CPTP143: Being the Worship Music Pianist – Tips and Tools

playing by ear

Becoming a worship music pianist means shifting mindsets a bit. You’re not always going to be the lead player, sometimes you’re going to need to take a supporting role. You’re also going to need to read lead sheets…and to get better at listening to other musicians.

Whether you’re interested in being a worship music pianist yourself, or you want to prepare your students for this role, Drew Collins is here to help.

Drew CollinsDrew is a worship music leader and there’s no one better to give us the ins and outs of church music. Take a listen to find out more.


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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • The responsibilities of being a worship music pianist
  • The difference between worship piano and worship keys
  • How to speak different music dialects as needed
  • What the drive, support and accent roles are
  • How to get students to listen to music in different genres
  • The most important skills and qualities for a worship music pianist

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Have you taught a student who became a worship music pianist?

How did it go? What surprised you about Drew’s perspective on this type of playing?

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