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Costly. Worth it!

Costly.  Worth it! ”No,” replied the king, “I insist on paying a price, for I will not offer to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” 2 Samuel 24:24 As God leads people into music ministry – leaders and laity alike – we soon learn that skillful music ministry (Psalm 33:3) requires […]

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The Key to Successful Music Ministry – Musicians Institute

While ministry is a reality which cannot be seen in and of itself – many evaluate the effectiveness of church music ministry by what can be observed with our senses: What we see – especially the numbers – bigger looks better. What we hear – studio quality sound is the goal – because live stream… […]

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Instrumental Groups – Growing Them, Involving Them in Worship – Musicians Institute

Instrumental Groups – Growing Them, Involving Them in Worship Prayer is the key to motivation, attendance, personnel, finance, growth, etc. needs. Eph. 3:20, 21 – “God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine”. Prayer gives us God’s power, presence, provision, and perspective. Psalm 33:3 – Skillful playing is biblical! Called servant or […]

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Places to Go, People to See – Or How to Get Your People to Come to Rehearsal – Musicians Institute

April 2018 MUSICIANS INSTITUTE Places to Go, People to See – Or How to Get Your People to Come to Rehearsal Jeff Cranfill The case (As if you didn’t already know) Think back over the last week, then the last month. How crowded was your day, your week? How busy were you? The members of […]

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Warm Ups For Your Instrumental Group – Part 2 – How? – Musicians Institute

May 2017 WARM-UPS FOR YOUR INSTRUMENTAL GROUP – PART 2 – HOW? Jeff Cranfill Using short pieces, exercises or scales is ideal for beginning a rehearsal. Before the demands of many orchestra pieces, these warm ups give the orchestra an opportunity to focus on these aspects of performance. They help set the course for how […]

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Warm-ups For Your Instrumental Group – Part 1 – Why? – Musicians Institute

April 2017 WARM-UPS FOR YOUR INSTRUMENTAL GROUP – PART 1 – WHY? Jeff Cranfill How does your usual day begin – I mean what are the first things you do? Perhaps it goes something like this – you open your eyes, jump to your feet and run 5 miles. As difficult, harmful, and crazy as […]

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Orchestras In Church Ministry Today – Musicians Institute

ORCHESTRAS IN CHURCH MINISTRY TODAY Jeff Cranfill From time to time I get involved in conversations about orchestras playing in worship services. Musical instruments are included as part of the worship services in many churches in many parts of the world, as they have been for decades. There are some people in these conversations who […]

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Experience can be bad and good… – Musicians Institute

Experience can be bad and good… In churches today, what a person experiences is being equated with scripture.  The emotions we feel are very real, and can make our experiences seem more “real” than truth we know and read from God’s Holy word.  A person doesn’t need to have an emotional buzz to worship.  Emotion […]

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Sunday worship in orchestra – Musicians Institute

Sunday worship in orchestra Getting one’s heart ready for worship is a focus of mine on Saturdays. Whatever else I do, I am thinking and looking and praying ahead about services tomorrow.  I set me heart to give to God the worship He deserves.  I also try to make sure I get to bed at […]

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Playing Difficult Orchestrations – Musicians Institute

Musicians Institute – January 2016 In an effort to help encourage and equip musicians, I am excited to launch the Musicians Institute. This will begin with an article each month or so on topics that have helped me as a director/writer and my players. I welcome your comments and questions. ————————————————————– Playing Difficult Orchestrations Jeff […]

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