Children's Choir Leadership Conference
The Children's Choir Leadership Conference will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015, in conjunction with our One Day event for equipping leaders to make disciples. For more information and registration, please click here. Once you are in the registration form, you may choose Children's Choirs as your ministry track.
The Children's Choir Leadership Conference provides intense training for choir leaders (directors, accompanists, helpers) in two different tracks:
- Preschool Choir (ages 4-kindergarten)
- Combined Children’s Choir (grades 1-6)
Participants are not required to stay in the same track throughout the day.
Led by Dora Ann Purdy and Carol Dickerson
Growing in Grace specialists
- Session 1: Knowing about Growing in Grace Music Curriculum
This session will include an overview of Growing in Grace. Other resources for children and leaders from Growing in Grace, including Step by Step~Tips, Tools, and Templates, Hymns and Bible Songs, and Sing and Play will be presented.
- Session 2: Growing the Preschool Voice
Growing the preschool voice includes helping young children find and use their singing voices in a variety of ways. Come explore vocal exploration, pitch matching, echo singing, and singing games designed to help preschoolers become confident singers.
- Session 3: Choosing Appropriate Movement Activities for Preschoolers
Movement is an integral part of a child's musical development. From steady beat to creative movement, movement is at the heart of all we do. Hands-on experiences to help you learn appropriate movement activities for preschoolers will be presented.
Led by Amanda Singer
LifeWay Children's Worship Series creator
- Session 1: LifeWay's Children's Worship Series (CWS) "Lift You Up" for Younger and Older Kids
Come check out this innovative approach to children's choir ministry. Everything you need is all in one place--fresh new songs and great arrangements of worship songs with demos/tracks/stems, lesson plans with devotions and worship times, choreography, worship service and character scripts and more. Get an overview of the material and discover the life-changing aspects of a worship-based program as well as the nuts and bolts of using CWS--Children's Worship Series for older kids--in your church. The material works for children's choir or children's church!
- Session 2: Teaching Children to Worship / Multi-Generational Worship
Our calling as children's choir directors should focus on teaching kids to be worshippers and worship leaders. Incorporating children's choirs into your church services reinforces this truth, multiplies your ministry, and mentors future generations. This class will help you understand the importance and benefits of multi-generational worship, help you transition into a pattern of multi-generational worship, and give you practical tips on including children in seasonal and regular worship services. We will use music from CWS as examples of multi-generational song choices.
- Session 3: Mentoring Leaders, Teaching Harmony, Effective Rehearsal Techniques
Kids will keep coming to choir if they are challenged and if your rehearsals are effective, organized, practical, and fun. There are spiritual and musical leaders in your classes, and they need to be developed. Utilizing the talent and gifts God has placed in your kids will breed an atmosphere of excellence that will draw new kids.
Vocal Music Pastor, Community Bible Church, San Antonio, Texas
With the goal of teaching worship as a lifestyle, Amanda writes and arranges music relevant to kids' day-to-day lives, includes times of worship into each weekly lesson plan, and uses worship concepts as the basis curriculum. In a partnership with LifeWay, the new CWS (Children's Worship Series) takes this concept and offers it on a national level with Amanda's CBC Kids Choir music and methods. Amanda also has adult choir compositions and arrangements published with Prism Music and Lillenas. She serves as a clinician and guest artist-worship leader for conferences and evangelistic events nationally, and also mentors student worship leaders at CBC. Amanda has degrees from JSU in north Alabama and masters degrees (seminary) from SMU in Dallas. Amanda is married to Gary--they have Tyler and Cory who played varsity football together--and they all live in Bulverde, Texas where you can find her in the garden.
Dora Ann Purdy
Music Editor and Preschool Design Editor for Growing in Grace Children's Music Curriculum
Dora Ann brings many years of experience in preschool and children's music. She holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Ouachita Baptist University and a Master's degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. Prior to coming to Growing in Grace, she was the Director of Music at St. Paul Christian Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, where she taught general music to 2nd through 6th graders and directed two auditioned choirs. Currently she directs a children's choir at Forest Hills Baptist Church in Nashville, TN where she also serves as church pianist. In addition to her expertise in children's music editing and recording, Dora Ann has led children's choir conferences and served as guest conductor of state children's choir festivals, honor choirs, and camps throughout the southeast.
Lower Division Music Teacher, St. Paul Christian Academy, Nashville, Tennessee
Carol has over 20 years of experience as a Preschool Music Teacher. In addition to teaching, she is the Preschool Design Editor at Growing in Grace Children's Music Curriculum, a position she began in Fall 2014. Carol holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in music from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Prior to her work at St. Paul Christian Academy and Growing in Grace, Carol was the Music Director at the Woodmont Baptist Weekday Preschool in Nashville for eleven years. During her tenure, she developed and taught a music curriculum for infants through age five. Carol serves as pianist, Children's Choir Coordinator, and Preschool Choir Director of Woodmont Baptist Church where her husband, Richard, is the Minister of Music. Carol and Richard reside in Franklin, Tennessee, and have two grown children.