Five Simple Ways for Church Organists to Improve Their Playing

By Jacob Weber on Nov 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Between learning music for each week, leading rehearsals, teaching, and keeping up with regular life responsibilities, it can be hard for working church musicians to focus on their musical growth. But growing as a musician is one of the most important and fun parts of your work. So how do you make it happen?

Here are some simple ways to keep your musical growth a priority as you keep up your regular responsibilities at church.

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5 Networking Tips for Church Music Directors

By Anna Johnson on Aug 28, 2018 9:00:00 AM

God created us to be in community, and that applies to every aspect of our lives, including our jobs. If you’re a church music director, you need musicians to make music with, coworkers to run ministries with, and other music directors to learn and get help from. All these things require relationships—in other words, a network. Here are some ways to build a network that can help you continue to grow and move forward.

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5 Essential Tasks for Music Directors before Summer Ends

By Mark Knickelbein on Jul 31, 2018 2:00:00 PM

The end of summer is drawing near, which means that regular music rehearsals will begin again for most church musicians. Here are five essential things for music directors to do in order to make a smooth transition into fall.

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4 Ways for Church Music Directors to Recharge during Summer

By Marie Landskroener on Jul 17, 2018 9:30:00 AM

It is hard to believe that summer is already nearing its end. For me personally, it has been a time to rest and enjoy traveling and relaxing. Although I realize it is not always that way for everybody, I imagine that many people, especially church workers, have a bit more of a relaxed schedule during the summer. In particular, the summer is a time during which church musicians can catch their breath.

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3 Summer Projects for Church Music Directors

By Anna Johnson on Jun 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

If you’re a music director, your summers probably are balanced with catching up from the previous year and working ahead for the next one. Use some of that “working ahead” time this summer to step back from your regular weekly tasks and maintain the infrastructure of your music ministry. Some of the projects we suggest are to get your music organized, learn what music your congregation prefers, and recruit new musicians.

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How Church Musicians Can Find Rest during Holy Week

By Marie Landskroener on Mar 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

One church musician cancels her piano lessons during Holy Week. Another decides not to travel to visit family during spring break because Holy Week is coming up too soon. The looks and brief conversations between church musicians during this time admit an exhaustion that accompanies this premier week of the Church Year.

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Music as a Teaching Tool

By Rachel Gonzalez on Jan 2, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Have you ever wondered why it’s so easy to remember the lyrics to that one song you heard on the radio but it’s so hard to remember Luther’s explanation of the Fifth Commandment? That’s because when you put things to music, they’re much easier to memorize.

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Keeping Special Musicians Engaged after Christmas

By Marie Landskroener on Dec 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM

It is often at Christmas that church music directors pull out all the stops—and all the special musicians. Special musicians, whether they are singers or instrumentalists, are usually willing to share their talents at this festive time of year. But how can church music directors engage these other musicians all year round?

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Involving Youth in Church Music

By Rachel Gonzalez on Nov 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

A topic of discussion for many years has been how to get youth more involved in church. One way to approach this is by looking at music. Get the youth involved in music; then point them to music in the church. Here are a few ways to think about involving young people in church, specifically through music.

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Introducing New Music to Your Congregation

By Mark Knickelbein on Oct 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Introducing new music to your congregation is an important task that can require much patience and persistence. A little planning and coordination ahead of time can help eliminate some of the frustration that comes with it. Here are a few suggestions on how to roll out a new piece of music to your congregation.

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