Music

There are many different media given each week in Alive-O to help convey the aim (What am I trying to do?) and the religious message (Why?)

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Why do we use music in teaching religion?

    • It helps the children learn the Prayers & Doctrine
    • It helps convey the Religious Message for the week
    • It helps the children focus, either at the beginning of the lesson or prayer service
    • Through the Alive-O programme, the children experience a wide variety of music
    • Music can often transcend the spoken word and touch the soul
    • Music speaks to the heart. We often experience something that we can’t express in words.
    • Music helps the children to reflect on and remember what they have learned. We often remember best the things we learned through music and song.
    • The children really enjoy the music!
    • The music has been very appropriately chosen to suit the spirit and theme of the particular lesson you are doing that week

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Where to begin?

  • Start with the tools you have: your own voice, the children’s voices and the CD
  • There are two CD’s to accompany each class level. Every song is available on the CD, and the lesson and track number are announced before the song. It is suggested the children sing the song each day and then perhaps include it in the prayer service at the end of the week.
  • For those teachers who want to add a little more, there are many songs suitable for adding an ostinato (a repeated rhythm) with percussion instruments (integration with composing strand in music)
  • Go through the words of the verses as well as the choruses
  • Refer to the Alive-O In-service Booklet: Pages 35 to 39 for a list of all songs broken down into class levels
  • There is a lot of repetition of songs throughout the classes
  • Through the music and songs that are learned in school, the children are encouraged to participate at Mass, therefore getting a sense of community. Music can create a valuable link with the parish.
  • The movement to music on the DVDs is very worthwhile. Movement to music can involve the whole body in prayer; moving feet and hands and... stirring the heart.
  • In each Manual, the teacher is given instructions on how to guide the children in movement, e.g. Senior Infants: Wake Up Music; 4th class: Celtic Blessing
  • All the songs are in the Teacher’s Manual and the lyrics are at the back of the children’s book (from 3rd class up). The 5th and 6th class music is in alphabetical order at the back of the Teacher’s Manual with music notation.
  • Reflective and Meditative music is available on Alive-0 CDs 7&8
  • Don’t forget to remind the children that singing is praying twice!
  • The use of Music is also a great way of fulfilling our aim to help the children learn some religious doctrine and prayers. Below are a few examples of songs that teach doctrine through the medium of music:
      • The Ten Commandments
      • The Apostles Creed & Nicene Creed
      • The Beatitudes
      • The Twelve Tribes
      • The Magnificat
      • The Saints…. Brigid, Patrick, Columba 

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