Hymn Study Year 6 Resources

Welcome! Below you will find the list of hymns, resources for teaching & learning Gregorian chant, and much more!

New for 2019-2020:

Come back to this page once a month to learn the next hymn. The link for the new hymn study will appear. This will replace the monthly newsletters.

Hymn Studies for Year 6:

Follow my YouTube playlist for Year 6 Hymns


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!)

Like the hymnal cover design I made? Click this link to edit it with your family name! (There is another one with a white background for cheaper printing!) See next note:
IMPORTANT: on the right side of each hymnal cover image in Canva, you will see the page number, two overlapping rectangles, and a trash bin. Click the rectangles to make a “copy” of the version you like, add your name, download that particular page to your computer, and then delete it when finished by clicking the trash bin. PLEASE don’t delete the versions with the McFarland name on them, so they will be there for other people to “copy”. Thank you!

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 above.) 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. Flexibility, interest, age, musical ability etc. will determine which type of assignment is best.


Incorporating Hymn Study into Language Arts

  • Copywork – copy a verse or the chorus Here is a blank template you can use month to month!
  • Dictation
  • 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


Gregorian Chant

Options in case you’d like to focus on learning to read Gregorian Chant:


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