Group Learning Topics

. . . church musicians lead the church’s song. In the Lutheran tradition we are often known as cantors. This includes the roles of choir directors, organists, instrumental leaders, praise band leaders, song leaders, composers, arrangers, and worship planners. Since its founding in 1985 the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) has served its members by providing the support, learning, networking, grounding, inspiration and celebration to carry us into the future. 

. . . While some of us are employed in full-time positions, most are employed part-time. Some are called as volunteers, often in churches that cannot afford to hire a musician. We lead the church’s songs and hymns, we plan and perform choral and instrumental music, and use our talents to lead and grow the congregation’s voice. We are all are called to excellence in the music that we lead.”

These two paragraphs from ALCM’s document, “Called to Be a Living Voice” (adopted October 2016), provide the framework in which this 4-day will take place. Our focus during this time is to become more skilled and better equipped to lead the church’s song. In order to do that, registrants will be asked to identify their interest and current skill level for the following activities within the larger category groupings:

Category Skill
Conducting Choral conducting
Instrumental ensemble conducting
Conducting from the keyboard
Choral Choirs as worship leaders
Effective rehearsal technique
Choral tone
Children Worship education/formation
Children’s choral
Children & instruments
Curriculum or not
Piano & Organ Leading liturgy & hymns
Organ registration
Organ manuals only
Piano music on organ
Organ music on piano
Organ or piano? discerning which instrument to use
Hymn introductions
Transitioning between stanzas
Handbells & Handchimes HB ringing techniques
Liturgical use of handbells
Enhancing hymns with handbells
Band (as song leader) Electric Bass
Electric Guitar
Drum Kit
Audio Engineering
Interpreting Lead Sheets
Rhythm Acoustic Guitar
Contemporary Voice
Musical Styles Gospel/African American
Matching instruments to musical style/genre
Playing basic percussion
Composing Service music
Psalm settings
Arranging for other instruments
Assembly/Congregation Singing the psalms
Paperless worship/singing
Singing in unison or harmony
Singing in different languages
Contemplative/refrain-based songs
Integrating other instrumentalists in worship Woodwinds
Classical guitar
Non-music related Worship planning
Lutheran Service Builder
Sundays & Seasons & Prelude Music Planner
Available resources
Understanding the lectionary
Designing & presenting hymn festivals
Preparing service folders/bulletins