Saturday, 24th February, 2018
St Ebbe's Church, Oxford, OX1 1QE 
What does the Bible tell us about our worship and singing? And how do we best lead our churches in singing the praise of Jesus? Join us for a one-day music ministry conference - a chance to be encouraged and refreshed, to hear from the Bible, and to grow in practical skills for music ministry in your church.

We are excited to have Tim Escott from Christ Church Durham 
as our Bible teacher, and a team of local musicians will be joining the Emu team in running the music and workshops for the day.

9:45am Main Session
11:00am Break
11:30am Church Music Masterclass
12:30pm Lunch (BYO)
1:30pm Workshop 1 
(Song Leading, Melody Instruments, Leading From Guitar, 
Piano For Church, Bass & Drums)
2:30pm Workshop 2 
(Song Leading (repeat), Piano For Church (repeat), Leading From Guitar (repeat), 
Sound Desk, Intro to Biblical Theology of Music)
3:30pm Final Session
4:00pm Finish


Song Leading: Many consider the song leader to be 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, and how to make sure it all goes smoothly!

Piano for Church: Piano is often the key instrument in leading congregational singing. But many of us lack the skills to turn years of lessons into playing in a style that is helpful for our churches to sing to. We'll look at basic chord playing, contemporary keyboard techniques, and discuss how to leave the score behind! 

Leading from 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 rythms, and how to play hymns on a guitar.

Rhythm & Bass: What does it take to create a solid foundation to a rhythm section? The bass and drums are the 'engine room' of any church band. We will look at: our roles, finding a part, locking in together, time, technical skills, playing the song, groove vocabulary and more. This is a demonstration based masterclass where you will have the opportunity to observe different techniques and tips for playing drums or bass in your church band.

Sound Mixing: There is so much more to being a sound guy than plugging in DI boxes. Mixing the levels of a band takes time and a trained ear to get right. Come to this seminar to learn about the theories of sound and get practical tips on how you can develop as a sound engineer.

Melody Instrument: What is the role of a melody instrument in a church band, and how can it be used to best help the congregation to sing? This seminar will look at the purpose, function, and joys of being a melody instrument in a church context!


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