Teaching a new hymn
Date: October 6, 2013
I am choir director at a Methodist church. We use the "red" hymnal, don'tcha know. Our's is, thankfully, a "singing" congregation...they sing standard hymn fare very well. But there are quite a few hymns in the Methodist Hymnal that have never been touched...e.g. Come Sunday, or I Want to Be Ready, and a few others, not to mention the wealth of material available from other sources. I am truly interested in knowing just how you teach new musical material to your respective congregatiions. Do you rehearse them before the service, during the service, playing the hymn for serveral weeks prior, or just charge right in there and hope for the best? I have not done very much of this over the years...I suppose because I am uncomfortable with congregational rehearsals. Any feedback from church musicians is greatly appreciated.
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