What is it about music that brings people together? There are musicologists and music philosophers that could give very detailed scientific answers about this topic, but that is not my point today. I'd like to relate some of my personal experience with how music has connected me to people. As you will see, some of these people are quite different from me in their background, worldview, culture, and lifestyle, but we still found a common denominator in music.
Here are ten tips for church singers in regards to communication. What is the best way to communicate the message of your music to a congregation? Here are some fabulous ideas from my teacher and mentor, Ray Gibbs.
God has given man many incredible gifts, including the gift of music. Music, especially singing, is one way that man can communicate to God and praise God. This truth is referenced many times in the Psalms and other Bible verses. But why should Christians be concerned with studying the voice and singing? Isn't it really the heart that matters anyway?
One point to consider is the worth of the One to whom we sing. God is infinitely powerful, but incredibly merciful; he is all-knowing and perfectly holy. If we are truly singing for this amazing Lord, doesn't He deserve our best? When we view God correctly and view our music as a sacrifice of praise to God, we can begin to realize the importance of having the best music possible. When Abel brought an acceptable sacrifice, God was well pleased; but when Cain brought something that was second best, God rejected it.
Today I have just a quick followup to my post yesterday about homeschool music learning ideas. I really do believe that music appreciation begins at home. Exposing children to great music can influence the way they think and the way they see the world around them. So today my wonderful wife sent me a link to an award-winning homeschooling blog where a mom has found many great resources and brought them together. One of the resources that she has assembled is a study of the life and music of eight of the greatest composers in history. The course material is outlined as follows:
I grew up in a family where my siblings and I were taught at home. Homeschooling has been growing as an alternative method for teaching children over the past few years (see the statistics by the National Center for Education Statistics). This post is not to dispute the positives and negatives of homeschooling. What I would like to do in this article is to give a little background on how I received a musical education while being taught at home. For any home educators that read my posts, this may give you some ideas on how to go about teaching music to your children at home. There will be more articles that give more details about curriculum and methods some other time. This post will simply chronicle some of what I've experienced and talk about the pros and cons of each.
While there are many ways you could potentially organize your sheet music for reference and performance, these methods are the two that I have found to be most useful personally. As I have figured out how to organize my sheet music, I have had better results finding the pieces of music that I need when I need them. Both of these methods are simple, easy-to-understand, and practical for the active musician.
Through my involvement in church music since I was a young teenager, I have learned quite a bit about getting a music group started in a church setting. I've been a singer, instrumentalist, and director of various groups, and I have loved the opportunities that I've had to share music with my fellow church musicians and ultimately with the entire congregation. There are a few things that I have noticed that have helped some church music ensembles to work together better. Here are a few basic tips for starting (or improving) a music group at your church.
One of the latest projects I've tackled in the building of this blog has been setting up a music store. This is an exciting opportunity for me to share some of the music resources that can benefit the readers of the Harmony Passion blog. The newest category in the store is the CD/mp3 albums. Initially, I have selected recordings of classical singers that are great "vocal ideals" for any aspiring vocalist. There will be more categories coming soon.
So you're a modern-day composer looking to get paid for the music you write. Easier said than done, right? What is a source that can show you how to commission music? One resource you may be interested in looking into is the newly merged New Music USA, formerly known as American Music Center and Meet the Composer. Although the website isn't much right now, they seem to have a rich history and great plans for the future. I expect that after the dust settles on the merger, the combined resources will make this organization an excellent connection point for new music. One resource that they currently have available is a guide to commissioning a piece of music, entitled Commissioning Music: A Basic Guide. The pdf document contains some beneficial information, including some price guidelines based on the music marketplace today. Listed near the end of the document are some other resources that budding composers may find helpful. New music is important -- and it's also important for modern composers to connect with resources that can help them prosper. At Harmony Passion, we desire to help community and church musicians to thrive in their art. Keep composing!
By signing up on Scott's website, you can get $5 worth of free mp3 credits on Amazon.com. To nab this deal for yourself, click here. I've already got some vocal harmony group music that I know I'm spending my credits on. What will you use your $5 credit for? Let us know by leaving a comment. Enjoy the free music!
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