8 ideas to encourage more participation in worship

By Andy@Musicademy | September 3, 2021

I recently read a book which chronicled the rise of the evangelical church in England from the 1950s onwards. This reported a clear link between high levels of participation in worship and personal spiritual growth and communal church renewal. The book, controversially called ‘Selling Worship’ (by Pete Ward), also observes that in sung worship in […]

28 Do’s and Don’ts of Christmas service planning

By admin | December 10, 2019

Planning a Christmas service? Read this first DO plan well in advance and lock everything down in good time with the leaders DO choose and circulate your music/key choice well ahead of rehearsals. Christmas is often the one time of year when you have orchestral and brass instruments joining the band. They tend to prefer a […]

Hymns! 8 new MultiTracks from David Woodman

By admin | September 23, 2019

We are delighted to have released eight new MultiTracks and Split Tracks that are contemporary arrangements of classic hymns. Arranged and recorded by our friend David Woodman, they are taken from David’s new album, Hymnal. The hymns available are: All For You (Take My Life) All People That on Earth do Dwell (Doxology) Come Let […]

What advice would you offer a first-time worship leader?

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Advice for worship leaders: a crowd-sourced list We asked the question “What advice would you offer a first-time worship leader?” and were amazed by the number of helpful (and funny) responses. So we’ve compiled this crowd-sourced list: Preparation Be as practically prepared as you can be – music in order, chords etc sent to band […]

How to lead worship with piano alone

By Marie@Musicademy | 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 Marie@Musicademy | May 28, 2019

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 […]

Worship Leader Training: Beginning and Ending Songs Well

By admin | April 11, 2019

We had a vote in the Musicademy Worship Community (our Facebook Group) to see which of the 20 lessons in our Practical Worship Leading course people wanted to have made free-of-charge on the blog. This is the lesson that won. Leading worship: beginning and ending songs well This lesson unpacks a range of ideas and […]

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 […]