Articles about "Music"
Birth of a Song
by Martin R. Ericson
A gift to a couple celebrating the baptism of their son has now become a gift to you.
Celebration and Music
by William A. Decker, editor
Can you have a time of enjoyment and celebration without music? When people gather for a party, music fills the background. Weddings often end with dinner, dancing, and music. Movies wouldn’t be movies without soundtracks lacing one scene to the next. Marching and pep bands arouse enthusiasm among spectators at high school and college sporting events.
Children, Music, and Worship: Strengthening the Connections
by Michael Krentz
The music of faith is integral to shaping children’s faith and helping them participate and lead in worship. Here are some ways to strengthen congregational resolve to help children worship through the gift of music.
Contemporary Christian Music: What Can We Learn?
by Mark Allan Powell
If you think CCM refers only to ecumenical matters, think again. The people in the pews know it's also about music. Here's what leaders should know about this faith-based world and why they should care.
If We Play It, Will They Come?
by Michael L. Cobbler
Reflections on the relationship between outreach and music.
In Support of Volunteer Musicians
by William A. Decker, editor
Pastor Lois D. Martin lives in a part of the U.S. — central Pennsylvania — where many congregational musicians share their talents on a volunteer basis. And she wants to see that these musicians, whether living in her part of the country or elsewhere, are supported in ways that will result in the kind of “good” music that will serve well the worship of God.
Instruments of Praise
by Mark Glaeser
How we can use instruments in the praise of God, from soloists to orchestral ensembles.
LBW as Interim Hymnal
by Dan Borchers
The author argues that the Lutheran Book of Worship (LBW) has served our churches well — as an interim worship resource. What should we do next?
The Missing Church Organist
by Paula Syptak Price
With a declining number of organ students, congregations are feeling the pinch. Here's what some organizations and individuals are doing to increase the number of organists and music directors.
Music and Volunteers: Seeking the “Good”
by Lois D. Martin
The author, both a pastor and a musician, shows how pastors and congregational leaders can support their volunteer musicians so that they can provide good leadership to their congregations’ music ministries.
Nurturing New Musicians
by Carolyn Bliss
Here are 10 ways to help congregations provide excellent musical leadership for the church in the years ahead.
Teenagers and Church Music: What Do They Really Think?
by Barbara J. Resch
What do teens think is the appropriate kind of music for a worship setting? An interview with a professor of music education who researched this question provides some interesting answers.