Music Learning Styles By Song Type Chart

In our learning styles song planner, there are so many fun ideas and activities you can incorporate into your singing time, but sometimes too many choices aren’t always a good thing! To help you focus in on planning and match activities with the Primary Music Learning Styles by song type to make the most of all the singing time ideas.

Primary Music learning Styles by Song Type Chart for easy singing time planning with ideas for LDS Primary Music Leaders

Song Types Explained

I’ve broken down songs into three broad categories. Those are: Slow & Flowy, Fast & Upbeat, and Long & Wordy songs.

Slow & Flowy – This category covers song that generally have a slow tempo maybe in the 50-90 range. But regardless of the tempo, the song feels like it sings slowly with words stretching from one line to the next. The words often flow from one word to the next. Here are some example songs of this type:

  • My Heavenly Father Loves Me
  • A Child’s Prayer
  • I Feel My Savior’s Love
  • Love One Another

Fast & Upbeat – This songs have a quick tempo with notes that are often played with a quick and spunky melody. They may have a tempo in the range of 90-160. Many of these songs have an upbeat, which is when some of the notes are accentuated or stand out. Here are some example songs of this type:

  • Stand for the Right
  • I Will Be Valiant
  • The Holy Ghost
  • Choose the Right Way
Primary Music learning Styles by Song Type Chart for easy singing time planning with ideas for LDS Primary Music Leaders

Long & Wordy – A third category that I like to separate out is for songs that are especially long in length or with a bunch of words to learn. These can be slow or fast songs. I like to separate these out because some instruments, patterns, or activities are better suited to shorter songs.

Often, these are songs that are more modern sounding songs not found in the Children’s Songbook, but there are a few in the songbook as well that are long and wordy. Here are some example songs of this type:

  • I Will Be What I Believe
  • Gethsemane
  • When He Comes Again
  • He Sent His Son

Primary Learning Styles By Song Type

Keep in mind, you can use most any of these activities with any song, but some styles are bettered geared towards a slower paced song or to a faster paced song and some work really good to break down really long songs.

Don’t think this breakdown here is the only way to use this activities, instead use this as a guide to help you when planning your singing time ideas! With that, let’s dive into the list!

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1. Purposeful Movement

See all these ideas explained in our post
with 12 Purposeful Movement Activities

Primary Music learning Styles by Song Type Chart for easy singing time planning with ideas for LDS Primary Music Leaders

Slow & Flowy:

  • Scarves
  • Ribbon Wands
  • Be My Mirror
  • Sway and Freeze

Fast & Upbeat:

  • Body Rhythm
  • Hand Clap Patterns
  • Cup Patterns
  • Dance Routine

Long & Wordy:

  • Directional Marching
  • Yoga
  • Sign Language
  • Movement Words

2. Word Representations

See all these ideas explained in our post
with
12 Word Activities for Singing Time

Slow & Flowy:

  • Concentration Games
  • Foreign Language
  • Scrambled Words
  • Word Search

Fast & Upbeat:

  • Eraser Pass
  • Missing Word
  • Hangman Blanks
  • Puzzle Letter/Words

Long & Wordy:

  • Action Words
  • Fill-in-the-Blank
  • Word Strips
  • Crossword Puzzle
Primary Music learning Styles by Song Type Chart for easy singing time planning with ideas for LDS Primary Music Leaders

3. Logical Conclusions

See all these ideas explained in our post with
12 Logical Conclusion activities for Singing Time

Slow & Flowy:

  • Melody Chart
  • First Letters
  • Compare/Contrast
  • Line Matching

Fast & Upbeat:

  • Crack the Code
  • Rebus
  • Number Problems
  • Bar Graph

Long & Wordy:

  • Color Code
  • Word Map
  • What Comes Next
  • Riddles

4. Visual Intrigue

See all these ideas explained in our
post with
12 Visual Intrigue activities

Slow & Flowy:

  • Playdoh
  • Draw the Song
  • Magic Crayon
  • Painting

Fast & Upbeat:

  • Song Picture Puzzle
  • Video Clip / Story
  • Finger Lights
  • Object Lesson

Long & Wordy:

  • Art / Drawing
  • Dropped Pictures
  • What’s in the Bag
  • Picture Match
Primary Music learning Styles by Song Type Chart for easy singing time planning with ideas for LDS Primary Music Leaders

5. Spiritual Connection

See all these ideas explained in our post with
12 different Spiritual Connection Activities

Slow & Flowy:

  • Song Story
  • Piano Solo
  • Guest Performance
  • Music/Story video

Fast & Upbeat:

  • New Arrangement
  • Scripture Connection
  • Personal Story
  • Words of the Prophet

Long & Wordy:

  • Silent Video
  • Testimony
  • Sensing the Holy Ghost
  • Song Testimony

6. People Interactions

See all these ideas explained in our post with
People Interaction Activities in Singing Time

Slow & Flowy:

  • Partner Arm Swings
  • Singing Bee
  • Mirror a Partner
  • Rolling Rhythm Sticks

Fast & Upbeat:

  • Rhythm Partners
  • Competition Game
  • Partner Band
  • Learn & Teach Task

Long & Wordy:

  • Acting
  • Small Group Tasks
  • Team Manipulatives
  • Envelope Challenge

7. Living Music

See all these ideas explained in our post with
Living Music Activities for Singing Time

Slow & Flowy:

  • Hand Bells
  • Sand Blocks
  • Egg Cartons
  • Maori Sticks

Fast & Upbeat:

  • Jingle Bells
  • Rhythm Sticks
  • Drums
  • Clap Instead

Long & Wordy:

  • Egg Shakers
  • Paper Plates
  • Beat vs Rhythm
  • Ooohs, Aaahs
Primary Music learning Styles by Song Type Chart for easy singing time planning with ideas for LDS Primary Music Leaders

8. Awareness of Nature

See all these ideas explained in our
post with
7 Nature and Senses Activities 

Slow & Flowy:

  • Smell
  • Feelings
  • Sensory Bin

Fast & Upbeat:

  • Sound
  • Taste
  • Hidden Object

Long & Wordy:

  • Sight
  • Touch
  • Object Lesson

Head over to our Primary Learning Styles landing page to learn more about using the different learning styles teaching music! I have tons of lesson plans and ideas that teach with the different music styles.

How to use Learning Styles to teach music (or anything!) with this help post on singing time ideas and activities for LDS Primary Music Leaders and music teachers

Printable Learning Styles by Song Type Chart

This printable provides a really neat and organized 1-page chart with each of the singing styles and song types and each of the ideas categorized. It will be a perfect go-to when planning singing time ideas for Primary!

Primary Music learning Styles by Song Type Chart for easy singing time planning with ideas for LDS Primary Music Leaders

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Head over next to grab our Song Planner Worksheet. It’s the perfect companion to this post to utilize while planning singing time ideas for your Primary songs!

Printable Song Planner Worksheet - Primary Singing Time resource for Music Leaders! Easily plan 8 different activities in minutes with this free printable.

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