I discovered LDS Interactive Church Music Player as I was writing an upcoming post for this blog and thought it was awesome! If you have not yet discovered this site, you must go check it out.
Just about every hymn and children’s hymn is available for the player. It will play the hymn with music and words, just with the music or in the interactive mode.
Interactive mode is music only, but with a highlighted bar going across the sheet music in time with the notes. I assume that’s to help you learn how to play it on the piano.
Within the interactive player you can change the tempo and key. Kinda fun if you want to hear the high-pitched version of “Give Said the Little Stream” at about 100 mph.
I’m sure there are more legitimate musical applications for those features, but I don’t know what they would be.
By the way, this a great resource for kids too. In fact, there’s a whole slew of requirements involving learning how to conduct a hymn or play a song. And because that’s what I do, here’s a convenient list for you.
Cheers and Happy Singing
Related LDS Youth and Scouting Program Requirements:
Faith in God – Developing Talents #2: “Learn to sing, play, or lead a song from the Children’s Songbook. Teach or share the song in a family home evening or at Primary. Discuss how developing talents helps prepare us for service to Heavenly Father and others.”
Faith in God – Gospel #9: “Learn to sing “Choose the Right” (Hymns, no. 239). Explain what agency is and what it means to be responsible for your choices. Discuss how making good choices has helped you develop greater faith.”
Bear Cub Scout Elective 8b: “Learn to play two familiar tunes on any musical instrument.”
Bear Cub Scout Elective 8d: “Play two tunes on any recognized band or orchestra instrument.”
Webelos Showman Activity Badge requirement 8: “Play four tunes on any band or orchestra instrument. Read these from music.”
Webelos Showman Activity Badge requirement 13: “Draw a staff. Draw on it a clef, sharp, flat, natural, note, and rest. Tell what each is used for.” (The LDS Church Music site has a guide to musical symbols and terms.)
Webelos Showman Activity Badge requirement 14: “Show the difference between 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 time by beating time or playing an instrument.” (See the interactive conducting course for all these time measures.)
Cub Scout Music Belt Loop requirement 2: “Pick a song with at least two verses and learn it by heart.”
Cub Scout Music Belt Loop requirement 3: ” Listen to four different types of music either recorded or live.”
Cub Scout Music Pin requirement 7: “Demonstrate conducting patterns for two songs using two different meters (two-, three-, or four-beat meter) while your adult partner or den members sing or play the songs you have selected.”
Personal Progress Knowledge requirement 6: “Memorize two of your favorite hymns from the hymnbook. Learn the correct conducting pattern for the hymns and then conduct them at least two times at a family home evening, in a Young Women or other Church meeting, or at seminary. Read the scriptures listed at the bottom of each hymn.”
Duty to God Teacher – Family requirement 5: “Memorize the words and learn to conduct at least 3 hymns each year, 1 hymn in 2/4 time, 1 in 3/4 time, and 1 in 4/4 time.”
Duty to God Priest – Quorum requirement 6: “Learn the basic skills of conducting music, memorize a hymn, and lead others in singing it during opening exercises of priesthood meeting at least once a year.”
Duty to God Priest – Spiritual Development requirement 5: “Learn to play the piano or organ well enough to accompany 2 hymns in a Church meeting.”
Music Merit Badge requirement 1: “Sing or play a simple song or hymn chosen by your counselor using good technique, phrasing, tone, rhythm, and dynamics. Read all the signs and terms of the score.”
Music Merit Badge requirement 4a: “Teach three songs to a group of people. Lead them in singing the songs, using proper hand motions.”