The Teaching Primary Music Podcast

This podcast is a resource to help primary music leaders; we explore using time-tested activities and the latest developments in neuroscience to create engaging, inspired singing time plans.

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Thursday Apr 06, 2023

Melanie Hoffman describes her experience writing primary music, with a special emphasis on her song, "Gethsemane."

Friday Mar 10, 2023

Purposeful movement - the opposite of chaotic movement - lays an important foundation not only for the words and message of the song, but also for a surprising number of life skills that children are developing. 

Friday Mar 03, 2023

In this episode, we dive in to how help children internalize the words of a primary song. 

Friday Jan 20, 2023

There are children in the world who notice colors, shapes, and patterns much more than they notice other things. In this episode, we elaborate on teaching music with visual intrigue and talk about how to reach these children. 

Friday Jan 13, 2023

Sharla's oldest son, Joshua Dance, talks about what it has been like to teach primary music - "doing the thing" for the first time - after years of "knowing the thing."

Friday Jan 06, 2023

Michelle Crawford talks about her experience with leading primary music for five years - her favorite go-to activities, what she would teach new music leaders in order to set them up for success, and what her benchmarks for effectiveness would be. 

Choosing Activities Wisely

Friday Dec 23, 2022

Friday Dec 23, 2022

How do you match activities to the song you are teaching? Selecting appropriate activities that convey the feel and the meaning of the song can be an art form; in this episode, Sharla breaks down how she would choose activities for several songs from the 2023 Come Follow Me Suggested Song List. 

Friday Dec 16, 2022

In this episode, Emily Pitts tenderly describes how using these teaching methods help her reach struggling children in her primary (her stories are told with the permission of those involved). 

Saturday Nov 19, 2022

In this short bonus episode we talk about how to plan out the year and introduce our Song Experience Worksheet and 2023 Singing Time Calendar. 

Friday Nov 18, 2022

Lacy Richards gives us some great ideas for activities that can be used to teach older and younger children together in a combined primary; she especially focuses on things that can make all ages feel successful and loved in primary. 

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