Re-written narrations of the Christmas story [free Christmas presentation download]

By Guest Blogger | November 17, 2016

Pulling together an order of service that also includes a creative element to both refresh the usual content and appeal to visitors can be pretty daunting. We were discussing ideas for Christmas service planning in the Musicademy Worship Community (it’s a Group on Facebook – you are welcome to join too) when one of our regular community […]

Do’s and Don’ts for Christmas service planning

By Guest Blogger | November 8, 2016

Do’s and Don’ts: Christmas service planning We asked the Musicademy Worship Community (our new Facebook Group) for their tips on Christmas planning and were blown away by a response from Christopher Phillimore that listed some super useful Do’s and Don’ts. We couldn’t agree more with his suggestions. Here is Christopher’s list: DO plan in advance […]

Worship training day livestream videos

By admin | November 7, 2016

We were able to record a number of the masterclasses at our recent worship training day in Peterborough. These were doing using Facebook Live so are a single camera and on-board audio feed. Worship Team Essentials Part 1 If you like the concepts covered in Worship Team Essentials we would definitely recommend our Band Skills […]

Flare Audio’s Isolate ear defenders [Review]

By admin | November 2, 2016

I go to a lot of live music. Festivals, gigs and conferences. At the majority, sound levels are perfectly acceptable and I leave at the end of the evening without feeling that my ears are bleeding. But sometimes it’s loud. Too loud. At a pub gig a couple of years ago the music was so […]

Developing a sense of timing in your worship team

By [email protected] | October 17, 2016

Someone once told me that music with dodgy tuning is folk and music with dodgy timing is jazz… So does that mean lots of worship bands are actually playing sophisticated jazz-folk? All jokes aside, so many worship teams could improve their sound immensely if they just focused on improving their sense of timing. Most musicians […]

Same old chords new shapes

By [email protected] | October 5, 2016

Recently a guitar student asked me to teach them a cover version of Katy Perry’s California Gurls by YouTube boywonder Alex Goot. This kid is one of the many internet viral sensations building a readymade fan base poised for when they come to release their own music by covering other people’s songs and filming themselves […]

How inclusive are the worship songs we choose and the music we make?

By [email protected] | September 23, 2016

Some questions: In an age where much of our congregational worship music is designed for large gatherings or even designed to attract large gatherings does it really best serve the vast majority of Christian worshipers who aren’t in large churches with good quality musicians? Is the worship music we use actually the best tool to help people sing […]