Music and Worship Elective Sessions, Fall 2020
Thank you for your input - you spoke and gave me some wonderful topics for us to consider this fall. Please look over the list below and consider how these sessions might serve to develop your skills as a leader in worship here at Cedar Springs. And if you know someone who might benefit from this information, please spread the word! These sessions are offered at no charge.
Registration is required for all sessions due to COVID-19 restrictions
Hymns, Contemporary Songs: Origins & Theology
Three Sessions, Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
- September 30: “King of Kings” - Jason Ingram, Brooke and Scott Ligertwood, 2019
- October 21: “Rock of Ages” - Augustus Toplady, 1763
- November 11: “Oh Sin-Sick Soul” - West Breedlove, 2017
In each of these stand-alone sessions we will explore the origins and underlying theology present in three of the hymns and songs used in worship at Cedar Springs.
Music Reading for Singers
Three Sessions, Sundays at 2:00 pm
- October 4: Rhythmic Notation 101
- October 11: Rhythmic Notation Part 2: Time Signatures and Measures
- October 18: Rhythms and Pitches: Adding the Staff, Intervals
This mini-course in music reading is arranged into three sessions, and each session builds on the previous topic. Whether you can read music a little or not really at all, this is a great opportunity to refresh your knowledge and gain some music reading and aural skills.
Composition and Arranging / Music Theory
One Session: Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 pm
This session is intended for hands-on discussion and demonstration of concepts and techniques used in music composition and arranging, especially as it pertains to crafting music intended for congregational singing. Discussions will include some basic music theory terminology, but you do not necessarily have to have a music theory background. This session may be limited to a certain number of participants, depending on interest and locations available.
Choral Singing Mysteries
One Session: Sunday, October 11: 3:00 pm
Singers in a choir are required to focus on the fundamentals of notes, rhythms, and words… but often choir directors are working on blend, phrasing, and intonation. This session is intended to help bridge the gap between director and singer by defining common terms and goals, explaining the communication of conducting, and working on group vocal techniques that are unique to choral singing.
Note: We will be following national “safe-singing” guidelines that are in place in most educational choral programs, which means outdoor rehearsal space, social distancing, and no more than 30 minutes of actual singing. However, masks are optional. You will likely get more from the class if you are able to experience the mechanics of singing without constraint.