In today’s world, there are so many fabulous children’s musicals to choose from that it can sometimes be overwhelming to choose one. Throughout the years, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity of speaking with, and learning from, many Churches and Children’s Music Ministers. Here are a few important things you might want to consider when making a musical selection for your Children’s Music Ministry.
#1. Make sure it is Biblically sound.
You think this would be obvious, but make sure this is the first thing you take into account. More than anything, we want our children to be learning God’s word and His principles while preparing a musical.
#2. Is the topic something your children and your church family would benefit from preparing and studying?
Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you with your selection. Remember these songs will be played over and over in family cars and hopefully spark some wonderful discussions. For example, maybe you are aware the children are hearing a lot about evolution in school, so you might want to look for a musical on creation, i.e. “Blast Off”. Another example is maybe you know several of your children are struggling finding good Christian friends and there might even be some bullying going on. A wise choice for you might be “I am a Friend of God.” Again, ask the Holy Spirit to help you choose wisely.
#3. Make sure the Gospel message is presented clearly and there’s a place where the children actually worship Jesus.
I generally look at a musical as a unit. We are learning truths about God around a certain topic through the various songs and the script so we eventually have an authentic worship experience.
#4. Make sure the musical has a great story line.
Kids LOVE a great story. Well let’s face it… we all love a great story! That’s one reason Jesus spoke so often in parables. It helps us remember God’s truths and how to apply it to our lives. I personally don’t like a lot of corny jokes or ones that take too long to set up. It wastes time. Look for a story that is catchy and teaching a spiritual lesson.
#5. Make sure the music is well written.
Does it contain a variety of different musical styles, and is it written in an appropriate range for young voices? Generally speaking, this is from middle C up an octave. It can touch on a few notes higher or lower, but we basically want it to stay in the octave.
#6. Be realistic and ask yourself if you can actually mount this particular musical.
Will your platform or stage work? Are the set and costumes doable? Do you have enough time to teach the songs, choreography and drama? Do you have enough children to cast it correctly? There will mostly be times when you will need to adjust your choice because of your particular situation. I purposely left this for last because if God is leading you to make a certain choice you can adjust some of these things to make it happen. You may need to combine a part or two or simplify the set, but it can be done.
I believe we are “kindred spirits” working together to reach the next generation of Christ’s love. Please stay in touch… I LOVE to hear what God is doing in your ministries.
To God Be the Glory!
Celeste Clydesdale is a multiple Dove Award-winning children’s music creator with thousands of children around the world performing her works annually. Wife and creative partner of David T. Clydesdale, Celeste is also a children’s music clinician, teacher, and children’s choir director.