I Will Be What I Believe Maori Sticks

This has been one of my very favorite songs to teach to my Primary children. I highly recommend teaching this song if your Primary Presidency and Bishop are on board. Your Primary children will have so much fun learning I Will Be What I Believe (archives) for the first time, or simply having fun reviewing this song!

In this I Will Be What I Believe Maori Sticks singing time activity, you’ll make music following the rhythm with one action per word of the song in a fun repeating pattern that’s easy to follow along with!

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I WIll Be What I Believe Maori Sticks fun singing time idea that uses a repeating rhythm pattern that follows the lyrics as you make your own music with movement! Printable song helps for LDS Primary music leaders.

I Will Be What I Believe Maori Sticks

Sing through I Will Be What I Believe (flip chart here) once, before introducing this activity.

Pass out maori sticks to the teachers to distribute to their class.

Sing and demonstrate the actions for the first line of the song, then sing again and have the kids follow along. Continue to work your way through the first verse demonstrating and modeling the pattern and then letting them repeat it.

I WIll Be What I Believe Maori Sticks fun singing time idea that uses a repeating rhythm pattern that follows the lyrics as you make your own music with movement! Printable song helps for LDS Primary music leaders.

The pattern repeats the structure from the first verse, with only very minor changes to fit the words of each line and with a toss added at the end of the chorus. You can call out “Freeze!” when you get to that spot in the song, and demonstrate, then pickup singing and let everyone try!

Sing through the song with the pattern a couple times. You can let a different class come up front to help lead the pattern each time.

Description of each Maori Stick Action:

  • II Tap Down – Tap the sticks down while they are standing upright.
  • X Clap – Clap the two together crossing them to form an X.
  • / Tap Left – Tap with the left hand stick on your lap.
  • \ Tap Right – Tap with the right hand stick on your lap.
  • -()- Pass Behind Back – Pass the maori sticks behind your back.
  • ]]]] Drum – Drum as fast as you can during these few words.
  • /\ Pat Lap – Pat both maori sticks on your lap at the same time.
  • ‘/, Toss & Catch – Make a small controlled toss, and then catch it!
I WIll Be What I Believe Maori Sticks fun singing time idea that uses a repeating rhythm pattern that follows the lyrics as you make your own music with movement! Printable song helps for LDS Primary music leaders.

I Will Be What I Believe Maori Sticks Pattern:

*Actions are per word, not note

Line 1: Tap both down on the ground, then clap together for the 2nd half of the line

Line 2: Alternate tap right and left, then clap on the final keyword, repeat

Line 3-4: Tap down on the ground, pass behind back, then drum the final words

Line 4-5: Pat both onto your lap, toss and catch at the end of all 3 chorus sections

I WIll Be What I Believe Maori Sticks fun singing time idea that uses a repeating rhythm pattern that follows the lyrics as you make your own music with movement! Printable song helps for LDS Primary music leaders.

Extension Activities:

  • Mix and match the pattern cards to make your own patterns. You can pick 2 patterns and demonstrate how to do them, then rotate which pattern card you hold up! Can they follow along and switch when you do?
  • For younger children or a simpler pattern, you can repeat just one of these patterns – your choice – through the whole song. Add a second pattern and then repeat the two patterns in sequence through the whole song. Add a third, fourth, etc until you run out of time. 
The Church of Jesus Christ Maori Sticks singing time activity for LDS Primary music leaders. Use this fun rhythm pattern to help teach this song or for a review game with lots of movement.

For another fun similar activity, head over to see this The Church of Jesus Christ Maori Sticks singing time activity!

I Will Be What I Believe Maori Sticks Demo Video!

Watch this demo video to try this maori sticks pattern along with me and get some extra tips for using this activity in singing time! In this video, I’ll demonstrate the rhythms used in this pattern and sing through the first verse and chorus using the maori sticks pattern as outlined above.

–> I Will Be What I Believe Maori Sticks Demo Video <–

I Will Be What I Believe Maori Sticks Printable Song Helps

This free in-post printable includes a 1-page printable cheat sheet with the pattern lined up with the words so you can easily practice and follow along from the conducting stand.

I WIll Be What I Believe Maori Sticks fun singing time idea that uses a repeating rhythm pattern that follows the lyrics as you make your own music with movement! Printable song helps for LDS Primary music leaders.
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Continue over to this I Will Be What I Believe Testimony Share lesson plan for a great activity on what it means to be what you believe and how to share your testimony!

I Will Be What I Believe Testimony Share singing time idea to encourage sharing testimonies in your Primary room!

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