This page is most useful for subscribers, since it describes Erin’s resources for Year Two of Sacred Music Studies. There are hymns you can learn to sing right now on the page Catholic Songs to Learn & Sing.
Just found this page? Would you like to join us? We learn one hymn or chant each month. Some use it in their homeschool as a free hymn study curriculum, and others simply enjoy growing in their appreciation and knowledge of Catholic sacred music.
You can always learn a new hymn by browsing the the growing collection of hymns and songs.
Music for Year 2:
- Salve Regina
- My Song of Today
- Adoro Te Devote
- Hark, a Herald Voice is Calling
- Jesu Dulcis Memoria
- On the Way of the Cross
- Hail, Holy Joseph Hail
- Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All
- Veni Sancte Spiritus
- Heart of Jesus, Hear
- Oh God of Lovliness
- Who is She Ascends So High?
Listen to most of the songs on Spotify. I collected them into a handy playlist.
Four Week Basic Schedule:
- If possible, sing everyday at the start of school, at morning prayers, or another set time of family prayer. If the hymn is sung often enough, memorization will come naturally. Try to memorize as much as you can by the end of the month. Although memorization is one goal of these studies, it is much more important to ENJOY singing the hymn together.
- Prep – Print out the music; put it in a binder. (See how to make a Family Hymnal further on.) Briefly look over the history of the hymn, tune, composer, lyricist, time period, etc. to get ideas about additional assignments, if desired.
- Week 1 – Introduce the hymn and its history. Listen to the audio, and sing along. Choose which, if any, additional assignments will be given, and assign. (Ideas are found in the Newsletter.) Flexibility, interest, age, musical ability etc. will determine which type of assignment is best.
- Weeks 2 – 4 – Complete additional assignment(s) if/as desired. Sing and memorize. Review other hymns. Listen to recordings suggested in the part of the Newsletter called “More Sacred Music to Listen to and Enjoy”.
Learn to Read Gregorian Chant
Assignment: 1 Lesson per week (20 Lessons total)
There is a note in the introduction of Words with Wings that these lessons will be most beneficial if the children can already sing mostly on key and have some familiarity with solfege (do-re-mi). Since there are only 20 lessons, I will be working with my children on the “pre-requisites” for the first 4 months. I found a site that has free lessons on these topics, with audio examples to help. I will share those with you in the Newsletters for September, October, November and December.
If you’ve ever wanted to be able to sight-sing, you’ll be learning how to do that this year! I’m so excited for you!
Assignment: 1-2 pages per week Are your children too young to learn to read chant? Try singing songs from “Stories of the Redemption for Children in Chant”. Free audio is available for each song. Your littles will easily become familiar with numerous Gregorian modes.
How to Organize the Music
How do you save and organize all the music you can print? By making a family hymnal! Simply grab a binder, print out the music you love, and add it to the binder!
Design a cover if you’d like to get fancy.
Add tabs for the different Liturgical Seasons and major feasts: Advent, Christmas, the Holy Name, Lent, Easter, Ascension, Christ the King, Sacred Heart, Precious Blood, Holy Trinity, Holy Ghost, the Saints, Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady, All Souls, General
The hymns we will be learning are in the public domain, so any sheet music in the newsletters is legal to print, unless otherwise noted. (If you see errors, please let me know!)
Incorporating Hymn Study into Language Arts
- Copywork – copy a verse or the chorus
- Choose a favorite stanza and enter it in a personal journal
- Define any new vocabulary words
- Narration – have your student tell you what the hymn is about in his own words
Incorporating Hymn Study into History
- Read the biographies of the composers and writers
- Locate birthplaces on a globe
- What else was happening in the world/country of origin when it was composed?
- Make a page for your Book of Centuries or add it to a Timeline