Friday, May 19, 2017

Lesson: Just Enjoy the Music - It is Well With My Soul

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?

Learn 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?

If the song is Christian… Is the Song based on Scripture?   Can you find Scripture to back up the message in the song?


 Horatio Spafford

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

I will star my favorites.

BYU - Men’s A Capella


*Bill and Gloria Gaither

Audrey Assad

*Jeremy Riddle  (with backstory)


Sam Robinson Acapella

The Isaacs


*Four Voices

Amy Grant

The Three Tenors

Mahalia Jackson

Grace Brumley

Compass Quartet

Rock Church Deaf Ministry  (why would a deaf ministry include a heavy beat?)
(many deaf can hear on some level, not enough to communicate through spoken words, but they can feel the vibrations from the instruments and many can hear a heavy beat and strong music, giving them a sense of the song.)

Jennifer Holliday

*Paul Brandt

Jars of Clay

Sandi Patty

*Tennessee Ernie Ford

Mix of Country Singers

**George Beverly Shea

*Blackwood Brothers

Haven of Rest Quartet

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