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In my previous school I had a couple students who were JWs. They were not allowed to participate in the songs, but they could listen to them. I would usually just give them something else to do while the class was learning patriotic or holiday songs. I hated excluding them; that’s the last thing I would ever do! But I spoke to the homeroom teacher about specifics – could / not do – for these students; that helped. I would second speaking to the parents about the extent of their beliefs and what they would / not like their child to be exposed to or participate in during Music. Keep in mind the 10 Standards and explain to the parents that you are trying to hit as many as possible with your lessons, but you do not want to make them or the student uncomfortable.