By Musicademy.com ~
We recently asked our Musicademy Facebook page members the question “What advice would you give to a worship team wanting to make rehearsals as effective as possible?” It had a huge response and we’ve compiled some of the best ideas into these 30 tips.
“Rules” for worship rehearsals
- Don’t noodle/text/call/Facebook/SnapChat between songs
- Separate rehearsals from the sound check and song run through before the service
- Rehearsals are for working through the song together, practice is what you’ve done at home beforehand to learn the song and your part
- Arrive on time and stick to a schedule. You do have a schedule, right??
- Set expectations and reinforce them constructively but be aware that some people have multiple time pressures and perhaps need extra grace from the rest of the team
- Treating everyone fairly doesn’t necessarily mean treating everyone the same. Respect team member’s time pressures/commitments and differing experience/skill levels.
Worship team culture
- Encourage people to try new things and make mistakes
- Model servanthood and not divahood
- Freestyle worship together
- Don’t be a slave to the album version. Use it as a jumping off point if you need to but make it your own
- Developing team vision, mission and values statements can be a useful motivating and team building exercise that brings focus and direction
- Go to worship conferences together and reflect on what you will do differently as a result
Practical tips for rehearsals
- Start off with praying then do a big, well known song to let everyone blow and get some excess energy out (especially if you’re working with a youth band). It will help them focus more later
- Preparation! Make sure everyone knows what songs they are playing, which version, in which key, and that they have the correct score/chord charts and YouTube/Spotify links for new songs
- Give everyone a job. Get everyone involved in set up and tear down
- Practise spontaneity
- Rehearse in a circle facing each other, keep the volume low enough so you can talk over the level of the music
- Reinforce the importance of eye contact and listening to each other
- Choose songs well in advance and communicate the short list to the team
- Use MultiTracks and instructional training resources to separate listen to, and learn, instrument parts
Pastoring the team
- Include your sound techs and take their feedback on board
- Connect with your team outside of church. Do fun things just so people can get to know and get to love each other.
- Pray together, for each other and for what you bring together.
- Try using one of the many personality profiling tools (Enniagram, MBTI etc.) to find and use your team member’s skills beyond their musical ability.
Further rehearsal hints and tips
- Practice loud songs quietly and quiet songs loudly
- Film or record practices and services and constructively critique what you find. Always start with what was good and then what could we do better
- Have a specific focus to different practice sessions
- If pressed for time, practise stops, starts and junction points rather than playing the whole song again and again
- Focus on trouble spots. Loop and repeat them, then practice them more than you think you need to.
- Occasionally take a full day out, ideally with an external trainer/facilitator, to work with your team.
Thanks to everyone who contributed some ideas. And feel free to add some more below.
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