One of the great joys of music ministry is nurturing the spiritual and musical gifts of children. To help them develop these gifts, directors and teachers need exceptional, age-appropriate resources that provide the foundation for learning and success.
With a new choir year fast approaching, it’s time to start planning repertoire! Check out these outstanding choral anthems and resources perfect to get children singing now and throughout the choir season!
For YOUNGER CHILDREN (grades K-3):
SING AND CELEBRATE 6!
LOOK WHO GOD MADE! (Joseph M. Martin)
MY GOD IS SO GREAT (arr. Jeff Reeves)
SING AND CELEBRATE 5!
THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE (arr. John R. Paradowski)
JESUS IN THE MORNING (arr. Jeff Reeves)
SING AND CELEBRATE 4!
LUKE 6:31 (THE GOLDEN RULE) (Cindy Berry)
ALL NIGHT, ALL DAY (arr. John R. Paradowski)
SING AND CELEBRATE 3!
I’VE GOT PEACE LIKE A RIVER (arr. Anna Laura Page)
HE’S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS (arr. Ruth E. Schram)
For OLDER ELEMENTARY (grades 3-6)
PRAISE YE THE LORD (Victor Johnson)
I’M GONNA SING (arr. Audrey Snyder)
SHINE, SHINE YOUR LIGHT! (Becki Slagle Mayo)
SEE THE LILIES (Roger Thornhill/Brad Nix)
FOR A COMPLETE CATALOG OF CHILDREN ’S CHORAL MUSIC featuring music for General and Seasonal use, visit the WORSHIP SONGS JR. landing page.
Jeff Reeves serves as Choral Music Editor with Hal Leonard Corporation in Milwaukee. In his role at Hal Leonard, Jeff serves as the primary editor for the Henry Leck Choral Series, Discovery Choral Series, and the Shawnee Press sacred choral catalog for children, Worship Songs Junior. Jeff also serves as the Director of Children’s Music Ministries at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa. In this position, Jeff coordinates and directs choral and handbell choirs for children in pre-kindergarten through 6th grade. Since 1990, Jeff has specialized in the field of church music for children. His work in both the music publishing industry and the local church has given him the unique opportunity to understand the needs of children’s choirs within the larger ecumenical community. He is the author of numerous publications including children’s music curriculum materials, teaching articles, as well as choral and handbell works for children of all ages. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Master of Church Music degree from Southern Theological Seminary. He lives in Brookfield with his husband, John, who is Minister of Music & Organist at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Wauwatosa. Together, Jeff and John enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing with their delightful dog, Dolly, and traveling to warm weather destinations.