Becoming a worship music pianist means shifting mindsets a bit. You’re not always going to be the lead player, sometimes you’re going to need to take a supporting role. You’re also going to need to read lead sheets…and to get better at listening to other musicians.
Whether you’re interested in being a worship music pianist yourself, or you want to prepare your students for this role, Drew Collins is here to help.
Drew is a worship music leader and there’s no one better to give us the ins and outs of church music. Take a listen to find out more.
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In this episode, you’ll learn
- The responsibilities of being a worship music pianist
- The difference between worship piano and worship keys
- How to speak different music dialects as needed
- What the drive, support and accent roles are
- How to get students to listen to music in different genres
- The most important skills and qualities for a worship music pianist
- South Suburban Church
- Drew Collins on Bandcamp
- 9 Reasons Why Playing Lead Sheets is Essential for Piano Students
- Taking the Lead webinar replay
- The Ground by Ola Gjeilo
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Have you taught a student who became a worship music pianist?
How did it go? What surprised you about Drew’s perspective on this type of playing?
I really enjoyed this podcast! I have several students whose goal is to be able to play on the youth group worship team or eventually the main worship team for church. I would love to hear more about this subject and what resources would be good to have students use? Thank you!