“International Resources Now Available on Church Music Site,” Liahona, Aug. 2008, N7
Recent updates to the Church music Web site offer downloadable PDF versions of the hymns in Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Recorded music from the Children’s Songbook, as well as the hymns in Spanish, are also available. Other newly added resources in Spanish, French, and Portuguese include lessons on conducting or accompanying music and PDF versions of Hymns Made Easy, a book of simplified forms of the hymns.
“The Church has made a major effort since 2005 to make these materials available online in multiple languages,” said Diane Bastian, the Web site’s coordinator. “When we first put up the music Web site, we got a lot of feedback asking for these elements. We have people from many countries looking at this site, and we want to provide what they need.”
While just 4 languages are currently available online, the recorded songs from the Children’s Songbook are available through Church Distribution in 10 languages (Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish). Recordings of the hymns are available in English and Spanish.
The Church music Web site was released in 2004 in an effort to make the blessings of Church music more accessible to members. It features the Interactive Church Music Player, which allows users to view, listen to, and print the Church hymns and children’s songs. Any of the music can be downloaded as a PDF document or in an MP3 format. To explore more of what the site offers, visit www.lds.org/churchmusic.