their own moves!
If you want to begin to teach children the basics of leading music, have them slap their legs (for the down beat, or beat 1), then clap (for 2/4), clap again (for 3/4), and clap again (for 4/4).
Thank you to kids toys! If you don’t have a toy collection of conductor sticks, I’d suggest cooking utensils or get creative…any other suggestions? Leave a comment.
Hopefully each child will get to come up and be the conductor. While the kids are conducting, I’ll go sit myself in their seat – a fair trade! If I start to get crunched on time, I’ll have more than one child at a time.
4 thoughts on “YOU Be the Conductor! ~ Review Activity”
I am in the same boat this week… This is a perfect solution for me! Thanks for all of your great ideas, and the time you take to share!
I do this activity a couple times a year. The children's favorite thing they choose is a toilet plunger. (Unused of course) They love leading with that one.
I did this today and it was a hit. It was SOOO easy, and the kids loved it! Our most popular conductors baton was a light saber. Thanks for the great idea!
Thanks for the inspiration: Here's how I expanded your idea to teach about the Priesthood in Oct. 2012.
Quick explanation/Q&A of the skills you need to "LEAD" the music.Be sure to include that I was called and set apart to be the music leader. Sing The Priesthood is Restored.Testify how grateful I am that the Priesthood was restored so I could receive a blessing to know how to lead the music each week.
AS above… give the kids opportunities to "lead" their favorite songs.
Conclude: Just as I gave you different tools to lead the music, Heavenly Father has restored the power of the Priesthood to Lead His children. Could a man without the Priesthood be the Bishop or the Prophet? No. I couldn't be the music leader unless a Priesthood holder called me to serve as the leader and set me apart to lead. Each of you is a Child of God and you are blessed by the priesthood. Conclude with I Am A Child of God. Tell them to listen for the words Lead Me in the song as they all help lead the music together.
Well that's my intentions at least. I'll have to follow up to let you know if it works or how it evolves.
Keep the posts coming. They are helpful!