Music Mentoring

by Jeanie Willis

At Bethlehem Baptist Church in Tauranga I have recently set up a music ministry for children within our church who play instruments. This programme gives the children an opportunity to come together and play Christian music as a "band" or "ensemble". We meet together approx once a month during the school term and before each practice I teach a 30 minute session on topics such as "Why Did God Create Music?" and looking at bible verses that relate to the lyrics of songs we are playing, as well as developing musical skills such as song writing & improvising.

These children are the worship bands, christian artists, christian composers, and music evangelists of the future. As music teachers I feel we have a huge responsibility to help these students develop both their music & theory skills and show them what it means to worship God and nuture their musical gifts. I am also hoping that as the programme continues it will include more musicians from the church who are able to pair up with some of the young ones and share their love of music in a more one-on-one mentoring role.

Click here to download a full outline of this programme.

I have unfortunately found very few resources available for this kind of children's music ministry. I will continue to add worksheets & topic outlines to the resources page of this website as I make them. If you find any other resources on the net, books, etc please let us know so that we can add a link or info about them.

TOPIC IDEADS that I hope to cover in the futre:

What does it mean to Worship God?

What the Bible says about gifts & talent.

Ways God uses musical talent. Study of a Christian composer (Brooke Fraser), Artist (Casting Crowns or Newsboys), Worship Musicians (Parachute Band), Worship Leader (Darlene Zschech), Musical Evangelist (David Pierce - Steiger).

The hunk that played the harp (King David)

Musical Instruments in the Old Testament.

Click here to download tips for working with junior ensemble groups and working with instruments that you don't know how to play.