Sunday, May 7, 2017

Lesson: Just Enjoy the Music - Amazing Grace

For a while here … I’ve been mulling music … and songs from my childhood.  Much loved songs.  Some songs I remember with one voice, and others I remember from several records, church choirs and many more.  But I thought, it would be fun to feature some of those songs … into a song study for homeschools.

You can consider this a Free Curriculum if you like - or just something fun.

Compare and contrast the different groups singing the song.

Is the music all the same or did they change it?

Do you like the changes?

Did they change the speed of the song?

Did changing the speed change your emotional response to the song?  Do you feel sadder?  Happier?  Want to dance?  Go to sleep?

Are the voices high or low?  Do you like the song better sung at a higher pitch or a lower pitch?

Which version did you like the best?

Memorize this song as sung by your favorite group.  Try to imitate their pitch and tone.

Do the singers move around?   Did that add to your enjoyment or the emotional feel of the song.

Write out the words to the song.  What do they mean to you?

What is the history of the song?  Who wrote it?  Why?

What other things can you learn from these songs?



Of all of the songs that I’ve ever sung or heard, this has to be one of my favorites, probably in the top 5.  It is in some of my earliest memories and was featured in over a dozen of the records that my mom set up for us to listen to every night while drifting off to sleep.

I’ve marked a star beside my favorite versions.
Some are not marked because it was the first time I had heard it.  It may become a favorite later.

  In the comments - which were your favorites?  Do you have another favorite not listed?

*Celtic Thunder

Chris Tomlin

Celtic Women

BYU Women’s Group

Alan Jackson

*Rhema Marvanne (her story had me in tears)

Peter Hollens

Aretha Franklin

*Ray Charles

*Dolly Parton

**Johnny Cash (this was the first voice that I ever fell in love with)

*Willie Nelson

Soweto Gospel Choir  (first time I’ve heard them)

*Wintley Phipps

*Elvis Presley (another voice I fell in love with as a child)

Andrea Bocelli

Michael W. Smith

Guy Penrod

*Loretta Lynn

*Anne Murray


* The Statler Brothers

* The Oak Ridge Boys

Straight No Chaser

***George Beverly Shea (loved his base voice from my earliest memories)

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