5 December 2020
St Ebbe's Oxford, OX1 1QE
9:30am - 12:30pm

What does the Bible say about our singing and worship? How do we play our instruments in a way that helps (and not hinders) the congregation's praise? What are the key skills needed to run a biblical music ministry? How do I create a healthy culture amongst my music team?

Come and join us for a morning of great Bible teaching as well as practical seminars, fellowship and Q&A. Come to be equipped, challenged, resourced and excited about God's purposes for your church's music ministry. Presented by Philip Percival, Alanna Glover, Liv Chapman and others from the Emu team.

This Masterclass will be a covid-secure event with high hygiene standards and social distancing. Delegates will be required to wear masks, and sadly there'll be no congregational singing! Numbers are limited, so sign up today.


9:15am: Doors and registration open
9:30am: Main Session
10:00am: Church Music Masterclass
10:45am: Q&A
11:00am: Coffee break
12:20pm: Seminars
Song Leading
Leading from Acoustic Guitar
Piano for Church

Melody Instruments
What Songs Should We Sing?
12:20pm: Wrap up
12:30pm: Conference Close

Church Music Masterclass: In this session we aim to cover everything you’ll ever need to know about leading excellent singing in your church - whatever your church size or preferred style of music! We’ll look at how (as a music team) we give priority to the congregation’s voice, and how we can use any instrument and vocal combination to provide a creative and confident lead for the singing in your church. Helpful for everyone - musicians, vocalists, worship leaders, sound team, pastors. 

Song Leading: In many ways, the song leader is the single most important person in leading great congregational singing. We will look at the biblical basis for having a song leader, but will aim to spend most of our time on the practicalities of how to lead singing well - including mic technique, what to say, how to teach new material etc., as well offering some constructive criticism to those who are happy to stand up and have a go! Helpful for singers, worship leaders, pastors.

Piano for Church: For many churches the piano is the key instrument in leading congregational singing. But often we lack the skills to turn years of lessons and exams into playing in a helpful style for church leading. We'll look at contemporary keyboard techniques and discuss how and when to leave the score behind! We'll also discuss the differences between playing on your own and in a band.

Leading from Acoustic Guitar: This session will look at how the guitar can be used most effectively in facilitating congregational singing, as part of a band but also on your own. We will look closely at use of capos, strumming rhythms, and how to play hymns on a guitar.

Song Selection and Planning a Service: Choosing songs thoughtfully and intentionally is key to an effective word-based music ministry. However, there is so much to consider when creating services week in and week out - and it can be hard to keep our focus on what is important! In this workshop we’ll think about how to create a well-rounded repertoire of songs for our church and talk through all the factors we need to consider when choosing from this list each week. We’ll also consider how style, instrumentation, lyrical content and liturgy affect our song choices. Helpful for pastors, singers, worship leaders, songwriters.

Melody Instruments: Single-note instruments can play a vital role in the overall sound and feel of congregational music. But sometimes knowing what and where to play can be confusing. How do you fit with the other instruments in the band? What do you play when you don't have a score in front of you? We'll explore some practical techniques for self-arranging, harmonising and improvisation – no matter what your experience!

Delegate cancellations will incur a £5 administration fee. Sorry, no refunds will be given for cancellations within one week of the event. In the event of a cancellation by Emu, a full refund will be given.

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