“Hymns for Kids: Learn How to Read and Enjoy Christian Hymns” introduces hymnology to children.
Appropriate for beginner piano students, as a unit study for homeschoolers, or just for introducing hymnology, Hymns for Kids is written with eight to 12-year olds in mind (though it is appropriate for younger–and older–audiences), this booklet is divided in two parts: an overview of hymns; and, the “technical stuff” (each section includes review questions).
- The reason why we sing and what the Bible has to say about singing
- The history of the hymns: from the time of Moses to the New Testament, through church history and to our own time
- The purpose of hymns: to praise the Lord; and, to encourage, admonish and instruct one another in the faith
- Types of worship songs: chants, psalms, hymns and modern praise songs
- A review of famous hymns and hymnbooks
- A review of some famous hymn writers like Isaac Watts, Charles Wesley and Fanny Crosby
The “Technical Stuff”
- How many people does it take to write a hymn?
- Voices; four part harmonies
- Lyrics and refrains
- Tune names
- Meters: common, long, short, etc.
- How to use a hymnbook
The beginner piano student version includes these hymn arrangements:
- Each Little Flower (All Things Bright and Beautiful)
- Come, Thou Almighty King
- Jesus! What A Friend for Sinners
- Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
- What Can Wash Away My Sins
Plus, we have also included worksheets on two hymns: “Joyful, Joyful” and “God Is Our Refuge.”
Note: We recommend using “Hymns for Kids” in conjunction with Favorite Hymns for Kids, which is a series of book collection of hymns arrangements and worksheets especially appropriate for the early beginner musician.