“Tips for Music Leaders,” Ensign, July 1999, 71
As ward music director, I have enjoyed singing and learning the hymns of the Church. I have found the following ideas helpful in making hymn singing an enjoyable and spiritual experience.
Choosing hymns. A prayerful spirit will help you find hymns that best serve the occasion and congregation. Whenever possible, find out the meetings’ themes in advance and select hymns in harmony with the topics. Acquainting yourself with the various hymns and their messages will make it easier to find appropriate music for each occasion.
Introducing new hymns. Arrange with the choir or some ward members to perform an unfamiliar hymn; then choose that hymn for congregational singing in an upcoming week.—Linda Stotts, Houston, Texas