Why use back-up tracks for music classes?

I received an email yesterday from someone wanting to know if we had a song book for the Praise in Motion songs so that she could accompany her students on an instrument. I want to share my heartfelt response to her:

Thanks for your interest in Praise in Motion Music and for asking about song books. We don’t have any plans to produce notation for the Praise in Motion songs and I’d like to explain why.

Why Use Back-Up Tracks For Teaching Music to Young Children? www.praiseinmotion.net

We made the decision to produce back-up tracks intentionally, as a way of keeping the teacher free to use her hands and participate with the children as they do the motions to the songs.

When I started teaching, I used the guitar to sing some songs with the children and found that my students would lose attention after only a few songs. When I used back-up tracks and participated with them, I was able to build my sessions up to 40 minutes–and the kids still wanted more.

I enjoy playing  guitar and piano, but I know from 15 years in the classroom that students really respond to a teacher participating and having fun with them. The added support of the children singing on the tracks helps students to sing out with more confidence. The sounds and the beat on the tracks creates excitement.

Our Performance Tracks are made with split track capability, so that the voices can be tuned down or out…if you want to hear more instruments and less vocals, although I’ve found that students still tend to sing out more with a little of the vocals left in the mix.

I’m not just trying to make a sale, but wanting you to grasp the vision of what Praise in Motion is all about and why it is so successful with teachers and students worldwide.

Thanks for taking the time to read my response and I wish you a rich teaching experience and God’s blessing.

Sincerely His,
Christina Cook Lee, Producer
Praise in Motion Music
www.praiseinmotion.net

 

Mother of twin 2 year old boys writes…

Hi Christina,

 

I am writing to thank you for making the Praise in Motion songs!! I have 2 year old twin boys here and they absolutely LOVE your songs. It is so amazing to see how your videos get them so involved! They learn, sing, and dance to the songs, and it really holds their attention (unlike other children’s praise songs videos that I have tried!). We have so much fun together!!

 

I found your videos on youtube while searching for songs to teach my Sunday School class. I have 10-15 2-year-old children in my class each week and I have been desperately trying to find something FUN to occupy their time for 2 hours each week. There is only so much coloring and story-telling that a person can do with that many little ones before it gets boring. We need more group activities and your Praise in Motion DVD seems like it will be perfect for my class.

 

I just ordered the DVD set and I can hardly wait to try it in class next Sunday. I just know that it is going to be a big hit!!

 

God Bless You!!

Kathy Ray