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This Month's Featured Idea
November 2013: Children/Youth
Dan Stokes, Christ Church UMC, Louisville, KY
Ideas for energizing rehearsal for older elementary/middle school age:
Question of the Day - A student gets to say "stop" at an appointed time during rehearsal when we ask the "Question of the Day," which is in a sealed envelope. Questions are fun and simple, such as, "What is your favorite ice cream?" or "What was your favorite Christmas gift?" A fun way to build community and energize rehearsal. The students love being the one who says, "Stop!"
Energized Introductions - Let students count the measures of introduction before their first entrance in rehearsal. A crisp "1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4" as the piano plays energizes anticipation for the first sung notes.
Training Future Leaders - Be on the lookout for college students and young adults to join in leadership. They will bring energy, enthusiasm and new ideas. Most importantly, they will build lasting relationship within the church family.
Circles - When working on music with more than one part, rehearse with each part in a circle. Young people who love sports particularly like the concept of "time to huddle."
Concentric Circles - As each part gains confidence, challenge one part to make a circle surrounding another part. A fun way to build independence/confidence in part singing.