When I Do What’s Right I Feel Good Flip chart

I found a catchy song on the LDS Church website called ‘When I Do What’s Right I Feel Good’ by Margie Lindsay found here: https://www.lds.org/music/library/search?query=When+I+Do+What%27s+Right+I+Feel+Good&lang=eng&x=0&y=0

 

I made up a flip chart to go with it.  My Snr Primary LOVES the song, and I’m sure it’s one we can sing as long as I am Primary Music Leader :-)

Here is my flip chart: When I do whats right I feel good flipchart pdf

In Fasting We Approach Thee Here #139 Duet arrangement

My family was asked recently to do this hymn on Fast Sunday as a musical item.

 

Actually, my entire family was asked to sing it but I have a teenage son who ‘doesn’t sing’ (he’d rather feign sickness than sing a musical item and I prefer he came to church with us), I have a toddler who will sing at the top of her lungs if she’s supposed to be quiet, but she would scream through something like this.  And a husband and teenage daughter who adore singing.

 

I can sing, but who would practice the accompaniment with us at 11pm when my husband is available?  So my husband and daughter were volunteered as tribute, and I spent three weeks trying to get this arrangement together, which is quite a long time for me because…toddler!

 

It’s for Alto (my daughter is a Soprano, but managed this just fine first thing Sunday morning), and Tenor.

Here’s the pdf: In Fasting We Approach Thee

 

 

Dynamics and Italian Terms for Singing Time

I have one child in Primary who loves to torment me (why is there always one?).  Anyways, he said “Why don’t you teach us actual music?”  So I thought “Okay, I will”.  So I quickly made up these Dynamics and Italian Terms cards to use whenever I want to revise a song with the children.

 

Dynamics-and-Italian-Terms-picture-cropped

 

I did do them quickly, and added to them as I went so they’re not consistent.  Here are the secrets:-

 

The Dynamics cards are not back to back on each sheet.  Rather the first side of page 1 goes with the first side of page 2.  The second side of page 1 goes with the second side of page 2…if that makes sense.  Etc.

 

The Italian Terms cards are easier.  They’re on the same page.

 

Cut each little half page out, match it up and laminate.  I stuck a giant paddle pop stick onto one side of a page with sticky tape.  Then I stuck the matching side on with more tape.  Simple but effective.

 

If I were to print them out again, I would do all the Italian Term cards one colour, and all the Dynamics cards a different colour, but I’m not going to waste paper at this point.  Besides, it keeps the children on their toes :D

 

Just to avoid confusion, here are what the fronts and backs of each card is supposed to say:-

DYNAMICS:

P – Piano/Soft

F – Forte/Loud

(Rectangle hanging from a line) – Semibreve Rest/Whole Bar Rest

Sfz – Sforzando/Strong Accent

(Looks like a greater than sign) – Crescendo

(Looks like a less than sign) – Diminuendo

 

ITALIAN TERMS

Staccato – Short and Separate/Detached

Legato – Smoothly, Well Connected

Calando – Gradual decrease in volume and tempo

 

The children absolutely love these, especially Snr Primary.  I generally use two at a time for each verse of a song I want to revise.  I might throw in an extra ‘surprise’ in a verse.  Use Sfz sparingly.

 

Here are the pdf’s of the cards:

Italian Terms for Singing Time 1

Dynamics for Singing Time1

Pokémon Go Sing (Presentation Song Revision)

Aim: To capture each Presentation Pokemon

How to play:

1. Choose one player (can be a child or a teacher). Player walks to the Pokestop sign (I stuck mine up the back of the room on the wall). There will be two piles of cards underneath the Pokestop sign (I put the cards on a chair.  A small table works great too). Turn over a card in one pile to see how many poke balls they can throw. Turn over another card to see which Pokemon character and Presentation song is to be targeted with the poke balls/beanbags and sung at the same time by everyone.  They need to show you the cards, so you can warn the pianist which song they need to play next.

2. Have the larger card Pokemon characters lined up somewhere else in the room. (I had mine out the front). The player has to throw the assigned number of poke balls/bags and see if they can land on the character of the card they turned over at the Pokestop while the rest of Primary sing the Presentation song that goes with that character. If the child/teacher can’t hit it with the assigned number of poke balls, have them hand the pokebag to someone who hasn’t had a turn. Continue until the Pokemon is ‘caught’.

3. Once the Pokemon is ‘captured’, finish singing that song, and choose another child/teacher to start over again until all the Presentation Pokemons are caught.

What to print:

1. Pokemon Go Sing Sign (completely optional)
2. Pokestop Sign (stick this somewhere in the room with a small table in front)
3. Pokemon Characters
4. Presentation Songs
5. Smaller Pokemon Character cards and Poke ball number cards. Put these on the table in front of the Pokestop sign.
6. Backs of cards (optional)

You also need to make or purchase some Poke ball bean bags (or something that will land on the larger Pokemon character pictures.

How to set up:

1. Cut out a Primary Presentation song strip and stick it under a larger Pokemon Character. You can choose which song strip goes with which character. Continue until all your songs are assigned.
2. Cut out cards and backs. I usually paste the front of the cards on to the backs lightly before laminating. I am computer challenged, so I can’t guarantee the fronts will match up with the backs if you try and print double sided. I wouldn’t recommend it. The idea is so that the front of the cards aren’t see through.
3. Wonder how on earth to get Pokeball bean bags. Use any bean bags if you’re stuck. Or Hacky Sacks. Whatever will land on the Pokemon characters.  I hand sewed my own.

 

Variations: The teacher turns over the cards, and has some children help throw the pokeball bean bags.

 

Pokemon characters

Pokemon Go Sing backs for poke ball number cards

Pokemon Go Sing backs for Presentation Song Pokemons

Pokemon Go Sing backs mixed three of each

Pokemon Go Sing cards and backs

Pokemon Go Sing cards characters and poke ball numbers

Pokemon Go Sing sign

Pokestop Poster

Presentation Songs

I played this last week as my last revision before our Presentation Practices, and it was a huge success.  It had the full approval of my Primary Presidency, and EVERY single child was involved, including those who usually do not like to participate.  WOW!

 

The children in my primary didn’t want to sing as someone was throwing the pokebags, so we waited until the Pokémon had a pokebag on it, then we sang the song.  We had one child with special needs (who usually won’t leave their chair) come and acted as a ‘catcher’ each time a pokebag was thrown and missed, and return them to me.  Another returned the ‘caught’ Pokémon pictures to me.  It was a great way to get children with ASD involved!

 

The children did sing the songs beautifully though.  I thought they’d by hyper, but they weren’t.  They were very much engaged the entire time.

 

Search, Ponder and Pray arrangement for Solo Voice with Violin and Piano

A few months ago when I was thinking of the songs I wanted my Primary to sing for the Presentation this year, I had 12 songs that I definitely wanted them to do that tied in with the monthly themes.  However, I also wanted to do Search, Ponder and Pray – because to me, that sums up the yearly theme nicely.

 

To cut a long story short, and with my beautiful Primary President giving me complete freedom to whatever I feel is best for our Primary, I thought a solo would be perfect for this song.

 

I heard one version on You Tube that I loved, but there wasn’t any sheet music (I only listened to it once, that’s all I had time to do).  So with that version as my inspiration, I wrote my own arrangement.

Here it is:

Search Ponder and Pray (complete score)

Search Ponder and Pray Violin (violin part)

 

We performed it this week at Leadership training, and we received many positive comments and requests for the music.

 

On a side note, I added in the words to the Primary theme for this year’s Presentation “I know the scriptures are true” at the very end.  If you aren’t comfortable with changing words to songs, just repeat the words “I’ll know the scriptures are true” because that simply repeats the phrase and doesn’t add in anything new.

Valentine’s Day Songs with coloured hearts

Valentines-Day-Singing-Hearts-page-3-demoNeeding a fun but simple activity tomorrow for Valentines Day, I decided to print up some coloured hearts and attach songs.

 

Coloured hearts…because they don’t all have to be red!

 

How to: Choose a child (or a teacher) to choose a heart, and then sing that song.

 

I have included blank hearts if you’d like to use them as backs, or to write your own songs on them.

Here they are: Valentines Day Singing Hearts

 

Variation: Have the child or teacher who chose the heart eat a block of chocolate with a plastic knife and fork.  Then quickly have someone else come up and choose the next heart, then they swap with the person eating the chocolate (new knife and fork of course).  You’ll have everyone’s attention!

 

Edited to add: I did the chocolate with my Snr Primary today.  I had more children than I thought, and had taken extra blocks of chocolate and enough plastic knives and forks to cater for that, so all was good.  I had 2 or 3 children come up at a time so everyone was able to have a turn.  Worked beautifully!

 

Need simplified primary songs?

I have come across two great sites with kind people who have simplified Primary songs, free to download.  I know it must have taken them hours and hours to do.

 

There is D’Net Layton’s site here.  She has made the songs very simple, included colour pictures from the Primary Songbook and has some pre-reading songs too (notes with finger numbers, not on the stave).

There is also Michael and Heather Smuthwaite who have kept the songs in their original key from the Children’s Songbook, added fingering and have a feature where you can listen to the song as well.  Their site is here.  They also have some simplified hymns and choir arrangements.

I don’t have a primary pianist called as yet, but I have someone fill in for me (except the one Sunday she teaches RS.  She’d much rather be in Primary!).  I have a student of mine in Snr Primary play simplified Primary Songs while Snr Primary is walking in to Opening Exercises, and our Jnr Primary is making their way back from having a drink and/or going to the toilet.  We sing along with my student, which get the attention of the children.  It’s a great confidence booster for her. It also gives our Presidency the opportunity to check that the children giving the talk, scripture and prayer are present on the day.

 

 

Freeze Like This – Action Song

Once we had completed our hard work today, learning If I Listen With My Heart, I did ‘Freeze Like This’ with Jnr Primary.

 

I printed out the pictures from Kami’s Primary Music Ideas site (link here) and pasted them on to thick cardboard.

 

My Jnr Primary were already sitting in a big circle on their chairs, so I had them stand up in front of me, in the middle of the room.

 

Go through the original song with the children, then show them the pictures.  Can they stand like this? (show them the first card).

 

If you’re happy and you know it, freeze like this (show a card)

If you’re happy and you know it, freeze like this (show another card)

If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it

If you’re happy and you know it, freeze like this (show another card).

 

The children absolutely LOVED it!  We started off really slow for the first time through the cards, then did it faster.  The children got their wiggles out, and the teachers commented afterwards that they thought it was such a great way to do the song.  The sunbeam children asked to sing it again in their class.

 

I did it with Snr Primary too, to see what they would think (was it too babyish for them?)  They really enjoyed it too, especially the Snr boys.

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