David and all the Israelites were celebrating with all their might before God, with songs and with harps, lyres, timbrels, cymbals and trumpets. (I Chronicles 13:8 NIV)
David was a musical learner. As seen in the Scripture above, he celebrated before God with the playing of musical instruments. He played the harp to soothe King Saul in I Samuel 16. He danced before the Lord in II Samuel 6. Music was a big part of his life.
Musical learners are drawn to activities that incorporate natural responses to music. They are sensitive to rhythm and pitch. They learn new songs and movement quickly. They are comfortable performing, playing and composing music.
We think of music for the times we are together in worship, but what about with your Bible study class? Here are some ideas to engage musical learners:
Set the mood for your class by having music played at the beginning. Music moves people in ways words alone cannot. Look for songs to highlight the theme in Scripture that day, and have it playing while people are entering. You may also use music while they are working in small groups.
Use music and music videos during life application or a time of reflection at the end of the session. Steve & Annie Chapman have a wonderful song called, “Change Us Lord,” for times of reflection. Matthew West has a great music video, “Do Something”, which inspires Christians to get involved in helping others. Allow music to become part of the life application, and your participants will remember it for a long time.
Have musical learners compose and/or play a song. If you have musicians in your class, let them know weeks in advance about a theme for the lesson. Ask them to compose or play a song for that session. You could go further by having a theme song for the quarter that you begin or end each class with.
Have your musical learners help plan socials around music. I have seen classes have dinner together and play, “Name That Tune.” (Yes, I know I am dating myself, but it was fun!) In our last church, we did a Christmas banquet every year. Individuals and groups would play Christmas songs and sing. Elvis often showed up at this event along with lots of famous singers! Set up a talent show (your own “America’s Got Talent”) and invite other classes to join you.
“Where words fail, music speaks.” Hans Christian Anderson