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Our Great Savior

Level: Early Intermediate Pages: 5 Delivery: Instant digital download (PDF) via email This arrangement is included in the Simply Hymns piano collection.

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There Is a Fountain

Level: Early Intermediate Pages: 4 Delivery: Instant digital download (PDF) via email This arrangement is included in the Simply Hymns piano collection.

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This Is My Father’s World

Level: Early Intermediate Pages: 3 Delivery: Instant digital download (PDF) via email This arrangement is included in the Simply Hymns piano collection.

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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Level: Early Intermediate Pages: 3 Delivery: Instant digital download (PDF) via email This arrangement is included in the Simply Hymns piano collection.

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Why Choir?

January 18, 2017 - By 

Recently, a friend of mine sent me an article on reasons why it’s a good idea for a church to have a choir. It was a good list. You’ve seen these types of articles, haven’t you? I gave it a read, wondering if I would discover something new, or at the very least find something that confirmed my already opinionated thoughts on the matter. (After all, the choir is a big part of my ministry.)

What stood out, however, was what was missing. I wrote my friend back: “It’s a good article, but the author missed the most important reason to have a choir: it’s God’s idea.”

It’s true, there are a lot of good musical, social, and spiritual reasons to have a church choir. As another friend recently reminded me, choirs are the quintessential “small group” of the church, offering tremendous opportunities for worship, edification, and spiritual growth. And this is all true and important.

But to me, the most compelling reason to have a choir is simply because it was God’s idea. From the early beginnings of organized Temple worship (2nd Chronicles 5:13, see the whole chapter), to the mass choir of eternal worshipers (Revelation 7:9-12), God has implemented, accepted, and enjoyed the ministry of the choir of believers.

Can a modern church truly be a New Testament church without the ministry of the church choir? Sure. Church plants and small congregations may find it to be low on the list of their immediate priorities. But eventually, as a healthy church grows numerically and spiritually, it would be wise to evaluate the validity of the church choir (even if it could really be called an ensemble).

And it would be a good idea… because it was God’s idea.


He Leadeth Me

Level: Late Intermediate Pages: 4 Delivery: instant digital download (PDF) via email

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What I’ve been up to

January 5, 2017 - By 

So 2016 was a whirlwind year. The year in which I turned 40 gave me no time to pursue a mid-life crises, ha! My first priority has been my family. Our daughter (9 years old) enrolled in a Christian school for the first time this year. She is a social butterfly, and flourishes with friends, schedules and structure. In addition to that, we home school two of our boys, and our three year old continues to bring an overload of joy to our family.

Second has been my church ministry. Things have continued to grow and flourish. We are enjoying the second year of the implementation of our music leadership team, a group devoted to the growth and work of the ministry. I attribute much of the success of our ministry to this group of fellow laborers who love the Lord and are committed. And frankly, that describes the majority of the people I am privileged to serve with week after week. Above all, God is doing a great work at Mikado Baptist Church, and as my pastor likes to say, “we are just glad to be on the bus!”

It’s been a joy to continue to contribute to the online work here at Koerts Music. Here is a list of all the major projects I was able to accomplish in 2016, thanks to the grace of God:

In addition, about half way through 2016 I began recording and making YouTube videos of all music I produce on this website. Please check out my channel, and if you like what you see, please subscribe. I expect to continue this with all future projects.

So, it has been a very busy year, and I give all the credit to God who has allowed me to keep up at this pace.

What can you expect this year? I’m glad you asked. Here’s a few plans I have for 2017

  • Continue my current pace of musical output. Perhaps even exceed expectations. There are plans for new piano collections, more duet and duo arrangements, as well as more Flex Instrumental solos.
  • Continue to deliver amazing content for the Piano Club members.
  • Release a new simple series, with piano collections that include arrangements that are easy.
  • Releasing music by other composers, not just that James Koerts guy. 🙂
  • A renewed emphasis on blogging.

Let me just park there for a moment. Blogging is, frankly, a chore for me. I find it easier to “do” ministry than to blog about it. But the longer I’m in church music ministry, the stronger my passions in the field have become. There are some things I simply want to say. There are other things that I just can’t figure out, and I’d like your input. I view it as a worthy exercise, and so it’s something I’m willing to commit to do in 2017. I don’t know if it will be once a week or more or less frequent than that. But I do plan on sharing my thoughts more often, and my whole goal is encouragement and engagement.


Irish Christmas Medley

Level: Advanced Pages: 8 Delivery: Instant Digital Download (PDF) via email

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Christmas Bundle

Get these four piano collections in this bundle: Sacred Christmas, Vol. 1 Sacred Christmas, Vol. 2 Rejoice Piano Collection Repeat the Sound Joy (Piano Duets)

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Complete Spirituals Bundle

Get these three piano collections with this bundle: African American Spirituals: Book 1 African American Spirituals: Book 2 African American Spirituals: Book 3 (Christmas)

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Christmas Bundle

Four piano collections in one bundle: Sacred Christmas, Vol. 1 Sacred Christmas, Vol. 2 Rejoice Piano Collection Spirituals, Book 3: Christmas

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Rejoice Piano Collection

Level: Early Advanced Pages: 46 Delivery: Instant Digital Download (PDF) via email Preview Pages

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The Birthday of a King

Level: Early Advanced Pages: 5 Delivery: Instant Digital Download (PDF) via email

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Carol of the Bells

Level: Early Advanced Pages: 6 Delivery: Instant Digital Download (PDF) via email

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Good Christian Men, Rejoice

Level: Early Advanced Pages: 5 Delivery: Instant Digital Download (PDF) via email

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He Is Born, the Divine Christ Child

Level: Early Advanced Pages: 5 Delivery: Instant Digital Download (PDF) via email

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The Holly and the Ivy

Level: Early Advanced Pages: 3 Delivery: Instant Digital Download (PDF) via email

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Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

Level: Early Advanced Pages: 4 Delivery: Instant Digital Download (PDF) via email

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Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

Level: Early Advanced Pages: 3 Delivery: Instant Digital Download (PDF) via email

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Level: Early Advanced Pages: 5 Delivery: Instant Digital Download (PDF) via email

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May Jesus Christ Be Praised

Level: Early Advanced Pages: 5 Delivery: Instant Digital Download (PDF) via email

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New Choir Music

October 28, 2016 - By 

I realized I haven’t shared some of my recent choral music, so this post will serve to make you aware of some new and fairly new choir anthems released within the last few years. Click on the pictures to access more info such as demos, preview pages, and purchase information

 

Not Ashamed

Publisher description: James Koerts’s rhythmic arrangement of Patricia Mock’s uplifting Gospel song expresses gratitude for Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary and underscores the message: “I’m not ashamed to sing out His story!” Add the optional rhythm to amplify your worship experience.

Forever and Until

Publisher description: This anthem of dedication beautifully expresses the believer’s desire to respond to God’s call until Christ returns. “We are here and we are Yours, lead us in Your way. May we be Your messengers tomorrow and today.”

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How Great Thou Art

October 28, 2016 - By 

Here’s a new piano arrangement of How Great Thou Art.

Learn more about the piano arrangement here.

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Repeat the Sounding Joy – Piano Duets

October 28, 2016 - By 

I’m really excited to introduce this piano collection of piano duets: Repeat the Sounding Joy.

Learn more about this digital piano collection here.

Preview pages here.

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