SONGWRITING WORKSHOP (11 APRIL | 7:30-9:00PM)
An evening where we will talk about the theology and practice of writing a congregational song, thinking particularly about lyric and music writing. We'll look at examples of great songwriting, and think about how we aim for simplicity and creating lyrical and musical hooks.
A NIGHT WITH EMU CONCERT (12 APRIL | 7:30-9:00PM)
Join us for a night of songs and storytelling as the Emu team shares some of their songs and the passages and moments that inspired them. Hear the gospel shared and sung at this family-friendly evening of live music.
WORD IN SONG CONFERENCE (13 APRIL | 9:15AM - 4:00PM)
In these past few years, most of us have experienced a time of extraordinary disruption in our churches. More than ever, we need to be clear on what the Bible has to say about singing and its place within the church. At this year's Word In Song Conference, we'll be thinking about how to create a healthy culture of singing, how to lead with clarity and confidence for the sake of the church, and how to best use our gifts to love and serve. As always, we want you to be equipped and encouraged by God's word, and to leave with useful practical skills and ideas for your music ministry. Come and join us for a fun and foundational day of training for your church music team!
8:45am: Doors and registration open
9:15am: Main Session: Bible teaching, Shaping a Singing Culture
11:00am: Church Music Masterclass + Q&A
Leading a Team
Leading from Guitar and Piano
Drums and Bass
Music for Kids and Youth
Backing Vocals and Harmonies
Ministry of Sound
3:15pm: Final session
4:00pm: Conference Close
Please note: seminars are subject to change.
In many ways, the song leader is the single most important person in leading great congregational singing. We will spend our time on the practicalities of how to lead singing well – including how to prepare, how to communicate clearly and with confidence, and mic and singing technique.
Helpful for singers, song leaders, pastors.
Leading a Team:
Effective music ministry can’t happen without someone in charge. But many of us land in the job of music director or band leader with little experience or knowing how to take the ministry forward. This session will look at the role of those in leadership, how to shape a team culture, how to shape a culture of singing in the church, and run an effective rehearsal.
Helpful for song leaders, music team leaders, music directors and those aspiring to these roles!
Leading from Piano and Guitar:
Many of our churches have just these two instruments, so how do we make the most of them? And how to we lead in a dynamic, engaged, complimentary way from these instruments?
In this seminar, we'll unpack both the harmonic and rhythmic elements of great congregational leading, and provide the tools for pianists and guitarists to understand each other better and play together well.
Helpful for guitarists, pianists, band leaders, singers.
Drums and 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.
Helpful for drummers, bassists.
Music for Kids and Youth: Music and singing is one of the most effective ways to teach and train our kids and young people in Bible knowledge and godliness. But often we feel under-resourced or unable to create and sustain a singing culture in our children’s and youth ministries. In this seminar, we’ll look at the why, what and how of music for kids and young people. Be prepared to get in touch with your inner-child or teenager and get ready for some ‘hands-on’ action as we consider singing with kids together.
Helpful for kids leaders.
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!
Helpful for melody instrumentalists, pianists.
Backing vocals and Harmonies:
How do we best lead the congregation, when it might not be our primary role? How do we work with other singers in a band and support the melody in a clear and confident way? Come along to hear the key features that make a great backing vocalist, as well as the foundational elements of hearing and singing a harmony in a way that supports the melody and creates a beautiful, full texture of vocals. We love that three part harmony!
Helpful for singers, band leaders.
Ministry of Sound:
This session is about training your ears and the practical implications of the church being called to hear God’s word: spoken and sung. We will consider how we play for different-sized congregations, volume, balance, the critical mass of a space, how to self-mix, ambient sound, and how to foster good relationships between musicians, the tech team, and the congregation.
Helpful for music pastors, musicians, sound technicians.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is there a group discount?
Yes! Group discounts are applied automatically at checkout on Conference and Package tickets only (10% off each ticket for groups of 5-14, and 20% off each ticket for groups of 15+). We can also provide a unique code for your group so that you can all sign up individually at a discounted rate. Please click here if your team is 5-14, and please click here if your team is 15+.
2. Who is this conference useful for?
Every member of a church music team, especially those starting out in this ministry. At nearly every conference we meet someone who tells us they wish they had brought the whole team along - as listening and learning together makes the biggest difference back in your church.
Yes! The ministry of the word in song flourishes when it deliberately complements the spoken word. As the leader of the congregation's praise under Jesus, we hope you'll see the responsibility and joy of overseeing the music ministry at your church. What's more, your musicians will find it a great encouragement to see you supporting their ministry.
4. I've been doing music for many years. Will I learn anything new?
Most definitely. Many people come to Word In Song simply for the refreshment, encouragement and fellowship with those doing similar ministry.
5. We are a small church with few resources - will this day be relevant?
Yes! We love helping smaller churches work out how to effectively use their resources to lead singing. There will be lots of opportunities for applying biblical and practical principles to every context.
Delegate cancellations will incur a $10 administration fee. Sorry, no refunds will be given for cancellations within one week of the event. In the event that we need to cancel or postpone the conference, Emu Music will provide a full refund.
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