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Good words on children and hymns

January 10, 2009

“It is hoped and strongly urged that the great chorales of the church will be taught to the very young, so that the strength and virility of this heritage may also be a part of their experience. Even though they may be able to learn only one stanza or a phrase or two, they will feel they can take part in congregational singing and have a sense of belonging. As a child is subjected to and experiences only the best in music, he will appreciate and enjoy only the best.”

Hymns and Songs for Church Schools, ed. Ruth Olson (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1962), vi.

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  1. February 4, 2009 10:12 pm

    Thanks for posting this! We should not underestimate what children can do. In my experience they often surprise us. When my son was little, he often wanted us to sing various hymns when we were riding in the car or he was going to bed. I still recall how he would protest if we skipped a verse or sang one of them out of order; he had learned a great deal simply from our repetition with him.

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