Why is it that we forget where we put our car keys and yet can't forget the words to the songs we learned in church, school, or in summer camp? Thomas Mastroianni in the May/June 1997 issue of "Piano & Keyboard" explains it this way: "Doing something that is loved and cherished activates these centers which boost musical memory. Whatever is meaningful is easy to remember. Musical meaning is the key to musical memory."
During my 15 years of teaching I noticed that people learn more easily when information is put to music. Colossians 3:16 commands us to "sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs." Finally, a book that addresses this subject!
If you love the Psalms and are working with children, here is a way to memorize Bible verses and have fun singing at the same time. Perfect for choir directors, teachers, homeschooling parents, grandparents, and students, besides youth leaders, pastors, camp directors, and music teachers.
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Titled "How I Praise You! 150 Little Psalms in Song," song lyrics are straight from the book of Psalms. I wrote original tunes and matched remaining verses with folk songs, camp songs, spirituals, hymns, carols, and other tunes in the public domain. Verses were selected for their meaning as spiritual truths, easy understanding, and rhythm patterns suitable for children in preschool through middle school. For teaching tips, see the 29 ways to use this book section of the website.
Just as Old Testament congregations sang the Psalms to the traditional tunes of their day, adults and children can praise God together as familiar tunes and Biblical verses are interwoven in these songs.
If you would like to order a copy of the book, please go to the mailing and ordering information page. If you would like to read a news release about the book, click on this news release page. The news release will give you more details about music and memory.
Updated July 5, 2018.
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