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New Choristers


If you are new to this calling and frantically searching the Internet for any help you can find to get started, you've come to the right place!  You can click on any of the articles below that contain some simple tips, advice and information for your new calling:

STAYING ORGANIZED:
Staying Organized, Part 1 - Singing Time Schedule
Staying Organized, Part 2 - Singing Time Binder
Staying Organized, Part 3 - Monthly Scheduling
Staying Organized, Part 4 - Filing
Staying Organized, Part 5 - Laminators
More Help on Staying Organized
Staying Organized, Part 6 - Magnets
Staying Organized, Part 7 - When Teaching

RESOURCES:
Music Resources Found on LDS.org
2018 Outline for Sharing Time
Conducting Course
A Children's Songbook Companion
LDS Choristers Group on Facebook
Camille Creates on Instagram & YouTube
Pat Graham Workshop Video Recording

SUGGESTED PROPS:
Singing Time in Nursery
Wiggle Worm Jar
Using Handbells in Primary
Choosing Sticks
Article of Faith Song Prompts
Article of Faith Punch Cards
LDS Blue Skies Music
Primary Music CD
Fully Utilizing the Chalkboard

PLANNING & SCHEDULING:
How To Do It All?
Finding Time
"How" To Teach a Song

LESSON IDEA FOR YOUR FIRST WEEK:
Here We Are Together

GREAT ARTICLES
Ensign Article - Pray About It
Friend to Friend
The Influence of Music

OTHER HELPFUL WEBSITES:
Ben's Primary Songs Arrangements
BYU Chorister's Page
Church Music Website
LDS Clipart
LDS Media Library
LDS Rankings
Musical Pipes
Pat Graham's Website
Primary Music Scheduler (this one's pretty cool!)
Sharla Dance's Website
Sugar Doodle

Each week I post my lesson plan for the upcoming Sunday usually on Thursday or Friday.  Each month I also post my tentative monthly agenda.  If you "Follow by Email" over on the right, you'll never miss any of my posts.  I do try to also post each lesson plan on LDS Chorister's Facebook Page and Pinterest as well.

There are also TONS of other blogs out there dedicated to singing time.  If you scroll all the way down, to the right, I have a list of "Other Singing Time Blogs."  As I find more, I'll keep adding (*If you have a singing time blog, leave a comment and I'll get it added to my list!)

Please feel free to leave me a comment on any post or contact me using the "Contact Me" form over on the right with any questions.  I'm guessing that eventually you will find this to be your favorite calling in the church!  Good luck!

~Camille

9 comments:

Kelly said...

Thanks so much! I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed with this calling, but your blog has helped tremendously!

Adrienne said...

I love your blog! Thank you for doing it!

Sally Jackson said...

Your are so awesome for putting this together! THis is me--first time frantic chorister! Thx for your ideas!

Jane Rogers said...

I love you, Camille! Thank you for ALL your amazing work. We novice music people are so appreciative!!

Sally Ashmore said...

Thank you so much for all of the great ideas!

Moved to the branch in August, was called in January and had no idea what songs the kids knew. I was out of town one Sunday, and the President (who had been called two weeks before) did the most amazing thing for me. She did a "Name That Tune" activity, which was something I hadn't even thought of before. Then she made a copy of the index of the Primary songbook and highlighted the ones they recognized. It made choosing songs soooo much easier! Then I came home and made a playlist on the LDS Music app so I could learn them, too, since I hadn't been around Primary kids since I was one in 1997. I also got the older kids to start singing more by telling them that hearing them sing would help me learn the songs. (I think the tears streaming down my face the first time I did Singing Time backed up my story and earned their pity!)
I also remember being grateful from the first week that the most important part of the calling is the easiest: loving the kids!

Lacee Pringle said...

Hi there Camille! I am a mother of a 3yr old, a 1yr old, just found out I am pregnant and have a husband in medical school :):):) Ive really enjoyed your website it has been a huge help for me so far! I was called to be primary chorister about a month ago and we have our program on October 21st. I LOVE music but have know idea how to be anytime of chorister or music director. I never met the last chorister nor do I have much of an idea of what songs to practice most. Some kids know some songs and some know others... Ive been doing some of your review activities to get an idea of what they know. I printed out the treasure map because I really want to make reviewing fun for then but I don't really have any thing from past lessons to make teaching the song easy. I've made the chewing sticks, Ive been posting the lyrics to all the songs I was thinking I would do the treasure chest with the ring pops and ribbon, I printed out the pictures from the finch family for a child's prayer and I think the sign language for when I am baptized is easy enough that maybe I could teach them that but if I do that I don't know how it will go along with the treasure map... Im just starting to get very overwhelmed and was hoping you might have suggestions for me!
Thank-you so much for anything and everything! It is amazing that you put all of this out there and help so many people!
Lacee

Lacee Pringle said...

any type* choosing sticks*
Lacee

Camille Hill said...

Hi Lacee!

Thank you for your comment! Don't worry, we've all been in your shoes! The first 3 months at anything new are always the hardest. My first thought when reading your comment was you need to simplify. This is where I like to start when I feel overwhelmed about anything - I like to ask myself, "what can I cut out?" (and this pertains to life in addition to singing time for me!).

Since you are coming into the program late in the game, you'll need to let a lot slide this year! Just work on singing the songs each week and figuring out what they do know. Since you've got the Treasure Map theme going, I'd just stay with that and call it good. You can use it up until your program in October.

I personally would not add anything new at this point (including sign language). If you need to scrap songs or even just 2nd and 3rd verses, do it. If you feel ambitious, try farming out a few songs to Activity Day girls and boys, or have teachers sing one of the songs, child or adult solos, etc. Just get creative.

You can make up for it all next year when you get to start with a clean slate in January and you have 10 months to prep for the program instead of less than 2 months. And remember, family comes before your calling. You have a lot on your plate so if you continue to feel overwhelmed, talk to your bishop about finding a less demanding calling until things in your personal life settle down. I've done it before and it was the best thing for me at the time.

Anyway, just my 2 cents...hope it helps! Good luck!!

~Camille

Lacee Pringle said...

Thankyou so so much Camille! I feel like i just needed to hear that it was ok not to do everything so extravagent from someone like you who is a chorister with so much experience. Thank you again soooo much for taking the time to write me back!
Lacee