Author Archives: Growing in Grace

Video: Growing in Grace Getaway Workshop 2016

Over 70 choir leaders from 11 states made the “Getaway” with Growing in Grace this summer to gear up for their children’s choir programs. Enjoy this highlight reel to remember our time together or to get inspired for your own “Getaway” with Growing in Grace in Summer 2017!

GiG Getaway Workshop: Full Schedule and Session Information

Growing in Grace Getaway Workshop 2016: Schedule FRIDAY, August 5th 2:00 p.m. – Registration Opens 3:00 p.m. – Welcome to the Getaway! 3:30 p.m. – Session I MY FAVORITE THINGS – Dora Ann Purdy – Room 200A Come to this session to discover and experience some of my favorite, child-tested musical things, including energizers, movement activities, welcome songs, rhythm activities, and much… Read more »

Get the Scoop on the Getaway Workshop!

Want to know more about the upcoming Growing in Grace Getaway Workshop? See what Editors Paula Farrar, Carol Dickerson, and Dora Ann Purdy have to say in this brief video: The entire Growing in Grace creative team will lead sessions on: Unpacking Be Strong in the Lord curriculum for each age group Using our Step-by-Step curriculum companion to the max Singing… Read more »

Freebie: Music Math Trees KIDPage from Be Strong in the Lord!

Want a peek at the Be Strong in the Lord Curriculum before it arrives next week? Enjoy this activity from the brand new fall semester of curriculum for Younger Children! Download the full PDF here: Music Math Trees KIDPage and Teaching Steps  

God’s Magical Gift of Music by Nan Grantham

This week, we celebrated the 80th birthday of Nan Grantham, a well-loved contributor to the Growing in Grace family. In honor of her time and talents that have been devoted to children’s choirs throughout the Southeast, we would like to share with you an article of inspiration as part of your summer reading. Nan has been our inspiration; let her be yours. … Read more »

Five Purposeful Preps To Do This Summer…

You know that feeling of coming home after a long day at work to a crockpot filled with a scrumptious supper? The early morning (or late night) prep was all worth it! Right? Carol Dickerson, our Design Editor for Preschool and Younger Children, has polled her colleagues and drawn from her experience to share their top five purposeful summer preps…. Read more »

About “Unplugged” from Dennis and Nan Allen

Connectivity. It’s become quite the buzzword these days — and a selling point for various entities that provide devices and plans to keep us communicating. And, yet, the better and faster our Internet and data connections, the weaker our links to each other have become. That’s what this musical is about. We believe that we must choose to unplug from… Read more »

First Look: Be Strong in the Lord Preview

Be Strong in the Lord, founded on Ephesians 6:10, features songs and musical activities that reinforce the scriptural truths of: having courage, being patient, enduring hardships without giving up, loving God and others, and experiencing God’s grace Each curriculum package includes demonstration and accompaniment recordings, abundant teaching materials, and colorful visuals. Song Teaching Steps offer easy-to-follow instructions and activities for groups… Read more »

Save the Date: Growing in Grace Getaway Workshop!

August 5-6, 2016 Terry Taylor, Dora Ann Purdy, Paula Farrar, and Carol Dickerson, Clinicians Carol James, Guest Artist First Baptist Church of Murfreesboro, Tennessee 200 E. Main St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130 More details and registration information are on their way soon!  We promise a full exposé of the Growing in Grace curriculum, purposeful sessions led by our creative team, and some… Read more »

Freebie: Note Value Tourney

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Download the full instruction and activity components: Note Value Tourney Activity and Teaching Steps Review the Note Value Tourney Chart.           Tell children that each symbol on the chart has a value which designates its duration of sound or silence when used in music. Explain that the basic value of notes is one beat. Some notes are a… Read more »

Be Strong in the Lord: Growing in Grace’s Newest Curriculum Theme

Growing in Grace is pleased to introduce our newest curriculum theme, Be Strong in the Lord. Founded on Ephesians 6:10, songs and musical activities reinforce the scriptural truths of having courage. being patient. enduring hardships without giving up. loving God and others. experiencing God’s grace. Each curriculum package is available by download or in CD format and includes demonstration and accompaniment… Read more »

Unplugged Musical: Preview Packs Available!

Listen first exclusively here!  Following the command of Hebrews 12:1, this timely and witty musical dares us to disconnect from things that distract us from one another and from Christ. Written by award-winning composers Dennis and Nan Allen, all music and drama are appropriate from grades 1 through 6. The Preview Pack is available NOW and contains a listening CD… Read more »

Freebie: Freeze, Guys! Visuals and Activities

This week, we’d like to offer a freebie activity from our Growing in Grace curriculum: the Freeze, Guys! Visuals and Activities!                           Use Freeze, Guys! as a boredom buster: Play a song, and ask children to skate around the room to the steady beat. Stop the recording randomly. When the music… Read more »

A New MUSICAL from Growing in Grace

For the first time ever, Growing in Grace is offering an original children’s musical –  Unplugged – written by Dennis and Nan Allen. Tackling the cultural challenge of unplugging in our digital age, this timely musical reminds us to be present in our daily lives and dares us to disconnect from things that distract us from one another and from Christ. Preview… Read more »

Keeping the Beat Activity by Dora Ann Purdy

Steady beat is the most fundamental concept in music. It’s the ongoing, repetitive pulse that occurs in songs, chants, rhymes, and music. It’s the part that makes you want to tap your toes, clap your hands, or jump up and dance like no one is watching. It’s all about the “timing.” 1. General understandings about rhythm and beat Music has a steady beat…. Read more »