Complete Website Makeover

 

 

Dear Fellow Musicians and Worship leaders,

 

It’s a new year, and we are finally getting around a complete makeover of the Hymnprovisation.com website and branding to make it more readable, useful and practical for you.

We are in the process of a complete makeover of Hymnprovisation.com which will include a new header, logo, and new design to serve you better. In addition, we plan on adding new content, sheet music for sale, and pre-sales of the book,

Hymnprovisation- The art of improvising and effective accompaniment. 

Our goal is to serve fellow musicians by collecting and offering useful information, advice, input and training, for church musicians, worship leaders and hobby musicians. We hope to do this through the means of this website that is both easy to navigate and also meets the needs of our readers in a clean and professional manner.

We need your input!

In order to do this well, we are going to need your help!

We’ve created a short survey that we think will help us narrow down the needs of our readers to better serve them. Would you take a moment to fill this out? We will be carefully and prayerfully considering your responses and Lord willing, we will be able to serve you better this year.

We are grateful to those of you who already have taken a few short minutes to do this!

What we hope to accomplish in 2017:

Please bear with us as we test out and try to implement some new things including,

  • Creating a professional looking website with better content, tailored to your needs in an easy to read and navigate format that doesn’t turn readers off.

 

  • Distilling and Communicating our mission and purpose better.

 

  • Collaborating with other musicians and professionals in the fields which you are interested in.

 

  • And adding additional content including:
    • Writing and posting to the blog at least twice a month.
    • More links to other helpful websites
    • More videos.
    • A new page with sales of vintage, POP and newer sheet music.
    • Pre-sales of the book as mentioned above.
    • Adding specific content related to your responses to our survey as to how we can assist you better. (Please take a moment to tell us how we can help you this year.)

Music Conferences

Many of you have asked about whether we are going to do another music conference this year. The answer is, I would like to, but simply cannot afford it at the moment. Even though we had a generous sponsor, 46 paying attendees and several very kind individuals who volunteered much of their time and resources, it just didn’t come close to covering the cost of putting it together. I was a bit concerned that the cost of attending wouldn’t be affordable to those who wanted to come, and yet, for the quality of instruction, it turned out to be a very fair deal. We are still praying about this, but unless the LORD directs otherwise, we will plan to do one again in 2018. There is still a small possibility of organizing one this Fall, but I will need volunteers in order to make this happen. (I just can’t afford to take 6 months off of my regular job this year to plan, organize and execute it myself.)

Funding for this ministry

This website is a ministry. Not a 501.C.3 tax exempt charity, but a ministry nonetheless. It is not a money-making proposition but something I do because I love quality sacred worship music, and because I like to help other people be able to make quality music. Pretty much every aspect of it cost money. Sending emails to you, taking the time away from paying work to write, improve this website and blog, select content, etc,-all of it has costs and there may well come a time when I am unable to continue this because other needs are more pressing. Until then, I have been blessed to be able to do this and hope to continue. If the LORD puts it on your heart to donate to this ministry, that would be appreciated, but I am not requiring or even asking. You can contact me privately if necessary.

 

I’m sure we are missing something, and since our goal is to serve YOU, won’t you let us know what would be helpful to you? Please take a few moments to take the survey or leave a comment below and let us know!

Once again, don’t forget to take the survey here!

 

Exciting Announcements for 2016!

Exciting Announcements for 2016!

Just wanted to write a quick post about some of the exciting things planned for 2016 on Hymnprovisation.com!

First, and I can hardly wait…

I want to let you know about an upcoming workshop on Sacred Worship Music! This isn’t about 18th century stuff or about modern CCM, but about Worship Music, both older and newer, that is both effective, dynamic, awesome, and set apart for the glory of GOD ALONE!

If you play the piano, lead music, sing in church, or do all of the above, this workshop is for you! It will be in the greater Spokane, WA area, and we are tentatively planning it for early Summer. I will let you know just as soon as I have the dates, times, and exact location.

As mentioned, we are hoping to include training on three aspects of church music:

  • Leadership in dynamic directing/conducting.
  • Leadership in singing/vocal training, with group and one on one vocal training by an excellent vocalist and teacher.
  • Leadership in effective and dynamic improvisational accompaniment on the piano, with a nationally known, pianist, teacher,and prolific composer and arranger, whose name will be announced shortly. I promise, you won’t want to miss this class if you are a church pianist!

I can’t say too much more yet, but check back soon as it promises to be an exciting, fun, valuable, informative, and awesome workshop! Our goal is for you to return to your home church, with new tools in your toolbox that you can put to work right away. If this sounds interesting at all to you, please let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to pass on the news to anyone else who might be interested.

 

Second, and almost as exciting as the first announcement:

Keep checking hymnprovisation.com, as we hope to add considerable content, more free music, and a blog post at least once a week. It’s been a little slow getting started, but we are working on bringing you the valuable techniques, and resources for those who want to sharpen their skills and strive for excellence in music. So keep checking back!

 

Last but not least…okay, maybe least!

Don’t be too shocked if the look of things here change in the near future. We wanted to get this up and running, and figured its better to do it now and make it pretty later. So it isn’t the prettiest just yet, but we hope spruce things up just a bit.

So keep us in your bookmarks, and if you would, let us know what you think in the comments below. Suggestions are welcome!