Children’s Music

​Children’s Choirs

Our fully graded Children’s Choir program is staffed by talented spiritual leaders who are committed to sharing the love of God with our children age four through sixth grade as we model for them the joy of worshipping the Lord through His gift of music. Scripture and hymn memory, instrumental exploration, music fundamentals, and opportunities to lead in worship are strengths of this ministry. 

Children’s Choirs are for children age 4 through Grade 6. Rehearsals are at 5:25 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Pre-K Music (age 4) - Room 470
  • Kindergarten Music - Room 480
  • First Grade Choir - Room 451
  • Younger Children’s Choir (grades 2-3) - Room 440
  • Older Children’s Choir (grades 4-6) - Room 460

First Ringers

Our children’s Handbell Choir, First Ringers is for boys and girls in the fourth through sixth grades. The ringers meet for one hour each Sunday afternoon in Room 440B to prepare music that is shared in Bible Study departments on Sunday mornings and in worship experiences.  The director is Catherine Williams.

Children’s Music Arts Camp

Children’s Music Arts Camp is a week full of musical activities during the summer for children who have completed grades 1 through 6. Classes include Bible study, Orff instruments, guitar, handbells, “Rockin’ Rhythms,” choreography, recorders, and ukuleles. The children also learn a musical which they present on the Sunday evening following camp.



We are blessed with one of the finest, most energetic, and creative teams of leaders who love children and love the Lord.  These leaders help guide our children to a deeper awareness of God’s love for them and that Jesus, His only Son, is the way to salvation.  The underlying principles of music reading based on the study of rhythm, melody, harmony, expression, and form the music foundations for the children who participate in the Children’s Music Ministry at First Baptist Nashville.

Children’s Choir Coordinator: Barbara Sanders

Barbara Sanders holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Fresno State University. She serves as Children’s Choir Coordinator at First Baptist Nashville and teaches Elementary Music at the Oak Hill School. Barbara’s wealth of experiences includes leading music conferences and camps from coast to coast, including Ridgecrest and Glorieta. She has served as a curriculum writer for LifeWay Christian Resources and co-authored How to Lead Preschoolers in Musical Activities.

First Ringers Director: Catherine Williams

Catherine Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and a High School Math Certification from the University of Florida in Gainesville, and the University of South Florida in Tampa.  She directs the First Ringers and works with the Grades 4-6 Children’s Choir at First Baptist Nashville. Catherine and her husband, Mike, sing in the Sanctuary Choir. 

Resource Room Assistant: Helen Owens


Preschool Music

PreK 4 Music Activity (Age 4) – Room 470

  • Director: Julie Lankford
  • Teachers: Julie Comstock, Sally Cramer, Allison Stabile, Caroline Lankford

Kindergarten Music Activity (Age 5) – Room 480 

  • Director: Shirley Leebern
  • Teachers: Helen Cannady, Valerie Michel, Diane Skelton

Children’s Music

First Grade Choir (Grade 1) – Room 451

  • Director: Laurie Hall
  • Leaders: Carol Butler, Lori Hagewood, Lynda O’Rear, Linda Pettus

Younger Children’s Choir (Grades 2-3) – Room 440

  • Director: Gwenn Fitzpatrick
  • Leaders: Connie Powell, Michelle Harper, Carl Hester, Lisa Kennedy, Lee Ann Ratcliff

Older Children’s Choir (Grades 4-6) – Room 460

  • Director: Martha Kirkland
  • Leaders: Betty Bergen, Gordon Brown, Linda Magill, Melita Thomas, Elizabeth Wood, Catherine Williams