2023 Singing Time Primary Music Workshop

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Do you feel like you have enough support as a primary music leader?  Or are you at the stake level looking to provide helpful information to your primary music leaders?  This 2023 singing time workshop is aimed to make you feel more prepared as a primary music leader!  And also give ideas for stake leaders leading creating a stake singing time workshop.

Camille's Primary Ideas: 2023 Stake Primary Workshop singing time ideas

I have taught stake workshops a few times but I’ll be honest, they aren’t my favorite.  I enjoy typing away in the comforts of my home office ;).  It takes a lot of time and energy away from my family to put on workshops.  Besides, I am able to reach such a broader audience through my little corner of the internet.

So I created this “virtual” primary music workshop.  You can work through the various sections at your own pace and your own time!  If you have questions, leave a comment as I’d love to respond!

Available to download is a 2023 Singing Time Primary Music handout that follows the information presented below.  However, there is WAY more information linked below that I could ever put in a handout.  So for the sake of space, I’ve condensed the handout considerably.

Camille's Primary Ideas: 2023 Stake Primary Workshop singing time ideas
Camille's Primary Ideas: 2023 Stake Primary Workshop singing time ideas

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

So let’s delve right in with my 2023 Singing Time Primary Music Workshop!

How to Teach a Song

I can’t tell you how often this question is asked, “How do you teach a primary song?”  This basic concept can be really daunting but once you understand the process, it’s really simple!

I have a post HERE that goes all in to detail, including a video.  I’ve linked the video here for your convenience:

But here’s a quick summary of that post and video:

  1. You are the most important tool in teaching the kids!  Not the props you bring, not your lesson plan and not even your musical capabilities.  Only YOU and your attitude you bring to primary!
  2. The only way for children to learn a song is to hear it over and over again. Get creative and repeat as differently as I can so neither they (nor I) get bored.
  3. Bear your testimony.  It doesn’t need to (and probably should’t) be elaborate.  Try to leave one minute at the end of your allotted time to reinforce the meaning of the song.  This is all it takes to bear your testimony of its message.  After all, our main focus isn’t learning songs.  It’s learning doctrine and feeling the spirit through music.
  4. Involve the Lord. You were called for a reason, and if you hang in the calling long enough (I suggest at least 3 months), you may find out why.

Stay Organized

I have an entire Singing Time Organization Series to help Primary Music Leaders stay organized in singing time!  If you want to be successful, you need a plan.  Even if it’s a simple map of the year with what songs you and the primary presidency plan to teach.

I HIGHLY suggest reading through all of my Singing Time Organization Series posts HERE.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Singing Time Organization Series Cover

Singing Time Organization Series includes:

  • Singing Time Schedule
  • Singing Time Binder
  • A Monthly Routine
  • Filing
  • More!

Singing Time Resources

There are SO many resources for singing time!  Some you may or may not be familiar with!  Here are a few of my favorites:

Music for Singing Time

This is probably the most important information to help you with singing time!  This is a basic outline of what should be taught in singing time put out by the church.  Check out my post HERE with all the 2023 Music for Singing Time information!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Music for Singing Time 2023

Don’t forget to share this list of music primary kids!  Give them a them a 2023 Digital Playlist!  I have more details on how I do that with our primary HERE.

Camille's Primary Ideas: New Testament Digital Playlist

Conducting Course

If you are looking for help with basic music, the church has a Conducting Course.  Find more details on this course HERE.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Learn to lead singing time using the church's Conducting Course

A Children's Songbook Companion

This book by sister Pat Graham (who helped put together the Children’s Songbook) is a wonderful resource that has been through church correlation but not published by the church.

When I’m drawing a blank on coming up with a lesson plan idea, this is a go-to for me! It’s now available to download (completely free) HERE.

A Children's Songbook Companion - A great resource for singing time

Primary Music Leaders FB Group

If you aren’t part of this Facebook group, you are missing out!  So many wonderful ideas, thoughts, troubles, you name it are presented in this group!

This post HERE contains more details but you can easily search it out on Facebook.  It’s named Latter-day Saint Primary Music Leaders.  I highly recommend you join today!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Primary Music Leaders Facebook Group is a great resource for singing time ideas

The Board

Yes, I’m talking about the good ol’ chalkboard or white board!  This valuable tool is often underrated! You can tweak almost any activity to only involve the board.  I have an entire post dedicated to getting the most out of your board HERE.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Using just the chalkboard for your primary singing time lesson plan

New Music Leaders Tab

Yes, I’m tooting my own horn here!  But my “New music Leaders” tab at the top of  my website (or find it HERE) provides TONS of helpful information.  Lots of it I’ve already linked here.

Camille's Primary Ideas: New Primary Music Leaders tab

It contains information that I deem the most helpful for NEW (and old!) Primary Music Leaders.  I constantly update it so if you’ve read it before, you may want to check it again for updates!

Suggested Singing Time Supplies

Even the greatest primary music leader uses a few props now and then!  I have a list HERE of my top 9 favorite singing time props to purchase.  These are my favorite because they are the most versatile!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Top 9 best singing time props to buy

This list includes:

  1. The Gospel Art Book
  2. Handbells
  3. Music Bag Starter Kit
  4. Ribbon Wands (also included in the kit above)
  5. Scarves
  6. A Children’s Songbook Companion (mentioned earlier)
  7. Laminators
  8. Magnets
  9. Caddy

Common Issues

Let’s face it – singing time is hard!  But we all face similar troubles.  Here are just a few of them I have addressed throughout my website:

Reverence in Singing Time

If your primary struggles (occasionally or all the time), know you are not alone!  Check out my posts HERE that center all around maintaining reverence in singing time.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Maintaining Reverence in singing time

Singing Time Substitute

As great as we are, the Primary Music Leader occasionally has to be absent.  Check out ideas for getting a sub HERE.

Camille's Primary Ideas Finding Primary Music Leader Substitutes

I have so many more posts that you can scroll through HERE on other common issues in singing time.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave a comment!  I absolutely love singing time and am here to help any way I can!

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

These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Category Title > Stake Workshop.

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Camille's Primary Ideas: Jesus Once Was a Little Child Singing Time Ideas using scarf actions

Jesus Once Was A Little Child Singing Time Ideas

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Camille's Primary Ideas: A Child's Prayer Singing Time Ideas

A Child’s Prayer Singing Time Ideas

These singing time ideas for teaching A Child’s Prayer will help your primary fall in love all over again with this beloved primary song!  And don’t shy away from it because it’s a double melody!  That just adds to its beauty!

Gain access to ALL my free lesson plan printables

Hundreds of printables organized by song title and category that coincide with my singing time lesson plan posts!

New Primary Music Leader?

I’ll send you all my well-organized resources for new primary leaders!

Make singing time easy!

Get it to-go!

Singing time just got even easier!  With my Singing Time To-Go, all you have to do is print!  Be prepared for the entire month – every month!