First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

First Beats Children's Ensemble

This ensemble is open to children in 3rd through 8th grades.  It is a non-auditioned group and music reading abilities are not required.  It is a goal of the church and of the director to give a broad range of musical experiences to the children of the group. As support for the arts falls away in the schools, the mission of this ensemble is to pick up those pieces and enhance children's lives through the arts. The children regularly sing, play handbells, drums, and Orff instruments in worship as an expression of prayer and praise. They annually present a children's Christmas Pageant and a Spring Musical.

On June 4, 2017 the children will perform a musical during the 11 a.m. worship service. The musical is also offered the Friday before for the parents and families of the children at 6 p.m. The musical is titled, "The Rock Slinger and His Greatest Hit," a musical for young voices. Words by Tom S. Long, music by Allen Pote. 


First Beats Spring 2016 musical, "Esther"