Friday, July 6, 2012

Mini Summer Music Training Camp

 At the beginning of singing time, pass out to each child a "travel bag".  (click here for the image to print!)
At each "Training Station" they will receive something to put in their bag.

Our First Train Station Stop is:  Be on Time

Pass out straws to each child and show them how to lead for each 3/4, 4/4, 2/4, and 6/8 time (show them quickly).  Then sing each of these songs in a row while they follow you on how to lead that time:

You should stand with your back to them while you lead, so they can easily follow you.
-As a Child of God (3/4 time)
-Choose the Right (4/4 time)
-When I am Baptized (2/4 time)
-I'm Trying to be like Jesus (6/8 time)

Make sure at the end of this Station to ask them to put their straw in their bag.

The Second Stop is:  Be Dynamic

They will receive a copy of the music language dice that they can take home to color and put together.  Discuss singing loud like a watch dog (ff), soft like a butterfly (p), tempo fast like a race horse (allegro) and slow like a turtle (andante), disconnected like a chicken pecking for food (staccato), and connected like a duck swimming (legato). 

Show them the music language dice (found here).  Have one child roll it, then sing the first verse of Nephi's Courage.  Repeat this for verse 2 and 3. 

The last stop is the station:  I've got Rhythm

Children will decorate paper plate tambourines.  If there is time, we will use them to sing The Wise Man and the Foolish Man.

To make these, fold a paper plate in half and put about a tablespoon of rice, beans, or popcorn kernels and staple together.  Let them draw on them with markers or crayons.

Let them put their tambourine in their Travel Bag at the end to take home.

Send them home with a Choo Choo treat.  (click here for the choo choo graphic).  Pick any "Chewy" treat you'd like!!!

Tell them thanks for attending the Mini Summer Music Training Camp!!!  and to bring their skills home to teach their family for FHE!!!


  1. This is so awesome! My primary has 150+ kids, I don't think I could all of this for them. But I can definitely work it somehow. I love it!!

  2. This sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing!