Intro to band dynamics
Playing in a band is different from playing solo. In a good band all the instruments have their own spaces, their own features, and their own roles. Most importantly, members of a band work together to achieve something they can’t on their own. This seminar lays the foundations for how to play effectively with other instruments in a church band.
Biblical Foundations of Music Ministry
Worship songs and church go together so naturally that it is hard to imagine church without songs. But does what comes naturally necessarily Christian? The Gospel of Jesus turns many normal things upside down, so it is essential for us to see what God’s Word says about worship, singing and church. This workshop is about building Biblical foundations for our music ministry. It is aimed at Pastors, Music Directors and others keen to delve into the issues.
Biblical Foundations: Applied
Despite being familiar with some of the teaching in the Bible about music, it can still be difficult for us to work out the practical implications for our regular singing in church. In what ways do our practices need to come under the spotlight of Scripture? How should we review them honestly and faithfully? Building on the content of the Biblical Foundations workshop, this session will help us to review Biblically various elements of our music, such as our song repertoire, our song leading approaches, our audio ministry priorities, and even our training goals, to make sure we are being shaped by God’s word. It is aimed at Pastors, Music Directors and others keen to apply the Bible well to our singing in church..
Reviving congregational singing
Is singing at your church purposeful and focused? Does it have a clear place in the context of your Sunday gatherings? Or does it just happen because it has always happened?
In this workshop, we’ll get back to first principles and consider what the Scriptures say about the place of singing in church life. And we’ll discuss some practical ways of helping your congregation to sing well – to God and to each other – so that the church may be edified through the gift of song.
We’ve all experienced the benefit of a really well-chosen or well-placed song at church (but also those that felt out of place or just fell flat!) Good song selection is crucial to providing music that builds up, encourages and teaches God’s people. How do we pick songs that do this? How do we work out which ones don’t?
This workshop considers some practical guidelines for choosing songs for your Church service and your Church song list.
Vocal, guitar, piano, bass, drums: you guys are the core of most church bands.
As the core band members, you need to work together. That’s why this year all the Core instrumental workshops have the same focus: variation.
In five separate workshops led by experienced church musicians, you’ll learn instrument-specific techniques to change the way that you play in the band. If your other band members go to the other Core workshops, you’ll know they’re learning the same thing on their instrument.
Get together at your next rehearsal, and we hope you’ll have the skills to inject a new level of interest and dynamics into helping your congregation sing.
Constanza Herrero Parada
Good vocal technique is essential for getting the most out of your voice. In this workshop we’ll look at the various techniques singers use to make their vocals sound great, and their voices last for a lifetime. If you’re new to singing, or have never had formal singing training, this would be a great workshop for you. Expect some fun!
Piano: When you are the band
Lots of what we do at Exalt is help each other to play well together in a church band. But what about if you don’t have a band? In this workshop we’ll look at how to play piano for church singing when piano is all you have (or almost all you have). The piano is a highly versatile instrument and even as a solo pianist you can lead the congregation in wholehearted singing. Come and learn techniques for contemporary piano that will help you support your congregation, vary your sound, and make use of all strengths that a solo piano has to offer.
Single Note Instruments: Written parts
Brass, strings, and woodwind can make for rich, exciting, and remarkably beautiful additions to a church band. But here’s the problem that you might have faced: What exactly should I play? And when? What if I can play well, but I don’t yet have the skills to be able to improvise on the spot? You have a few options: play the melody, play a written part, or play nothing at all. Why not all three? In this workshop we’ll look at how to use written parts for sections of songs to take your playing at church up a level. We’ll also teach you some basic skills to help you quickly and easily write your own written parts from standard church sheet music. With thinking about what to play and when, and using some good parts to guide you, we hope you’ll be able find your place in the band and bring all the class of a classical orchestral instrument.
The sound operator is a vital link in a chain connecting musicians, pastors and congregation. What priorities should a sound operator have? How can you mix musically? This workshop is appropriate for people who are technically literate, but lacking formal training in the field of sound reinforcement. Topics include monitor setup, mixing of church bands and sermon recording. The session will include both listening and demonstration using live sound gear.
Children. Sunday School. Music. Sounds like a scary mix! This workshop will explore how music can engage children in a Sunday School and church context. You face many issues when trying to teach songs to kids: Will they understand it? Will the boys sing? This session is aimed at children’s ministry workers and parents. If you have an instrument, bring it along to play; if you don’t have any musical skill, the workshop will still be great for you.
Leading a church music team
Are you the music director or co-ordinator at your church? In this multi-faceted leadership role, it can feel like there is so much we could do, but not enough time for it all. In this workshop, we’ll discuss some key focus areas that can maximise your effectiveness in co-ordinating a team.
We’ll look at key ministry areas like song selection and pastoral care. And we’ll discuss the importance of growing in your own faith and artistry, and staying healthy and creatively inspired.