Year 03 / Lesson 40: Choosing Good Music

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 405: Emma Smith, LDS Hymnal, LDS Children's Songbook, coloring page, crayons, good music checklist, pen or pencil.

Scripture: D&C 25:12 - For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads.

Opening Song: Lift Up Your Voice and Sing (PCS #252)


There is a lot of music in the world.  Every day music plays on the radio. Music is on television. Music is performed in concerts, listened to and sung in homes.  Music is everywhere.

Music can be very powerful.  Good music can make us feel happy, excited, reverent and uplifted.  Bad music can make us feel lonely, angry or bring bad thoughts into our minds.

We can choose every day what music we listen too.  Some music on the radio is fun.  We feel excited when we hear a song we like and sometimes we sing and dance along.  Other music on the radio is filled with bad words and bad ideas.  When we hear those bad words over and over again they can get stuck in our minds.  We might accidentally say one of those words when we are angry or even excited.  if we don't listen to those bad songs it can helps us keep our minds clear.

A lot of music is beautiful and uplifting.  There is so much wonderful music we can listen and listen and listen and never hear it all.  There are all different kinds of music.  We will like some more than others, but it's fun to listen to all kinds of music, no matter if it's our favorite style or not.


(display GAK 405: Emma Smith)

Three months after the Church was organized, the Lord, through the Prophet Joseph Smith, instructed Joseph's wife, Emma, to make a selection of sacred hymns for the Church.  Emma put together a hymn book of special songs to help us think of God and Jesus Christ and to teach us gospel truths. Later, after the Primary was organized, church leaders chose wonderful songs for children to make us happy and teach us about the Gospel.

(show children an LDS Hymnal) 
Our hymnbook says, "Hymns can lift our spirits, give us courage, and move us to righteous action. They can fill our souls with heavenly thoughts and bring us a spirit of peace.  Hymns move us to repentance and good works, build testimony and faith, comfort the weary, console the mourning, and inspire us to endure to the end".

- How can hymns and primary songs give us courage?
- How can hymns and primary songs help us choose the right?
- How can hymns and primary songs help us feel better when we are scared?

(show children an LDS Children's Songbook) 

One of our primary songs talks about how hymns and primary songs can help us when we are worried or tempted to do what is wrong.   The songs says, "Just hum your favorite hymn. Sing out with vigor and vim.  And you will find it clears your mind. Hum your favorite hymn."

- Share a time when a hymn or primary song touched you, helped you feel better or answered your prayers.

Bear your testimony about how music has affected your life.  Share some songs that are special to you and how you feel when you hear uplifting music.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)


FOR SMALL KIDS // Coloring Page (from The Friend magazine)
(included in Lesson download)

FOR OLDER KIDS & TEENS // Good Music Checklist
(included in Lesson download)

FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY // Music Listening Activity

Play music from different genres for your kids.  Identify each genre as you play a clip from the song.  A great place to do this for free is on sites like where you can listen to a short clip of music from a certain album.

Some genres might include: Pop, Country, Classical, Opera, Punk, Rap (you can often find songs that are "radio edits" online that bleep objectionable words), Reggae, Children's, Gospel, Funk, Ska.

Here's a suggested playlist of different musical genres:
Pop - Baby by Justin Bieber
Country - Love Story by Taylor Swift
Classical - Spring (from The Four Seasons) by Vivaldi
Ska - One Step Beyond by Madness
Opera - La Donna E Mobile sung by Pavarotti
Folk - Me and Julio by Paul Simon
Punk - Blitzkreig Bop by The Ramones
Rap - Gettin Jiggy Wit It by Will Smith
Do Wop - Lollipop by The Chordettes
Reggae - One Love by Bob Marley
Children's - Pig on Her Head by Laurie Berkner
Blues - Stormy Monday by Bobby Blue Band
Blue Grass - Foggy Mountain Breakdown by Flatt and Scruggs
Jazz -The A Train by Ella Fitzgerald
Big Band - Sing Sing Sing by Benny Goodman
Funk - Give up the Funk by Parliament

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A Year of FHE // Check out this Family Home Evening about Appreciating and Choose Good Music! This is such an important topic with the increased exposure to media that kids have today.  This download includes a scripture, song, lesson and 3 activities: a coloring page for young children, good music checklist for older kids and teens, and a listening activity for the entire family to enjoy! Your FHE is ready...just CLICK, PRINT and TEACH!  #lds #media #music

13 Way Righteous Comments:

Pam Miller said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful lessons and all the time you spend making them, Thanks!!

Becky said...

Thank you for all your hard work. THis is the perfect lesson for my family tonight as my kids are getting older and wanting to listen to more music.

thepainterfamily said...

Love this! Thanks for all you do!

Unknown said...

We did this lesson plan for music appreciation for FHE, and my 3 daughters had a ball with the play list at the end. We also enjoyed the lesson. It was perfect!! Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful lesson! My kids LOVED listening to the different kinds of music. Love your lessons, as always!

Patti said...

I would love to do this lesson for my Activity Days girls but when I click on download it does nothing. The 6 tips for better FHE downloaded great. Can you email me the file?

Noelia Bautista said...

Thanks for all you do here <3

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