child conducting music

Learn to Conduct Music

Everyone should learn how to conduct music. This FHE lesson will highlight the value of music in our home and help primary children and young women accomplish Faith in God and Personal Progress requirements.

Learn to sing, play, or lead a song from the Children’s Songbook. Teach or share the song in a family home evening or at Primary. Discuss how developing talents helps prepare us for service to Heavenly Father and others. – Faith in God, Developing talents

Memorize two of your favorite hymns from the hymnbook. Learn the correct conducting pattern for the hymns (see Hymns, 383–85) and then conduct them at least two times at a family home evening, in a Young Women or other Church meeting, or at seminary. Read the scriptures listed at the bottom of each hymn. – Personal Progress, Knowledge Value Experience #6

Preparation:

Lesson:

Have your family share some of their favorite songs (not just hymns). Discuss what kind of spirit these songs invite into our lives. What does the First Presidency say about music in our homes?

Music has boundless powers for moving families toward greater spirituality and devotion to the gospel. Latter-day Saints should fill their homes with the sound of worthy music.

Now share some of your favorite hymns as a family. Open up the hymns and point out how there are scriptures associated at the bottom of the page. For example, The song “Love is Spoken Here” lists Mosiah 4:15 and D&C 68:28. Both scriptures highlight things parents should teach at home.

When are some good times to have the hymns or children’s song book music playing in the background of your home?

  • In the morning before scriptures
  • During house work
  • While playing games
  • Traveling in the car
  • During homework
  • During meals
  • Before Family Home Evening
  • Before bed

While you may not include sacred music during all these activities, consider including it more often in your home.

Activity Idea:

Learn proper techniques for conducting music. Starting at about the 3 minute mark, watch the video embedded below. After about 15 minutes, you will have learned the basics for conducting 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 time signatures.

Know someone that received a new music calling? Share this lesson with them.

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