Read the article 'Many voices one song' and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. Read the article ‘Many Voices one Song’. Does this remind you of your own Parish? If so, how? If not, why not? Have a discussion in groups in the classroom. Write up at least two statements about your Parish and its music.
2. Do you have a Youth Choir in your Parish? Do they use the kind of music that appeals to young people? If not what influence can you have on what is sung at Mass and other liturgies in the church?
3. Using google try to find out how many modern singers started out in the choirs of their local parishes? You may be surprised to find out how many.
4. Brendan D’Souza quotes Stevie Wonder who once famously said ‘ Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand’. What do you think he meant by this?
5. As a class discuss the fact that often music is what brings people together. Do you think that the ‘harmony of sounds’ that the Good Shepherd Parish Community make help everyone to get on better?
1. Is it possible to invite a Youth Choir from another vibrant Parish? Ask your Parish Priest or Youth Worker to help you invite a group that could perform a short concert at your Parish and incorporate a Pizza or a Pasta evening with it.
2. Is your Parish or School a very multi-cultural place? If so, ask some of the groups to sing some of their familiar hymns to you. Once they have explained to you what they mean perhaps they could try to teach you some of the more simple ones.
3. Possibly many of you in your classes play many different instruments. Suggest to your Principal or Music Coordinator that you could get a group together so that you could play at the next school or year level Mass.
4. A Song that you could all learn together is the Israeli song Havenu Shalom Aleichem (We brought peace to you). Its only words are, Havenu, Shalom Aleichem. Once you have learnt it from the Youtube video you could sing it slowly first and then quicken it up then slow it down again. This could be sung at the Sign of Peace. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB4RMIWroMY
For younger students
1. Ask students about music in their Parishes. What sort of music do they like? What is their favourite hymn? Do they have a junior choir in their parish? Are their multicultural choirs in their Parishes?
2. Tell them the story of the Good Shepherd Parish in Plumpton. If they have students from other cultures in the classroom, they may not even be Catholic, ask them to sing a song they know from their culture. They could even teach the other students.
3. This kind of article can be used to introduce the fact that Jesus was Jewish and did not speak English and probably sang in Hebrew or Aramaic. He may even have been a Cantor at times in the synagogue that he attended.
4. Young students can also be taught Havenu, Shalom Aleichem and may get the chance to sing it at a school Mass.