Meri’s Musical Musings

5 musical benefits of attending church services with children and teens

Posted on: November 15, 2011

One of the benefits of attending church services with children is that you will likely find a competent or excellent piano teacher, since music directors at most churches have to play the piano extremely well to handle challenging piano parts in choir anthems and piano parts of instrumental soloists.

Another musical benefit of attending church services with children is if your child is learning an instrument in school, and the church regularly hires solo instrumentalists. Children learning an instrument in school can have the opportunity to hear musicians on the instrument they play and on other instruments who play the instrument at an advanced level, which can improve their sound concept and inspire them to practice more and even take lessons, since they very rarely see advanced playing on most instruments outside of school. Most guest solo instrumentalists teach privately as well.

Third, children sometimes have the opportunity to sing in children’s church choirs, and older teens may be allowed to participate in the adult choir in some churches, particularly if those older teens are altos or tenors (most adult choirs need more voices of these two types). Because these children’s church choirs tend to be small, directors of these choirs often teach them how to project their voice. Not only that, but good voices that are undiscovered in school choirs are often found in these small children’s church choirs, who are sometimes given solos.

Fourth, churches provide opportunities for budding young musicians, usually those who study privately with good teachers, additional opportunities to play, usually as part of a church orchestra, but sometimes as soloists and in music camps, most of which are held in the summer.

Fifth, teens who sing well, particularly high sopranos or tenors aiming to study singing professionally and who are strong sight-singers, are sometimes able to get jobs as choir or section leaders, which typically pay about $300 a month for one rehearsal and one service a week. However, these jobs usually go to musicians studying at a college, university, or conservatory for music.

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