For a little over a year, I've been in charge of music in our congregation (ward.) I pick the hymns for Sacrament Meeting, make sure there are special musical numbers each week we need them, and act as support to other musicians in the ward with training, music selection if they need it, and generally substituting as organist/pianist for whatever organization needs help that day. It's been a fantastic calling- I'll really miss it. I especially loved picking the hymns each week and sharing my testimony that way. Music brings the Spirit to our meetings, and I was honored to be part of choosing that music.
But my NEW calling is going to be so much fun! I'm the new music leader for our nursery classes- I'll teach three twenty-minute lessons to our little ones.
I'm excited to sit with them, help them learn the gospel through music, help them develop their own musicality, and help them learn to LOVE music. They're such wonderful little kids- I sat through the former teacher's last lesson today and observed. Such sweethearts, and I'm going to need SO much energy! I think that's what I'm most concerned about- running out of steam half-way through the second group.
We have thirty-one kids in our nursery- they come in at 18 months and leave the January after they turn three. We'll get more as the year goes on, before the three-year-olds leave in January, so I'll probably end up teaching four lessons every Sunday by the end of the year.
So, here's where I need your help: what would you do with these children? What kind of instruments would you bring in for them to play with in our music circle? What songs would you teach them? Any fun "movement" songs? The youngest children don't sing along- I noticed the previous teacher had good luck handing out rattles and bells so they could shake in time to the music. I won't even mention what else they've done, so I don't cramp your style. That way, you can tell me...
What would YOU do? I'm all ears!