Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Learning To Lead Music

Another successful activity!  Today I decided to talk a little about music with the girls.  We talked about music and how there was uplifting music and music that can chase the spirit away.  Then, I showed the girls a short clip (about 3 minutes) from lds.org (link HERE).  

 Then, we made our conductor batons.  I got some dowels from Walmart (any craft store should have them) and found these foam marshmallow-looking things from Michaels.  Before the girls came, I had the dowels already painted and put 2 foam shapes on the end and hot glued them on.  
 I let the girls bedazzle their handles with some gems (I bought a big thing of gems at Hobby Lobby 2.5 years ago when I got this calling and have used it countless times...the jar never seems to get any smaller!).  After that, we had a lesson on why leading music is important.  We talked about it is a skill they will use in Young Womens, future callings, as missionaries, etc.  It is a good skill to have and easy to master.  
 We went through each of the different counts and how to perform them.  I found THIS fantastic guide to leading music that I printed off for the girls to keep in their binders for future reference.  We went through some different primary songs that had the different counts to learn the movements.  Some links to the songs are found HERE.  
 We ended up by writing thank you notes for our primary chorister and pianist, and I bought some Symphony bars to take to them.  
We of course ended up with a quick treat.  I saw this cute variation to the pretzel/rolo treats somewhere and thought we'd try them out.  Yum :)

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