To Be a Pioneer Singing Time Ideas


These To Be a Pioneer singing time ideas use chimes and church history artwork! Your primary will love creating “authentic” pioneer music during singing time!!

Camille's Primary Ideas: To Be a Pioneer Singing Time Ideas using chimes and pictures of pioneers

The pioneers are part of our entire church’s heritage and it’s worth celebrating wherever you live.  So don’t feel like you can’t celebrate the pioneers because you don’t live in Utah!

Use Chimes

I LOVE pulling in chimes during the summer months to celebrate Pioneer Day!  Kind of old-fashioned, homemade instruments that pioneers may have used to create music!
Find more details on obtaining chimes for your primary HERE.
Camille's Primary Ideas: Chimes for Singing Time

If you’ve never used chimes in singing time, check out my post HERE for using handbells in primary – which applies to chimes as well!

Pioneer History Pictures

In addition to chimes, find pioneer pictures in the Gospel Art Book [GAB] found HERE and HERE to post on the board.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Pioneer Day singing time ideas
Camille's Primary Ideas: Pioneer Day singing time ideas

Singing Time Idea

Quickly discuss how pioneers and their children did lots of singing.  Music brought joy into their lives that would otherwise be very monotonous and dull.  Just like pioneers, we can also bring joy into our own lives through music!
Pass out the chimes and ring and sing To Be a Pioneer.  Make sure to post the words like I do HERE.
Camille's Primary Ideas: posting words for singing time, singing time flip charts

To Be a Pioneer Chime Chart

This chime chart is for the optional descant (also works with handbells).

Camille's Primary Ideas: To Be a Pioneer singing time ideas using chimes and handbells

Access these printables at my Resource Library.  Instructions for accessing the Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

More Pioneer Day Chime Charts

Scroll through all the chime/handbell charts I have for the pioneer songs listed in the Children’s Songbook HERE.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Big list of Handbell Note Charts singing time ideas

More Pioneer Day Singing Time Ideas

Then make sure to also check out all of my Pioneer Day singing time activities HERE.
Then make sure to also check out all of my Pioneer Day singing time activities HERE.
Pioneer Day Singing Time Wagon Wheel of Fortune

Check out this quick tutorial video for accessing the Resource Library:

These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > To Be a Pioneer and Category Title > Make-Your-Own Handbell Charts (for the chime tags).


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7 thoughts on “To Be a Pioneer Singing Time Ideas”

  1. I LOVE how you added tags!!! I have a set someone donated to the school, but they're numbered. I'm totally going to make tags like yours. Thanks!

  2. Just curious how you managed this song? Did you direct the chimes descant while the pianist played the melody along with children singing the melody or did you sing the melody as a whole group first and then sing the descant along with the chimes second? My children do not know this song so I would have to teach it first if they were singing along. I could also see playing the cd of the song and having children follow along singing while I directed the children with chimes to follow the chart as I pointed to each note. Just curious how you have managed this best!

  3. Hi Lynn,

    I think most of your quesions can be answered with my post here called "Using Handbells in Primary" that goes into a lot more detail:

    But let me directly answer a few of your questions:

    I always direct the descant. I get another leader (usually a primary presidency member) to lead the rest of the group with the song. The pianist always just plays the melody. Usually the kids are unfamiliar with the song but that's okay. We'll sing it through maybe twice before pulling out the bells/chimes either with the CD or just with the piano and we just plow through it, posting the words too. Since we are repeating the song over and over again, by the end of singing time, they get pretty familiar with it. And even if they don't KNOW the song by the end, at least they've been exposed to yet another song in the songbook – which I'd call a win :).

    I hope that answers your questions some.


  4. I see that the chimes company only has music with the chimes playing the whole song and that makes it impossible to have children sing along with them since it makes it very slow. I see your wisdom in having the chimes or bells playing the descant and not taking away from the singing and also using the ideas you shared on the section on how to use chimes/bells to add variety. So, thanks again. I am working on a way to get the bells either with my own money or going in on it with the other ward in our building. Do you own any of the instruments you use in primary or just use ward budget?

  5. A majority of what I use, I purchase myself. I figure that other choristers who follow me may or may not use what I buy so I hate to waste church funds. Our primary did purchase the handbell set using ward funds. They aren't cheap and I'm not sure I'd be okay with the primary kids handling the bells if they were my own. The pipes were pretty inexpensive and there's really no way to break those :).

  6. Im looking to making or buy some chimes, what set is best for primary. i'm learn all the in and out of teaching music from you blog. thank you so much for your blog. it is awewsome filled with great ideas and hints.

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