Reply To: Classical Music Resources.

  • Steve Skrabacz

    May 23, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    I’ll take a stab at this, even though I can’t claim this is classical per se. I’ll confine my answer to young ones (up to age 8 or so); I’ve spent about 5 years with a group of 50 preschoolers through 7 year olds, with me on the guitar.

    getting their bodies moving is key. I’ve found sign language dictionaries to be helpful with hand motions (e.g., Look up “Jesus.” Why does Jesus look like that?) The hand motions are lessons unto themselves; singing the songs with the hand motions simply reinforces the lessons and gives you many opportunities to quiz them on the meanings.

    Half my material is from Rob Evans (the “Donut Man”) or someone like him. I’ve gotten alot of traction with his “I’m so wonderfully made” song, but there are plenty of other good ones. See and

    The “fruit of the spirit” song is a classic (Gal 5:22 Love Joy Peace Patience Kindness Goodness Faithfulness…) I’m working on a similar song myself that teaches Phil 4:8. Anything that gets kids to memorize otherwise-monotonous lists is a win.

    I love the Hallelu song I’ve made it a contest by dividing the group into two (my Hallelus on the Left, and my Praise Ye the Lords on the right). Whenever it’s their part, I look at that half of the room and they stand/sing, and we go faster and faster (kinda like that “tastes great / less filling” Miller beer commercial in the US…not sure if you’ve seen that down under, but you can google it). There’s a lot of standing up and sitting down, and usually I make a mistake by the end of the song by looking at the wrong side of the class; the kids love that I make mistakes. Any opportunity to demonstrate humility is good. Then we talk about the difference between the meaning of Hallelu and Praise Ye the Lord. (there is none…)

    This is already kinda long, so I’ll stop now. But I’d love to talk about Latin liturgical music for older kids (chorus) as well as teaching math + music (harmonics, overtones, timbre…) using oscilloscopes. Good stuff.