Year 4 continues our studies of devotional and liturgical hymns.
Welcome! Below you will find the list of hymns, resources for teaching & learning Gregorian chant, and much more! For the reasons behind these Catholic hymn studies, please read my intro.
Music for Year 4:
Be Thou My Vision
A Babe is Born
O Domine Deus
Ave Regina Caelorum
Ave Maris Stella
Veni Creator Spiritus
I Dwell a Captive in This Heart
O Mary of Graces
Options for Children:
Stories of the Redemption in Chant
Gregorian Chant Coloring Book (Fill out the survey and you can download it for free.)
Words with Wings
Applied Course in Gregorian Chant (high school and up)
Chants of the Church with accompanying online lecture (Episode 1 is free to get you started)
Handout to review the types of neumes
Further Learning: (for high school and up)
I’m assuming that if you’ve signed up for the newsletters, you are trying to be a “Catholic that sings”. This year, I’m reading “Sing Like a Catholic” by Jeffery Tucker for inspiration and motivation to keep working hard to teach my children (and yours) the riches of Catholic music.
- Sing Like a Catholic (Available from Musica Sacra. The link to the book is found under Essays, History, Spirituality)
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!)
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”.
I provide specific plans for each month in the Newsletter.
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