So far, 2016 is about new beginnings and doing something different. As a former church music director of seven years, I’ve had the privilege of directing enthusiastic lay musicians with organized music groups such as children’s music, teen choir, handbell choir, adult choir, instrumental ensembles, and orchestra.
During that time I picked up another instrument of praise, the guitar. Churches continue to streamline music worship using the praise or rock band accompaniment. This simplifies church worship because fewer people are involved, but then again, fewer people have the privilege and blessing of serving the congregation through music. This change has challenged me to consider how else I can equip young people for a life that is music enriched. Music education takes many forms and now I find myself teaching guitar classes and private lessons, as well as expanding my flute lessons to real-time Skype sessions with students all over the map. I also teach and accompany choirs.
How can you expand your music interests and skills this year. Is there something musical in your bucket list of things to do that would bring joy, peace, and hope to your life? Music builds community, and as such, we create community when we share music because we do it together. Wishing you a wonderful start to your 2016.