Category Archives: Children’s Music Programs

Christmas Musicals 2014

If you haven’t already chosen the Christmas play for your children to perform this Christmas, you don’t have much time left. Here are a few you might want to look at this year:

David's DynastyDavid’s Dynasty  (Brentwood)

A Bearded Family of Shepherds Finding their Heritage in the CHRISTMAS Story!

On the hills outside of Bethlehem, a family of inquisitive, energetic shepherds discovers the meaning of being part of the “royal dynasty” that will one day produce a new king for their people. As they explore what the prophets said would happen in “boring Bethlehem,” they become part of the story unfolding on the night Jesus was born. They learn that even though you may have to wait to see it happen, God always keeps His promises. And in the end, they realize that every one of us is invited to be part of a dynasty – God’s great family which we join when we believe in His Son. So, come join the humorous and side-splitting adventure of “David’s Dynasty!”

Just BelieveJust Believe  (Lillienas)

A Children’s Christmas Musical about Trusting God

The story of Just Believe begins with a children’s choir preparing to leave on a Christmas tour to the Big City Convention Center to perform. Unfortunately, their bus driver breaks his leg and is unable to drive to the event. Miss Lila prays for direction and feels the Lord is leading the children to sing at the Heavenly Peace Retirement Center across the street. The children are not thrilled with the idea because they long for the lights and glamour of the convention center. The children meet Grandpa Eddie, Miss Mary, and Miss Daisy, some wonderful seniors, who teach them about Christmases of old and the true meaning of Christmas.
The mission project for this musical is to encourage every choir performing Just Believe to adopt a senior citizen’s center at Christmas.
Hopefully this musical will help children everywhere to look for the light of Jesus when a door is closed to them.

Out of the BoxAn Out of the Box Christmas  (Lillienas)

Spark the imagination of your congregation with the creativity and child-like faith of An Out-of-the-Box Christmas! When boxes show up at a dress rehearsal with all the wrong costumes, the kids have no other choice than to think out of the box. Created for a cast of 14 along with a children’s choir, Celeste and David T. Clydesdale have pulled out all the stops to make this musical unforgettable. And to simplify the work for you, a Teacher’s Resource Kit with PDF lessons and activities are available, as well as a live performance demonstration video and a movement instruction video. Embolden your kids and adults alike to share the good news of Jesus Christ with An Out of the Box Christmas! Highly-recommended!

Sing a Song of ChristmasSing a Song of Christmas (Brentwood)

A Simple Christmas Musical for Kids

Sing A Song Of Christmas is a simple musical for children that celebrates the birth of Christ using familiar carols and easy narration. This 20-minute program is easy-to-learn and presents the Christmas story in a fun way that children can understand and enjoy. Everyone loves to hear children sing – especially at Christmas, so let the joy of the season ring throughout your church as your children present Sing A Song Of Christmas.

Children's Christmas Dramas for the Church YearChildren’s Dramas for the Church Year (Abington Press)

Reproducible Drama for Advent and Christmas

Twenty-two children’s Christmas dramas to be performed by children of all ages! You’re sure to find a Christmas production to fit your needs – from simple recitations with claps and snaps for young children to short dramatic presentations with costumes and music for older children. Includes production notes, characters, dialogue, and music as used in different productions. 59 pages, 6″ x 9″, softcover.

Christmas Play by Play (Cathy’s Music)

Tell your kids to grab their baseball hats and kazoos and meet you at Bethlehem Stadium for Christmas Play by Play!

The baseball team is about to learn that their new coach has arrived – Jesus!  This is the savior they have been waiting for and your children will be there to greet God’s gift to the team and the whole world.  Reserve your seat at Bethlehem Stadium and join us as we celebrate Emmanuel . . .  God is with us every single day!

This Christmas program features 9 kid-friendly Christmas songs that include 5 Christmas carols. Songs include free instructions for including motions, hand rhythms & sign language.

 

How to Get Children Involved in Praise and Worship Time

DSC_1342From time to time, I’m asked, “How do you get kids to praise during song time?” Here’s what I tell them.

Get Excited: Children won’t be excited about praise and worship time unless you are. Don’t just sing the songs, participate in praising God.

Song Choice: Song choice make a big difference. For more about how to choose songs for Praise and Worship, read my blog post Choosing Songs for Praise and Worship.

Motions: Children need to know how to express their praise using more than words. Teaching them motions is a great way to do that. Here’s some ideas for having motions with songs.

Make up your own: Some songs have natural motions that flow out of the words for the songs. Either way, try to think of motions you could do. You’ll be surprised how easy it is.

Use sign language. Another way to do motions is to use sign language. Only sign the important words or it will be too much for the children to learn easily. Here’s a couple of resources.

Buy music with motions: Some children’s music DVDs have the motions included or have instructions on how to do the motions.

Order of Songs: If your songs are chopping or don’t flow together, children will become distracted instead of being led into the presence of God. Do your song line-up in this order.

Activity Songs: Start with fast moving songs full of motions.

Praise Songs: These songs usually have a faster tempo but not always. The are an expression of approval or commendation of God. They are songs that tell us about God. They require physical action to express our praise in order to really be praise.

Worship: These songs usually have a slower tempo. They are our response to being in God’s presence. The words will be about worship God or about surrendering our will as a response to God’s love for us. At this point, you may want to tell children they don’t have to do the motions. They may want to close their eyes, raise their hands, or kneel. All of these actions are a correct response when worshipping God.

Motive: Teach children why they should worship and praise. Psalty the Songbook used to have a phrase he said on everything that came out from that ministry. “You can sing Christian songs til your blue in the face, but if it’s not from the heart, it’s not praise.” We need to teach our students that.

Here’s a great resource for object lessons that teach about praise. Their call Praise and Worship Primers.

Discipline and Attitude: This step is vital. Don’t allow any child to opt out of praise and worship. Have all the children stand and participate. Also don’t allow any comments like “I don’t like this song” or “This is dumb”. A bad attitude will ruin praise time.

Children’s Choirs

With Christmas coming soon, I thought it might be a great time to cover guidelines for having a children’s choir. Children’s Choirs are an important part of children’s ministry. Children’s choirs and musical programs are an effective tool to:

  • Teach children to worship through music.
  • Teach children to minister in front of a congregation.
  • Make the congregation aware of children’s ministry.
  • Get unchurched parents and relatives to come to church. (They’ll come to see their children perform.)

Even though children’s choirs are effective tools in children’s ministry, most choir resources consist only of music programs. There is very little out there instruct children’s pastors on how to get a children’s choir started. Here’s a few guidelines.

Decide who will be in the choir. If you’re a small church, you may want to include every child. A larger church might want to limit it to those who sign up for practices or even hold auditions. There’s no right or wrong way of doing this. Decide which works best for you.

Age Groups: Decide what age groups will be in your choir. Will you have different choirs for each age group? Preschool children’s choir and grade school choirs should always be separated. Aside from that, decide what’s best for your children’s ministry.

Choir Director: If you’re in a small church and short on help, you may need to double up duties and be the choir director as well as the children’s pastor. The ideal would be to have somebody who knows music and loves children. The music director at your church would be a good resource to find the perfect choir director.

Practice Schedule: If you include all of the children in your children’s ministry, the last half hour of church or mid-week classes might be an ideal practice time. If not, one evening a week or Sunday nights might be a good time to schedule practices. Be consistent.

Rules: Decide what rules you will have for your choir. Some choirs have a policy of a certain number of practices you can miss. All choirs should have a set guideline for behavior and consequences for misbehavior.

Choose Music: What music you choose will depend on a number of factors. Consider the ages of your choir, the length and frequency of practices, and how in depth you want to get into music theory before deciding what music to use.

Choreography: You may want to include sign language and motions into the music your children’s choir sings. Simpler songs are better suited for this. In either case, you will want to work with the children on how they enter, exit, and stand during performances.

Plan Practices: If you have short practices, you may only want to go over the songs you’ll be singing. If you have longer practices, you can spend time teaching music, playing games, and learning about worship. The important thing is to plan your practices ahead of time.

Pam Andrews of Brentwood Music has the best resources for teaching a children’s choir. Here’s a resource that is very good.

Children’s Choir Basics

By Pam Andrews

Lillenas Music

Training DVD

Clickhere to order.

Learn the basics of teaching and developing the children’s choir. Discover why you should set musical, spiritual and even personal goals. You will even learn how you can make performing musicals more fun for everyone! This is a must-have for any children’s music worker’s resource library.

Pam Andrews has taught elementary school music, pre-school choirs, children’s choirs, and is a gifted and highly-successful children’s Christian songwriter. Pam is best known for her curriculum developmental ideas found in the numerous teacher resource books she has written, and is the creator of many best-selling children’s choir musicals.

Christmas Musicals 2013

If you haven’t already chosen the Christmas play for your children to perform this Christmas, you don’t have much time left. Here are a few new ones out this year:

An Out of the Box Christmas

This musical takes place at the final dress rehearsal for the Christmas pageant. The costumes finally arrive and when they are pulled “out of the box,” they are all wrong. Working together, the children come up with some unique, comical and heartfelt ways to share the Christmas message with their friends and family. After all, if God can use a donkey to speak to Balaam and a burning bush to speak to Moses… he can surely use cowboys, pirates, and cheerleaders to tell his love story.

This 35-minute musical has 12 speaking parts: an adult female director, an older boy in charge of props, a young girl in charge of costumes, three wise men dressed as cowboys, a sweet little girl, two angels dressed as cheerleaders, two shepherds dressed as pirates, and an adult male who owns the costume shop. There are other opportunities for small solos and readings from Luke 2.

Created by Celeste Clydesdale, arranged by David T. Clydesdale.

Christmas in Black and White

Come take a visit to the Polar Pet Park, along with a middle school field trip. The penguins at the park don’t understand why the school kids don’t mention or understand the real meaning of Christmas, so they decide to help the kids discover the real meaning of Christmas.

Through a fun but meaningful drama and seven songs, this 45-minute Christmas musical will remind your audience that Christmas is not just another holiday, but a special day when God sent his one and only Son, Jesus, to be born in a manger in Bethlehem.

Characters include Miss LaToe (a teacher), four middle-school students (two girls and two boys), Paw Paw (the man who manages the Polar Pet Park), and four penguins: Paco (who wears a sombrero), Pinky (who wears a pink tutu), Puffy (who just loves to eat), and Cody (the “normal” penguin). Additional singers can be costumed as penguins.

Created by Jeff Slaughter.

Christmas Carol Special Report

Many of the carols we enjoy and sing at Christmas have exciting histories from countries around the world. Giving us the scoop on these festive songs of the birth of Christ, and coming to us “live” from the television studios of KMAS, we tune into The Christmas Carol Special Report! Join Jim and Natalie (news anchors at KMAS) and three on-location reporters stationed across the globe, as they broadcast Christmas carolers “live” and give some remarkable history behind Christmas celebrations around the world!

This Simple Plus musical is 20 minutes long and includes five songs, all familiar Christmas carols or carol medleys. There are five speaking parts plus three brief readings. Created by Rhonda Frazier, Luke Gambill and Brian Green.

Great Big Story

Inspire your kids with this fun-filled children’s Christmas musical with a great big message of God’s love. A Sunday school class Christmas party becomes a tell-a-thon when class members take turns telling parts of the biblical Christmas story.

Designed to be easy-to-sing and easy-to-stage, this 22-minute musical has six speaking parts – a Sunday school teacher, three girls and two boys, plus optional non-speaking roles for Mary, Joseph, an angel, wise men, and shepherds.

Created by Allie Lapointe and Dave Clark.

Where’s Baby Jesus (Preschoolers)

Teach your preschoolers the good news of Jesus in a way they will remember with this 15-minute musical created especially for them! When children discover baby Jesus missing from the nativity, an all-out search ensues, paralleled by our spiritual search for Jesus to ask Him into our hearts. This energetic musical will have your preschoolers jumping, singing and learning. Written by Cherry Garasi, published by Lillenas.

Children’s Christmas Programs

Here’s a list of great Children’s Christmas Programs for 2012.

Hotel Bethlehem

Integrity Music

Hotel Bethlehem is bubbling with excitement and a feeling that something wonderful is about to happen! This innovative children’s musical provides a new slant on the Christmas Story through entertaining drama and fun, easy to learn songs.

A Mouse Christmas

A Mouse Christmas musical is the irresistibly cute “retailing” of the Christmas story from the eye-witness perspective of two mice who actually accompanied Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. All of the original songs in A Mouse Christmas play, like Christmas Lullaby, are woven seamlessly throughout the story to bring a depth of emotion that you wouldn’t expect in a children’s musical. The script and songs have a universal age appeal. There are messages of “trusting God in hard times” for adults and messages of hope, forgiveness, and love for everyone. Most of all, this musical has a tenderness that seems to capture the heart of Christmas and touch performers and audiences alike. Just read a few reviews to see how powerful this children’s Christmas musical play is.

Census Time In Bethlehem

Lillenas Music

Kids will learn the names of Jesus while being part of the fun as Mary and Joseph try to convince the local census-taker, Mr. B.A. Countable, that they really do know their unborn baby is a boy and he already has a name…several names, as a matter of fact. Poor Mr. Countable becomes more and more confused as new visitors arrive to worship the newborn baby, but everyone calls him something different. This new offering from the creative team of Pamela Vandewalker and Cherry Garasi is all the fun, creativity, and teach you’ve come to expect from this dynamic due, with songs your children will love to sing in a variety of styles – from the classic rock-n’-roll of “He Is Emmanuel” to the lovely, simple strains of “Away in a Manger (Medley).” It’s not only Christmas time; it’s Census Time in Bethlehem!

The Great Gift Exchange

Lillenas Music

From the exciting rhythm in the opening Carol Medley, your audience will be tapping their toes right through the calypso sound of God Gave a Gift, clapping their hands to the up beat Angels Rejoicing and standing to the end of We wish you a Merry Christmasfinale, sung like no other.

This is the night for Miss Becky’s Sunday school Class annual “Christmas Caroling Gift Exchange Party”.  Through the easy-to-learn dialog, 5 of the students take the audience through the wonderful evening of caroling, decorating, and most of all, exchanging gifts!

As they are going through their traditional routine they begin to realize there is more to Christmas than just receiving. The children begin to take the spot light off of themselves and discover the ultimate gift exchange, which is Jesus giving himself to us in exchange for our sins.

Angels Unaware

This super musical is set in heaven and features angel characters. Gabriel calls
a meeting to announce God’s plan to send His Son to Earth. The angels are
shocked to learn that Jesus will be sent to Earth as a baby. This 35-minute
musical has an excellent message, superb music, six speaking parts, and works
well with puppets, all choir, or both together. Written by Kathie Hill and Janet
McMahan.

Free Christmas Plays

Ministry to Kids. Com has a variety of great Christmas skits without music you could also use.

America’s 25 Favorite Christmas Songs for Kids

Use these songs to supplement a free Christmas play or have the children perform these split track songs instead of a major Christmas musical.