He Sent His Son Music Theory

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Don’t let the words “Music Theory” scare you!  Almost ZERO musical knowledge is required to utilize this He Sent His Son music theory singing time idea!

Camille's Primary Ideas: He Sent His Son Primary Singing Time Ideas music theory
Sister Pat Graham in her last workshop talked about putting the finishing touches or the “feeling” into He Sent His Son.
 
Often times this step gets skipped over for lack of time {GUILTY}.  We get those words memorized and the melody familiar and we are good to go, right?

Using the Songbook

Pages 300 – 304 of The Children’s Songbook is entitled Using the Songbook.  It provides some very valuable information about reading music, conducting and chording.

TIP: If you are new to music and/or singing time, I HIGHLY suggest reading this section!  Especially the “Explanation of Symbols and Terms” on pg. 303.  It provides more detail in some of the theory suggested below.

He Sent His Son Printable

I took the sheet music for He Sent His Son so it prints on 12 sheets of paper (6 sheets for each original page):

Camille's Primary Ideas: He Sent His Son Primary Singing Time Ideas Music Theory

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Trim off some excess borders to get it to hang together properly.

He Sent His Son Singing Time Idea

Before Primary, hang all 12 sheets of paper on the board using magnets or tape.  Then pull out some colored markers to mark up the whole thing in some fun COLOR!

Emotion Markings

All the songs in the songbook have an emotion marking.  Discuss how He Sent His Son is suggested to be sung “expressively” [it’s located just above the first measure]. 
 
Circle “expressively” and ask what that could mean.  Demonstrate singing it non-expressively:
  • slumped
  • hardly singing,

Have the pianist exaggerate this as well.  Then sing it expressively:

  • lifting eyebrows
  • showing emotion with faces
  • singing out

again, have the pianist help

Tempo Markings

Next show a metronome.  If you don’t own one, ask a neighbor, piano teacher, use a metronome app on your phone, or purchase one (Amazon affiliate link):

Circle the tempo speed (66-80) on the chart.  Play with the speed or TEMPO of the song.  Sing it slower than written, then faster, then the suggested speed.

Time Signature

Next discuss the time signature and circle it.  The time signature for He Sent His Son is 3/4.  

Pass out wands, pencils or some type of stick (optional) and let the Primary conduct the beat.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Primary singing time ribbon wands

Make a triangle, and always start down when on the first beat.  This song is tricky because because the singing doesn’t begin on the first beat!

Fermata

Favorite Zero to Little Prep Singing Time Ideas Printable Fermata
There is a fermata above the word “Son” in the sentence, “What does he ask? Live like his SON.”
 
Locate it and color it with a marker.  Practice holding the fermata, taking deep breathes, maybe even sitting up straight and breathing from your diaphragm instead of shrugging our shoulders.
 
Taking deep breathes shouldn’t involve shoulders, your tummy should expand.

Crescendos & Decrescendos

Camille's Primary Ideas: He Sent His Son Primary Singing Time Ideas Music Theory Crescendo Decrescendo
Discuss all the crescendos and decrescendos located all throughout the song.  These indicate where the song should get louder and softer.
 
Color those with another color.  Sing the song and really focus on following where to sing gradually louder and gradually sing softer.

Slurs

Camille's Primary Ideas: He Sent His Son Primary Singing Time Ideas Music Theory Slur
He Sent His Son also has lots of slurs (those rainbow-looking lines on the top).  Color all those, and also add breath marks in between each.
 
The slurs indicate legato (or smooth).  Use wands and make rainbows as you breathe, inhaling at the end of each rainbow and exhaling/singing as we make our rainbow.

Harmony

Camille's Primary Ideas: He Sent His Son Primary Singing Time Ideas Music Theory Harmonic Interval

If you really want to challenge your Primary, sing the harmony  on “Live like His son.” Have the girls sing the higher notes and the boys on the melody.  Color all the harmony notes and the melody notes.

Have the pianist play the parts separately, then together.

Related Scripture

Circle the suggested scriptures:

  • Moroni 7:48
  • 3 Nephi 27:21
  • John 3:16
  • John 13:15

Have the Primary hum the song while a child reads them.  It’s a also great time to give a brief testimony about the validity of Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon.

By the end of singing time, you have a nicely colored chart, the kids have learned some musical theory sung the song several times!

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5 thoughts on “He Sent His Son Music Theory”

  1. Thanks for sharing this! I did this in senior primary. Really surprised how many kids knew some of the musical terms. Then it opened my eyes how much my pianists processes when she plays. My senior kids really, really liked it, I felt it challenged them and engaged them. I had a beautiful, colorful song, and I felt the kids enjoyed the songs more. I did.
    I watered it down for Junior primary. THANKS for sharing as always!
    (I couldn't find the FB post so I am commenting on the blog post.)
    How did you make the large copy of the song? I might want to do this other songs.
    I did comparisons of songs, like different moods of songs, different song tempos. etc.
    I added the rit (spelling…hello), and the key signature (when the piansts plays black keys).
    THANKS!

  2. Hi Marla!

    I'm glad the lesson plan went well for you too! To enlarge the document, I downloaded (I may have purchased it for like $6.00) a program called Mindcad Tiler (after doing some serious Googling!!). It lets me insert any PDF document and add as many pages as I want. I've used it quite a bit.

    I hope that helps!!

    ~Camille

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