NEW MUSIC LEADERS
Welcome to Your New Calling!
If you are new to this calling and searching for any help you can find to get started, you’ve come to the right place!
For starters, make sure you keep this quote by Elder Bednar in mind:
My main goal with this blog is to post weekly lesson plans so other music leaders can simply implement them into their own primaries. Join my email list to get my upcoming monthly agendas (aka “Singing Time Schedules”) and other random items that may pop up with this calling!
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This singing time idea is what I recommend for your first week as primary music leader: Here We Are Together
When to prepare for your weekly singing time…isn’t that the weekly question you often ask yourself? If you wait until the last minute to prepare you may find yourself hating your calling and your weekend!! You’ll also find that your primary kids may not be too happy as they usually
How DO you teach a primary song? It seems a simple question with a simple answer. Yet, it can be terribly hard and confusing teaching a basic primary song to primary kids! Especially if a lot of them are non-readers! I have simple steps for how to effectively teach a
Occasionally, we have to miss singing time due to family functions, vacation plans, illness, emergencies, the list goes on. So what do you do when you are in need of a sub, either last minute or something that has been planned out well in advance? Well, you get one, of
Have you ever dealt with Sister So-And-So or Brother What’s-His-Name who is openly and repeatedly critical of how you are handling your calling? They’ve made it their mission to inform you of the “correct” way to do things, what changes you need to implement and how you can be better?
This topic comes up A LOT amongst primary music leaders – reverence in singing time! With it being a new year with new little Sunbeams, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss ways to help maintain reverence during singing time! You might also find my post for “HOW To
Have you ever wondered what the official name of this calling is? Is it Primary Music Leader or Primary Chorister? Are the names used interchangeably and does it even matter? What’s the difference? I received an email from a sweet sister who suggested I change some verbiage on my website.
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Here’s my list of what I think are the top 9 BEST singing time props and supplies to purchase for primary. These items are all versatile and are what I have come to personally know, love and recommend! If you follow me, none of the items will come as a
I finally got a new PRINTER! I’m pretty stoked about it (this excitement over a printer is adulting at it’s finest, folks!). But my main reason for sharing (even though I really do love this new machine and want to shout it from the rooftops) is I know the question
In a previous ward, I loved our choosing sticks…as opposed to my current ward. So I decided to make some. And since it’s January, I thought it was perfect timing…They are super simple and pretty self explanatory. I wasn’t very particular if they were painted evenly so it took me
I wanted to briefly discuss using the chalkboard in singing time. I’ve noticed several comments on FB Saturday night from various music leaders around the world asking for help as they have no idea what to do last minute for singing time the next day. I usually comment with an
Each week in primary, before I delve into my primary lesson plan, I spend a few minutes singing a scripture song. When we study Doctrine & Covenants with the new Come Follow Me curriculum, we’ll work on the Articles of Faith songs. You can see what I’ve done for the New
Every year for Christmas, our primary hands out a primary music CD as our Christmas gift. It contains the 36 suggested songs found in the Come Follow Me Music for Singing Time 2020. (find more information on Music for Singing Time 2020 HERE). If you feel CD’s are a thing
This is part 1 in my SINGING TIME ORGANIZATION SERIES! It focuses on creating a singing time schedule. Or maybe better put, how to create a singing time routine so everyone knows what to expect, including you! I keep myself organized in primary with this singing time schedule. It’s very simple
This is Part 2 in my SINGING TIME ORGANIZATION SERIES. This is how I keep myself together during singing time. Introducing…the singing time binder. I’d be lost without my binder! It’s funny though because it’s not very full and it’s not huge (it’s the 1/2 inch size). It contains only the
I thought I’d focus my Staying Organized series on how I organize a monthly routine. Someone asked this question so I thought I’d share what I like to do. Obviously I use the 3 suggested songs for the month as my guide (more details on that HERE) but I feel there
For this SINGING TIME ORGANIZATION SERIES topic, I want to discuss filing! Ugh! It’s a dreaded word and plagues us all in one form or another! Singing time filing is no different! If you create and store materials, you want to be able to easily access them at a later date.
This SINGING TIME ORGANIZATION SERIES discusses the types of equipment & supplies I keep on hand in order to prepare my weekly singing time lessons. What type of laminator to purchase for singing time is a frequently asked question. You can assume the obvious – a computer, printer, paper, glue, etc.
There are always great discussions on Primary Music Leaders Facebook group! Ones that sometimes you’d never think to even discuss. The topic of singing time magnets is one such topic! If you do a quick search for “magnets,” TONS of conversation starters pop up! Anyway, I wanted to share my
This SINGING TIME ORGANIZATION SERIES post focuses on how to stay organized when teaching! This is one of my favorite posts in this series if I’m being biased! Maybe it’s because I’m in love with this adorable caddy! Occasionally I stumble into Primary a tad late (I’ve got 6 kids
This SINGING TIME ORGANIZATION SERIES post focuses on limited resources or time! Is it possible to magnify your singing time calling when you have little time or money? Do you have to sacrifice one to have the other? I believe the answer is no! You can still have a quality
Keep track of singing time! Your primary will better stay on schedule with this customizable singing time clock printable! If you’ve ever been short on time or wondered what-is-supposed-to-happen-when in primary, this clock printable is for you! Primary presidencies, primary music leaders, pianists and primary teachers all benefit! This is
Tips for navigating my site
At the top of my website are several “tabs” I’ve created (that apparently you have found if you are reading this!) that I feel will be the most beneficial to you. Here are a few more details about those tabs:
SHOP: If I’m being biased, this is my favorite. Find out where I purchase the supplies I recommend and use most with my lesson plans.
Index tab: This will help you navigate through my website. Use the drop-down!
- Posting Words: This is a tool I use that saves me from singing solos and gets more kids and teachers singing
- Review Activities: This is a list of my go-to activities to review any songs(s)
- Lesson Plans: Easily find what I have posted over the years throughout my blog all organized by song titles and categories.
Take a look around! If I can be of further assistance, contact me thru the “Contact” link above (hover over the “About” tab to see it) or by leaving a comment anywhere, anytime and I’ll respond as soon as I can. Hopefully there’s something here that can help with your awesome calling!
Make singing time easy!
Follow my monthly schedule!
It is simple, but it works! Keep yourself, your pianist, any substitutes and those conducting primary on the same page.