Using music to help manage your children's ministry
1. If children are extremely excited or
unmanageable, play music with a slow tempo. It will help quell
2. Play peppy music to lift children from their
doldrums if they seem tired and lethargic.
3. As children enter the classroom, have
classical music playing in the background. This exposes children to
the "masters." Children may even develop some musical awareness. Or
use other background music of your preference.
4. Play a familiar song, such as "Row, Row, Row
Your Boat," and ask older kids to write new lyrics to fit a theme
such as Easter or Thanksgiving or a Bible story such as the good
5. With younger children, use action songs or
finger plays with music to illustrate a story.
6. Use songs to help children learn each
other's names. Many music books have songs that incorporate
7. Use clapping, dancing or other actions to
give children a break from the routine.
8. Use music to reinforce learning. For
example, I remember the story of Zacchaeus climbing the sycamore
tree because I sang it so often in my Sunday school classes as a
9. Help kids memorize with music. Some music
books have songs based on the psalms and other Bible verses. You
can find songs based on the Lord's Prayer and the names of all the
10. Use music to help children develop good
listening skills. Ask children to listen to music and identify
repetitive phrases, notes that sound good together or notes that
are dissonant (sound bad to them).