Songs and music are a commonly used activity included in lesson plans for Baha’i children’s classes, whether to support the theme of a lesson, to help children memorize quotes or prayers, or simply for the joy of singing. Music is extolled in the Bahá’í writings, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá made it very clear that children should be taught to develop musical skills:
The art of music is divine and effective. It is the food of the soul and spirit. Through the power and charm of music the spirit of man is uplifted. It has wonderful sway and effect in the hearts of children, for their hearts are pure, and melodies have great influence in them. The latent talents with which the hearts of these children are endowed will find expression through the medium of music. Therefore, you must exert yourselves to make them proficient; teach them to sing with excellence and effect. (Promulgation of Universal Peace, p.52)
There are many songs that have been written and composed specially for Bahá’í children’s classes by artists around the world, and this is by no means an exhaustive list.
This song has always been a classic with us, inside and outside our children’s classes. It’s performed with actions: point out “me”, “you”, “we”, alternate putting one fist on top of the other at “build community”, make rolling motions with the … Continue reading
The worldwide Bahá’í community has built up a large repertoire of songs for use in children’s classes. Depending on what you’re looking for, it’s more or less easy to find lyrics, guitar chords and sheet music for Bahá’í songs. Lyrics and … Continue reading
The prayer which begins “O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit…” has been put to music by many different people in many different ways, and everyone has their favourite melody for it. We’ve used this particular version for years, because … Continue reading
“This Little Light of Mine” was originally written around 1920 as a children’s gospel song, based on verses from the New Testament. We taught our children’s class a simplified version that still sounds quite good. music lyrics This little light … Continue reading
“Love for Baha’u’llah” is a simple, yet lovely song composed by Chelsea Lee Smith (of Enable Me To Grow and Moments a Day) to help her children celebrate the Birthday of Bahá’u’lláh, which is now celebrated as part of the Festival … Continue reading