The Shepherd’s Carol is one of my FAVORITE Primary Christmas songs in the Children’s Songbook. The melody is simple! Sing it in a round and it’s stunning! Add the handbell chart for an engaging The Shepherd’s Carol Primary singing time idea.
The Shepherd's Carol Printables
To teach The Shepherd’s Carol in singing time, you need this flip chart:
Then you also need The Shepherd’s Carol handbell chart. It plays the bottom hand of the accompaniment. This way, no matter what parts are being sung, the handbells always match!
Page 4 of the handbell chart is simply to end the bell choir. It’s not written in the accompaniment but it sounds better if you end with this last note, trust me ;). Only play it once, after you have repeated as many times as you need.
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Print on white card stock and place in a sheet protectors.
How to Use Handbells in Singing time
If you are new to handbells make sure to check out my post for using handbells in Primary.
The Shepherd's Carol Singing Time Idea
To introduce the song, hang the flip chart pages on the board. Have the Primary listen to the piano as you point to each page. No singing.
The second time, you and the teachers sing it. Then the 3rd time ask the Primary to sing it with you. The real learning comes when you sing it over and over again using the handbells.
The Shepherd's Carol Handbell Chart
- 1st time – with the piano, no singing
- 2nd time – as the Primary sings the 1st verse
- 3rd time – as the Primary sings the 2nd verse
- 4th time – the first half of the Primary comes in while the other half of the Primary starts 5 measures later (the second line of the music singing in a round)
- 5th time – the first half the Primary comes in singing the 2nd verse,= while the other half of the Primary starts 5 measures later (the second line of the music singing in a round)
- 6th time – the second half of the Primary finishes the 2nd verse as the bells play alone the last 5 measures, ending with page 4 of the bell chart.
TIP: have a Primary teacher or presidency member lead each group while you lead the bell choir.
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More Handbell Charts
I also have TONS of handbell charts for Christmas and other songs! Find my big list of handbell note charts.
These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > The Shepherd’s Carol.