Anyway, I thought I would try it with my kids to teach them "Joy to the World" since it is a fairly simple song, but can be tricky due to holding out words over multiple notes. Using this method, we could sing the song over and over and hopefully keep their attention. You could do this for any song
I told them we were going to learn a new song, then showed them a poster that looked like this:
I had fun with them and asked if anyone knew the song. Of course I got lots of puzzled looks and remarks. So I had our pianist play the first few notes until they recognized it. Then I sand them for it while I followed the "map" with my baton. (Baton's are excellent pointers...)
Then I called on volunteers to help me follow the map while the rest followed with their fingers in the air. I also shrunk this down and put 4 on an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of cardstock, cut them out, and passed them out to the older kids AFTER they had practiced in the air with me a few times.
I asked for them back, but told them if they wanted one to take home and practice :) they could come by after primary to get one.
After a few repetitions, I'd ask them what words went to the blue marks, or the red marks, etc. They did really well!
How it works:
Blue marks: Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Purple: Let earth receive her King!
Green: Let every heart, Prepare him room
Red: And Saints and Angels Sing! And Saints and Angels Sing!
Orange: And saints, and saints, and Angels sing!
Just follow the marks with your fingers to fit the words.
If this doesn't make sense, I could make a video...
...but then I'd have to sing a solo...
...and reveal my identity....
...but I would do it...
... just for you. :)
So, let me know if I need to.
P.S. I have the PDF of the little pass out cards if anyone is interested. I really wish there was a way to just post those on here....does anyone know a way to do this?