Using Background Music to Enhance Stories

We in Cross Street have only tried this method a few times, but in every case we have noticed that when we play dramatic background music while a story is being told in Large Group that the attention rate goes through the roof and the kids can’t stop talking about how COOL the story was after Large Group.

But when should you use background music?
1. When you have the right storyteller in place. This method will not work for everyone. You need a person who can stick closely to a script and can tell the story in a way that adds to the drama.
2. If the script for the day is dealing with a biblical story that doesn’t have enough drama in the mix it might not be best to try and throw in “happy” music in the background. The story needs to have some sort of major struggle, and the music needs to match up accordingly.

Soundtracks are the best way to go, like Inception, The Dark Knight, and Passion of the Christ. These are GREAT SOUNDTRACKS that lend themselves to the level of dramatic elements that our God has written into the pages of our awesome and exciting Bible.

Here is a sample of our Large Group time this past Sunday as I told the story of Gideon, which is a perfect story to tell with dramatic background music:


About Adam Bayne

I'm the Children's Pastor at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, TN, a heavyweight Disney nerd, a lightweight sports fan, and an all-out fan of my wife and two daughters.
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3 Responses to Using Background Music to Enhance Stories

  1. jasonhartslife says:

    that is definitely a cool add on. I do agree that it would not work well with everybody!

  2. David Pearson says:

    Typically, I use props, hats, masks, sets, etc to enhance stories when I tell them to a large group but I love the idea of using tracks. I noticed you listed a few in the blog which I will definitely add to my collection. Do you have any other recommendations of tracks or even stories that you have found them useful? Thanks so much for this post. Thanks for sharing the video of how this works and I look forward to using music to enchance ours here.

  3. adambayne says:

    Hey David! Sorry for the late response buddy. Right now those are the only albums we have used, but as our list grows I’ll be sure to post other suggestions. As for story selection . . . well, bottom line, the drama needs to REALLY REALLY be present. The story of Gideon, Joseph, Moses would all work well. Also, anytime you talk about battles and what not is the perfect story for background music.

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