Listening skills for worship musicians

By [email protected] | July 31, 2019

Some time back I was in a church listening to the band play. They were doing all the right things but something about their sound did not facilitate the congregations’ worship as well as it might. The playing was ok and reasonably in time, the volume was appropriate, the pacing was fine, even the tuning […]

How to lead worship with piano alone

By [email protected] | June 2, 2019

We’ve been looking recently at the challenges of working just with a piano or keyboard rather than a full worship band. We’ve compiled a list of songs suited for keys alone. There are also many keys training resources with helpful hints and tips on worship leading using keys. Our friend David Lee wrote a useful […]

Contemporary worship songs for piano alone

By [email protected] |

We have a lengthy discussion in our Facebook Group about recommendations of contemporary worship songs that work well with just a piano to lead. With a capable pianist you have the opportunity to explore more hymn-like songs with multiple chord changes that guitarists struggle with. But of course this is also very dependedn on the […]

9 tips for organists: Leading worship in a traditional setting

By Sacha Tomkins | January 30, 2019

Here at Musicademy our focus has always been on contemporary worship music (or at least introducing contemporary techniques to more traditional music and musicians). Less so on traditional music, e.g for an organist! However… Our recent batch of guest writers have brought an additional dimension, with professional choral conductor, pianist, organist and singer Sacha Tomkins writing […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ask the Expert: Can we keep everyone happy by putting a contemporary keyboard in a wooden cabinet?

By [email protected] | January 22, 2016

We received a fascinating email from Liz from South Ruislip, UK who had been to one of our training days and had asked for advice on what keyboard to purchase for her church. We’d suggested the Roland RD800 which their Leadership Team agreed to. However, the proposed move to a more contemporary instrument has not pleased everyone. […]