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Why use back-up tracks for music classes?

I received an email yesterday from someone wanting to know if we had a music song book for the Praise in Motion songs so that she could accompany her students on an instrument. I want to share my heartfelt response to her.

Here is what I wrote:

Thanks for your interest in Praise in Motion Music and for asking about song books. We don’t have any plans to produce notation for the Praise in Motion songs and I’d like to explain why.

Why Use Back-Up Tracks For Teaching Music to Young Children? www.praiseinmotion.net

We made the decision to produce back-up tracks intentionally, as a way of keeping the teacher free to use her hands and participate with the children as they do the motions to the songs.

When I started teaching, I used the guitar to sing some songs with the children and found that my students would lose attention after only a few songs. When I used back-up tracks and participated with them, I was able to build my sessions up to 40 minutes–and the kids still wanted more.

I enjoy playing  guitar and piano, but I know from 15 years in the classroom that students really respond to a teacher participating and having fun with them. The added support of the children singing on the tracks helps students to sing out with more confidence. The sounds and the beat on the tracks creates excitement.

Our Performance Tracks are made with split track capability, so that the voices can be tuned down or out…if you want to hear more instruments and less vocals, although I’ve found that students still tend to sing out more with a little of the vocals left in the mix.

I’m not just trying to make a sale, but wanting you to grasp the vision of what Praise in Motion is all about and why it is so successful with teachers and students worldwide.

Thanks for taking the time to read my response and I wish you a rich teaching experience and God’s blessing.

Sincerely His,
Christina Cook Lee, Producer
Praise in Motion Music
www.praiseinmotion.net

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JINGLE, JINGLE

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TEACHING TIPS AND PREP:

Jingle, Jingle is a song that is super simple and easy to teach. It’s a great “first song” for your Christmas Program. Free downloads, previews and other goodies are at: www.PraiseInMotion.net.

Before I get started on the tutorial, I have to tell you something that will make you VERY happy! We have split-track/stereo Performance Tracks of all of our songs available for program purposes–not just for the Christmas songs, but for all 72 of our songs that will get you through Mother’s Day, Graduation, and any other performances you will be doing throughout the year. The split-track feature allows you to tune down the voices on the track to let your own children’s voices come to the front. It’s usually nice to leave a little of the track voices in the mix for support and cues…but the choice is yours! After you’ve had a chance to check this song out, go to the site and see what we have that you could use.

Repetition is the best way to teach this song. The words to the chorus repeat a few times. The two verses give the message of what Christmas is all about.

PROPS:

Jingle bell props create the “motions” for this song. You can prepare the props in just a few minutes. All you need is large red pipe cleaners, wire tinsel, yarn, or cord and some medium to large-sized jingle bells or a few small ones for each prop. If you use pipe cleaners or tinsel, be sure to wrap them tightly around and around, so that there are no sharp wire ends protruding and also so that they can’t be untwisted by the children. Of course you can use yarn, ribbon or cord or any other idea you have for creating a handle for the bells. We even used popsicle sticks to wrap the pipe cleaners around one year. The pipe cleaner circles were less likely to unravel, and hanging the bells around the neck help make sure the bells won’t get dropped, but go ahead and use your imagination. Children will be interested in trying to put the pipe cleaner or tinsel circles on their wrists as bracelets, but they will have more ability to make the bells ring if they hold the circle with their fingers.
Bells

I would recommend watching the video preview first and then having a look at the additional frames which display the words and motions.

PERFORMANCE TIPS:

If you have the children enter the room where the program will be from the back and proceed down the aisle to the platform or performance area, they can be ringing their bells all the way.

Children are often shy when they first enter a room filled with family and friends and this song doesn’t require much from them as they transition into the area to start their program. If it’s not convenient for them to enter the room in a processional, it’s still a great song to start a program with, for the same reasons. The attendees love the happy sounds of the bells and all of the great approval the children will instantly feel will get things rolling in a good way.

If you decide to have the children enter the room processional style, it will probably work best if you are the leader and you have a couple of helpers on either side of the doorway to keep the children coming along. It’s cute to have the children come down the aisle “in twos”. Having a partner to walk in with can help to make the children feel more secure than single file. When they get to the front, another helper can assist you to have them split and go on separate sides to fill the front–whether you’re using risers or just having them stand in a single line across the front. If you don’t have enough teachers involved in the program to have that many assistants, try asking some of the parents who might be available to give you help with the program.

If you want to have the children exit the performance area to return to their classroom for parent pick-up, you could repeat this song and use it as the recessional.

Even though the motions to this song are simply making the jingle bell ring, I decided to go ahead and prepare line by line pictures for your reference.

The introduction is a short instrumental segment. During this time, display a big smile to set the tone of happiness. Be sure to remember the power of your own attitude. Music programs can be pressure packed. Expectations are high! You, as the music teacher, must rise above any conflicts or negative circumstances and be a HAPPY PERSON! The children will are also feeling LOTS of pressure! Especially if this is their first public performance. Your upbeat attitude is what can turn the tide if a child is feeling overwhelmed or other stressful situations have occurred. Just shake it all off and determine to have a good time!
00-Intro
1-Jingle, jingle
2-ring the bells
3-celebrate with cheer
4-Jingle, jingle
5-ring the bells
6-Christmas time is here
7-Long ago in Bethlehem
8-Jesus Christ was born
9-We still love to celebrate
10-His birth on Christmas morn
11-Jingle, jingle
12-ring the bells
13-celebrate with cheer
14-Jingle, jingle
15-ring the bells
16-Christmas time is here
17-Jingle, jingle
18-ring the bells
19-celebrate with cheer
20-Jingle, jingle
21-ring the bells
22-Christmas time is here
23-Light the candles
24-Trim the tree
25-Fill your heart with love
26-Sing a song of happiness
27-Give thanks to God above
28-Oh, Jingle, jingle
29-ring the bells
30-celebrate with cheer
31-Jingle, jingle
32-ring the bells
33-Christmas time is here
Repeat: Christmas time is here
34-Christmas time is
35-Jingle, jingle
36-ring the bells
37-Christmas time is here
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