Thursday, December 18, 2014

January Music Workshop!

I will be presenting a workshop for music leaders at Day Murray Music, 4914 S. State, Murray UT on Saturday, January 16th 2016 from 10:00am - noon.  I will give ideas for the songs in the 2016 Children's Sacrament Meeting Program.  Please register at, or, or call Bonita 801-266-3537.  Hope to meet you there!  Pat

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Just in time for the holidays...

The Power of Music contains 578 quotations about the value of music. The book is an ideal gift for music lovers, students, and teachers. Get a sneak peak at the pages below where you can browse the cover, the introduction, the table of contents, a chapter picture page, and a sample page of quotations.  I hope you will find a statement that "speaks" to you.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Happy New Year, dear Music Friends!

Here are some materials for the Primary 2014 music curriculum from my annual workshop (see below).  My intent is to save you some time and share ideas for teaching.

First, I have made a monthly outline of all the songs needed for each month, in singing time or sharing time.  You could schedule them as opening songs so that they are ready when needed in a sharing time activity.  The outline is made from the “short list” of songs that are available worldwide—so that is why some obvious songs that would support a message, like Honesty, are not in the official outline.  I have listed them with a ? for you to consider.

Second, my workshop outline is the same every year but I use scheduled songs to try and demonstrate the principles I teach.

Third, a lesson plan for every song in the songbook is already prepared in “A Children’s Songbook Companion.” As I have explained before, this book was part of our assignment when preparing the Children’s Songbook.  The manual was approved through Correlation, but just before press date, a decision was made to not publish Church materials that could not be translated and used worldwide.  So, after sitting on our “gold-mine” of plans (written by presenters at the BYU Church Music Workshop over many years, plus additions by our committee), we published it ourselves, minus the Primary stewardship section.  The book has a new cover, so it is no longer “The Green Bible.”  The content is exactly the same, but has an updated feel to draw attention on store shelves.

Fourth, I have prepared suggested lesson plans for “The Family is of God” and the two hymns, “I Stand All Amazed” and “Let the Holy Spirit Guide.”  They are, of course, based on the same method we outlined on page 300 of the Children’s Songbook:  State what the message of the song is, plan an attention-getter to start the song, and ask questions that can be answered by listening to the singing.  Repeat the song many times using a variety of reasons (actions, movement, stop/go, words/hum, dynamics always emphasizing understanding).

Fifth, I wrote a verse to “Follow the Prophet” some years ago about President Monson.  I have drawn four simple pictures that can fold into a little booklet.  It is nice to help children learn words while coloring, and then they have a way to teach it to their family for FHE.  This year, “The Christmas Train” was published by Deseret Book, which is the story I was referencing. Children may be familiar with that book and it’s beautiful pictures.In May, the children are to make a verse to “Follow the Prophet” during sharing time, so this could be an example.  Also see my “Lehi” verse, which goes to the tune of “Book of Mormon Stories.”
Good luck as you help teach children the gospel through music this year.  You have a wonderful opportunity to help strengthen our future leaders.

Love, Pat

MONTHLY OUTLINE                                                         


"A Children’s Songbook Companion

The Family Is of God

Hymns: "I Stand All Amazed"
and "Let the Holy Spirit Guide"



Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Nativity Pictures

When I wrote "The Nativity Song" (Children's Songbook page 52) I was planning a Christmas program and wanted to do the Nativity without costumes. I drew posterboard-size figures for children to hold instead. Each picture can be enlarged with an opaque projector. Use one color for each character and draw the lines with a black marker. Cut out separate light pink construction paper face and hands and glue in place. Add eyes, etc. and figure is complete. Two characters are put in place with each verse of the song. My figures are laminated and were made in 1979--we still use them every year!

Lehi's Vision

The picture of the Vision of the Tree of Life is from my Hill Cumorah Coloring Book (Ten Book of Mormon scenes, plus information about the Pageant) It can be used with "The Iron Rod" Hymn 274.

My Heavenly Father Loves Me - Ideas

Enlarge each picture to a square about 8 1/2 " X 8 1/2" Draw with marker and use crayon or chalk to color. Laminate. Give the first 8 pictures to 8 children and ask them to listen to find where their picture comes. Children could stand in order, or attach pictures with clothespins to a cord or rope, or use 4 pant hangers--two pictures per hanger. Pictures can be removed one or two at a time to check if the children know the words. For a small group of children, copy and cut a small set of pictures for each child and let them color and arrange in order. Suggest they use for FHE. Provide an envelope to send them home in. Clarify the ascending scale for "I'm glad that I live in this beau-ti (same pitch) ful (skip down) world" (see large notes in the music). Teachers or a few girls could sing the small note harmony.

Follow The Prophet Faces - Part 1

Back in May, I said I would start posting these "Follow The Prophet" faces each month. Well, summer got busy and I never "followed the promise!" So here they finally are in three consecutive posts. Enjoy!