Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Chorister's Baton

Prep:

* I used a yard stick and tied bright colored ribbons to it, but you could use a stick or, if you're really cool, you could use a real band baton.

I used this as I was teaching "Called to Serve". I told the children that "Called to Serve" had a marching beat and that we could march to the music as if we were in a parade. As we learned the song, I allowed different children to take the baton and lead the others. It's simple but effective.

**Sandra Gave is variation idea: I used a wooden dowel to which I taped various colors of yarn. I told the kids it was the Magic Singing Stick and that it would help them to sing better. I would choose a reverent child to lead with the stick while we were singing.I did a variation of this which I called Pass the Baton. I had the kids pass the baton while they were singing and the child that was holding the stick when the music stopped was the one who got to choose what we sang next.

Thank you so much Sandra, keep them coming!

*Originator: The Idea Door
**Adapted by The Crazy Chorister

2 comments:

Sandra said...

Hi Melanie! I'm Sandra. I'm the Primary chorister in the Cameron, MO 1st ward. Debbie Pratt referred me to your blog.

I think you have some great ideas.

I did this baton idea when I was first called. I used a wooden dowel to which I taped various colors of yarn. I told the kids it was the Magic Singing Stick and that it would help them to sing better. I would choose a reverent child to lead with the stick while we were singing.

I did a variation of this which I called Pass the Baton. I had the kids pass the baton while they were singing and the child that was holding the stick when the music stopped was the one who got to choose what we sang next.

Sandra

Jane said...

Thanks for all your great ideas! I did a variation on this one where we used those chocolate covered pretzel sticks called "Peperos" that look like short batons. I gave one to each of the children and showed them the basics of leading music, and then as they sang, they got to try to lead the music along with me. At the end of singing time, they could eat them if they wanted to. It was fun.

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