What is Sing for Joy?

Sing for Joy is a Kodály-based music curriculum that teaches literacy through singing.

Children learn by the teacher’s example. So the teacher’s singing and modeling of musical elements is the backbone of Sing for Joy.

This curriculum will help students to…

  • read and understand music
  • sing with enthusiasm and freedom
  • embrace music as kingdom-building

Sing for Joy is being built and released in phases. We are correcting as we find errors and updating as we see places for improvement.

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Each grade includes 50 lessons sequenced for the academic year. Plan your classes using

  • Lesson plans
  • Songs and activities
  • Worksheets
  • Assessments

Teaching Strategies

Use tried and true methods for teaching:

  • Detailed teaching strategies
  • Video demonstrations

Email forum

Access an email forum of Sing for Joy users:

  • Receive weekly teaching tips
  • Ask your own questions to other teachers

The Kodály Approach

Students learn music best by hearing and singing it. With the Kodály approach, students learn teamwork, ear training, reading and writing music, and tuneful singing through hearing the teacher and participating in group activities. Sing for Joy uses this sound-to-symbol approach to teach students to enjoy singing for the glory of God.

“Teach music . . . in such a way that it is not a torture but a joy for the pupil; instill a thirst for finer music in him, a thirst which will last for a lifetime.” Zoltán Kodály, 1929

What’s included?

  • The Scope & Sequence charts out students’ music learning in six levels over six years.
  • Lesson Plans translate the scope and sequence into a year of lesson plans in an orderly sequence.
  • Songs can be downloaded and printed, as well as learned through audio files that include rhythm and solfege.
  • Fun learning activities make music class a delight for students.
  • Printable worksheets are included to augment student learning.
  • Teaching Strategies give a step by step approach to implementing the Kodály method in your classroom.
  • Videos show the teacher how to teach in a classroom.
  • Assessments provide a way to assess how each student is doing on each musical element and to assign grades.

What is currently available?

Grades K-4

Five levels of this Elementary Curriculum, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, and Grade 4 are available for teachers.

Continuing Development

Users will have access to additional resources and materials for the next levels as we develop them during the coming school year.

Future Levels

In the future, we plan to offer teacher resources and student materials for all ages and students in K-12.

Why sign up?


Sing for Joy is accessible for an untrained home-room teacher.


Songs and activities can be contextualized for your own community and culture.


These resources are “tried-and-true” tools for growing young people who know and love singing. We employ them ourselves!


Teachers and students alike thoroughly enjoy the active and creative experience taught in this approach.


The scope & sequence is based on national music standards, interpreted and influenced by Anabaptist educators.


This approach helps teachers to systematically guide any student at any level through the steps of music learning. Lesson plans do the work for you so you don’t have to worry if you are on track.


Your subscription will give you access to Grades K-4 as well as other resources and materials as they become available. It will support the ongoing development of Sing for Joy.


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Sing For Joy is now available to educators, featuring Kindergarten through Grade 4. Since this is a pilot program, we welcome your feedback to help guide ongoing development.

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