If you have older kids, sing through the sol-fa and folksong lessons as a family, but I suggest also learning “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” adapted and harmonized by Bach, after Martin Luther wrote it.  He wrote two Chorales using Luther’s words.  I have included the sheet music (linked) and a recording of both, so you can sing it as a family! There are older and newer versions of the lyrics.  Feel free to just use the text you use in your church tradition. There isn’t text included on the actual sheet music provided, but you can print the text I linked or look it up in your church hymnal.

SING: 4 Part hymns

See if your advanced students can see any differences between the two harmonizations!!  Work on these pieces through out the term with your Sol-fa Lessons. Older students in the PNEU would continue Sol-fa, but also sing Choral music, often written by the term’s composer.

Bach Chorale 302 ( Sheet Music for A Mighty Fortress #1)


Bach Chorale 303 ( Sheet Music for A Mighty Fortress #2)

A Mighty Fortress Hymn Lyrics


1. A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.


2. Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right man on our side,
the man of God’s own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth, his name,
from age to age the same,
and he must win the battle.

3. And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God hath willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The Prince of Darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo, his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.

4. That word above all earthly powers,
no thanks to them, abideth;
the Spirit and the gifts are ours,
thru him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
the body they may kill;
God’s truth abideth still;
his kingdom is forever