“Lesson 39: Music Makes Me Happy,” Primary 1 (2000), 129–31
“Lesson 39,” Primary 1, 129–31
To help each child understand that good music can help us feel happy and remind us of Heavenly Father and Jesus.
A Bible, a Book of Mormon, and a copy of the Doctrine and Covenants.
Picture 1-61, Exodus from Nauvoo (Gospel Art Picture Kit 410; 62493); picture 1-68, David Plays for King Saul; picture 1-69, Jaredite Barges.
Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Note to the teacher: You may want to invite the Primary music leader to help you with this lesson.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Explain that happy, beautiful, or peaceful music can help us feel good inside. When we are sad, angry, or frightened, good music can help us feel happy again.
Explain that music in church reminds us of Heavenly Father and Jesus. Ask the children to close their eyes and pretend to hear the music playing in the chapel before sacrament meeting.
How can music help you be reverent in church?
Explain that Heavenly Father and Jesus love to hear us sing. Read aloud the first two phrases of Doctrine and Covenants 25:12 (through a prayer unto me). Explain that singing church songs is like praying to Heavenly Father. We are thanking Heavenly Father for the blessings he gives us. Singing songs about Heavenly Father and Jesus reminds us that they love us and want to help us. Explain that the songs we sing in sacrament meeting are called hymns.
Why do we sing songs and hymns in church?
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Sing “Fun to Do” (Children’s Songbook, p. 253), “Sing a Song” (Children’s Songbook, p. 253), or “I Think the World Is Glorious” (Children’s Songbook, p. 230).
If the class is small, have each child pick a favorite Primary song, and then sing those songs together as a class.
Make paper cup shakers for the children to use as rhythm instruments. Put a small amount of rice or sand inside a paper cup. Tape a second cup to the first so that no rice or sand can fall out. Sing a Primary song while the children use their shakers. You could also bring other objects to be used as rhythm instruments, such as bells, blunt sticks to tap together, or wood blocks to tap against.
Play music from the Children’s Songbook audiocassettes (52505 or 52428) or compact discs (50505 or 50428), and have the children sing with it or move to it.
In your own words, tell the story of when the Prophet Joseph Smith and other Church leaders were in Carthage Jail. Evil men had put them in jail even though they had done nothing wrong. The Prophet knew his life was in danger, and he felt very sad. He asked his friend John Taylor to sing for him. John was very sad too, and he told Joseph that he didn’t feel like singing, but Joseph encouraged him. As John sang a song about Jesus, everyone in the jail felt better. The song reminded them that Heavenly Father and Jesus loved them. It gave them strength and courage.
Sing some of the children’s favorite songs with them. Have the children clap quietly as they sing. Talk with the children about how music makes them happy.
Prepare a recording of different styles of music for the children to listen to. Make sure the music is appropriate for the Sabbath. You may want to use some of the selections on the audiocassette that accompanies this manual.
Tell the children that Heavenly Father has given us many different kinds of music. Some music is made by people, and other music is made by things in the world around us. Name several things in nature that make sounds that are like music, such as the wind, rain, birds, bees, and thunder. Have the children imitate each sound.