Music reaches its highest level and achieves its greatest use among Christians. Why? Because our music reflects that which is most lofty, most elevated, most exalted, most noble: the unchanging truth of God. Our music reflects and revels in biblical truth…. As our understanding of God’s Word, written and incarnate, has deepened, our desire and capacity for worship has increased. (John MacArthur)
Here is a new piano book published by The Wilds that you don’t want to miss!
I Lift My Praise is a great resource for church musicians! Faye Lopez, a good friend of mine, and prolific arranger and composer, led our team of collaborators, Reba Snyder and myself, in the production of this collection. Mrs. Lopez also beautifully recorded the collection in an available companion album (see below).
Titles Include: O Worship the King * Nearer, Still Nearer * Here Is Love * Take My Life, and Let It Be * I Run to Christ * A Passion for Thee * Complete in Thee * Nothing But the Blood * My Faith Still Clings * My Jesus, Fair * Make Me a Stranger * Brethren, We Have Met to Worship.
You will particularly enjoy this collection of Late Intermediate piano solos because it also comes with a media disk that includes PowerPoint presentations for each song. This really is a great resource, and I’m thrilled to be part of it.
I’m very excited to announce the release of my newest Easter music endeavor: Risen, 12 Easter piano arrangements.
What makes this collection different than last year’s Easter piano collection? The primary difference is the difficulty level. The Easter Collection is Late Intermediate/Early Advanced. This collection is set completely at an Intermediate Level, which will be helpful for many. Some of the songs are duplicates, but arranged in an easier style.
Advanced pianists probably won’t find anything here (unless you’re looking for arranging ideas). Intermediate pianists and students will definitely enjoy this collection. Some might find these arrangements perfect for those circumstances when you might have little time to prepare, but you want some (hopefully) great sounding music. (It was hard writing that sentence without coming off arrogant. I hope you understand what I mean.) Teachers may find these arrangements to be great supplemental material for their studios.
For awhile now, we have offered various bundles as an opportunity for musicians to purchase sacred sheet music at a discounted rate. Well I’m pleased to announce that we have updated the “Complete Collections Bundle.” You’re going to like the changes! Read more…
Over the first week of January I had the privilege of attending the Wilds Music Conference at the Wilds Christian Conference Center in Brevard, NC. I was given the opportunity to speak at a few of the workshops, which was a lot of fun. I met a lot of great people who lead in their various music ministries across the country. It was great to connect, meet new friends, and renew old acquaintances.
The topics I spoke on were about church administration. My first session was a “nuts and bolts” session, which basically went through everything we do as ministers of music. My second session was more of a philosophical discussion that tackled two main areas: turning from a performance mind-set to a worship mind-set, and the idea that we all lead out of our calling. My third and final session was a potpourri of tidbits I’ve learned and done through the years.
Whenever I’ve attended these sessions, I’ve always felt like I could walk away with one or two nuggets that I could take back to my ministry and incorporate. And that was my goal for the participants in my sessions. From the feedback I heard, people seemed to appreciate the content.
While I was there, I was able to “hob nob” with some ministry friends. I’d like to make you aware of their ministries, though I suspect most of you are already familiar with them. Read more…
Publisher’s Description: Like a Celtic folk dance, this contemporary composition lilts from the page and into the heart. Immediately engaging, this melody connects with the words, beautifully presenting a praise-worthy testament of worship. Accessible vocal writing sounds great with smaller ensembles, while bigger groups will enjoy performing this festive number with the optional Celtic consort orchestration. Score and Parts (ac gtr, mndln, b, dm, pnywhst/fl, fdl/vn) available as a digital download.
Purchase your copies here (offsite).
See the demo:
If you can’t view the video above, paste this url in your browser: https://youtu.be/b3AngYe7cNE
Introducing my newest self-published Christmas piano arrangement book, Sacred Christmas, Vol. 2.
I’m really thrilled with how this project turned out. As the sequel to my first self-published Christmas collection (Sacred Christmas, Vol. 1), this collection really finishes out the Christmas repertoire with ten selections that are perfect for your holiday services.
Enjoy learning each of these late-intermediate to early-advanced pieces:
- Away in a Manger
- God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
- Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
- I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
- It Came upon the Midnight Clear
- Joy to the World
- O Come, All Ye Faithful
- O Holy Night
- O Little Town of Bethlehem
- Once in Royal David’s City
In his article, “Is All Worship Equally Acceptable to God” (here), author Tim Barnett reminds us that if nothing else, the stories of Cain & Able (Genesis 4:1-5) and Nadab & Abihu (Leviticus 10:1-3) teach us that there is a right way and a wrong way to approach God in worship.
A further study of the Tabernacle worship, and then later the Temple worship, replete with significant detail regarding the the worship of God’s people, indicate that God sets a high priority on the way in which we approach Him. God makes a way, and we are to follow it.
Throughout the history of humanity God has relentlessly pursued Read more…
It’s been sort of quiet around here. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy, however. Besides my family responsibilities (you do know my wife and I have four children age nine and under!), and my full time job (music minister at the church), I’ve been keeping the side projects rolling. I can’t divulge all the details, but I can give you a glimpse of what’s coming up… Read more…
I really enjoyed teaming up with Duane Nichols for this wonderful song, Captured by His Grace. Here’s the publisher’s description:
This warm, contemporary ballad contrasts the life of a believer before and after experiencing the saving grace of Christ. Sensitive lyrics, a memorable melody, and inclusion of the well-known chorus of “Grace Greater Than Our Sin” will make this selection an instant favorite with choirs and congregations alike.
Listen to the demo here.
Preview pages here.
Purchase the music here.
Offering a wider variety of instrumental music is my most recent attempt to broaden the offerings of koertsmusic.com. I think you’ll be pleased with this new imprint:
Here’s the concept: have instrumental solo music that is tailored for specific instruments. Basically, I write an arrangement for a solo instrument with piano accompaniment, and then I go back and customize the arrangement for each instrument in these three instrument sections: strings, woodwinds, and brass.
So you will have the same arrangement be available for violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, trumpet and trombone. Learn more about this imprint here.
We’ll be adding new titles in the coming months, so be sure to check back.
Here’s an arrangement of “The First Noel” with a Celtic flair! Let the choir enjoy singing this rousing Christmas anthem with new and familiar melodies. In addition to a spirited piano accompaniment, the optional violin and hand drum parts are included.
Listen to an audio sample here.
Preview pages here.
Purchase your copies here.
When it comes to the volunteer church choir, I’ve come to the conclusion that a “great choir” is a choir that worships God passionately with excellence. It’s a choir that understands its role as a collective worship leader, leading the way to the very throne room of God. And I’m always interested in what will make the choir (or any music ministry team) be a place or ministry that people want to be a part of; where they are humbled and honored to be involved. The truth is, I want that for myself.
I’ve read this great article about how to build a great choir by Mike Harland here. You should give it a read!
He talks about a few important ingredients, and I’ve added some of my own thoughts below: Read more…
I was recently interviewed about church music ministry by my friend, Mark Martin, who is also involved in church music ministry. For both of us, it was our first attempt doing this sort of thing with Skype, but we had fun talking about things that music directors like to discuss.
Here are the topics we discussed:
- My approach to a music ministry kickoff.
- What got me started arranging piano music.
- What are some keys to having a growing committed orchestra ministry.
- Ideas for writing for an orchestra.
- A notation software feature that will help you if you don’t know an instrument’s range.
- Whether you need to be a theory geek to be able to write music.
- How long it takes me to write a piano arrangement.
- My answer to the question, “What action can we take to lead church music with skill and authenticity?”
Also, you should know, Mark has recently begun selling sheet music on his website, and he also has a free piano arrangement that you’ll want to get! His arrangement of “My Jesus, I Love Thee” is worth checking out, too.
Two new large piano collection bundles are available at the Koerts Music store:
The Sacred Collections Bundle
This bundle includes six piano collections: The Hymns Project (Books 1 & 2), Rock of Ages, Blessed Assurance, Joyful Adoration, and Be Still. In all, you get 61 complete piano arrangements, ranging in difficulty from early intermediate to early advanced.
If you purchased each individual collection, you would spend $90. At $75, you save over 15% with this bundle.
Important note: All music included in this bundle is served as digital downloads (PDF).
The Complete Collections Bundle
This bundle includes nine sacred piano collections, the Complete Wedding Collection, and two bundles (patriotic and communion) with multiple arrangements. In all, you get 126 piano arrangements at various difficulty levels.
If you purchased each individual item in this bundle, you would spend nearly $200. At $160, you save nearly 20% on most sheet music offered at the Koerts Music sheet music store!
Important note: All music included in this bundle is served as digital downloads (PDF).
Inspired by a music conference I recently attended (in which several people asked about piano ensemble music), this new piano arrangement is for four pianists (8 hands) at two pianos. You can preview many of the pages here.
Interested in recording this? Leave a comment below with a link to your YouTube video! Let us hear how it sounds.
For a limited time (offer ends August 1st), you can get a free sacred piano collection when you purchase two collections. Simply choose three sacred piano collections and put them in your cart. The discount will be applied automatically (no discount code is needed). Applies to digital downloads only; bundles do not apply.
For a complete listing of sacred piano books, go here: http://eepurl.com/btGUVj
Visit the store today to enjoy your savings!
Here’s a mostly simple arrangement of the favorite gospel song, Trust and Obey. You know when I think of this song, I think of its simplicity. As Christians, we need to simply trust and obey God. However, it’s not always as easy as it sounds. That’s why we need the reminder.
I hope you enjoy this song. It won’t take long to learn it, and I hope it will be a blessing to your worship service.
As many of you know, at the end of last month I released the digital version of my new album (as well as the digital sheet music), “The Hymns Project,” and then I promptly went “off the grid.” Except for the website support (which I handle all of), and a few Facebook interactions, I laid low. The primary reason was because our family took a vacation for the first two weeks in June, and upon returning, I mainly spent the rest of June focusing on my church ministry responsibilities.
“The Hymns Project” has been well-received
Overall, I’ve been very happy with how The Hymns Project has been received. Of course, the sheet music side of things has been great. I feel these arrangements are some of my finest, and I’m happy that I’m getting a lot of positive feedback. Read more…
I’m very excited to share with you my newest work: The Hymns Project. Inspired by the hymns I sang and loved as a child in the small church that I grew up in, this project represents my second full length recording project. These reflective arrangements are presented with a gentle touch and a joyous spirit.
Here’s what is included in this project:
- The audio CD (At this time you can download the album online only. Later this summer we will have physical CDs produced and available for shipment.)
- Two piano collections (Books 1 & 2) for digital download (PDF)
- Various bundles (both books, and all items)
This project represents many hours of work, and it’s such a great feeling of accomplishment. It’s my goal to be an encouragement to you, and to help you be an encouragement to others. Thanks for reading, and thanks for your continued support of my ministry.The Hymns Project - Learn More
Here’s an album with some great new music which celebrates the risen Savior.
I’ve been privileged to write and arrange music for the music publishing arm of the Wilds Christian Camp in Brevard, NC. This album contains three of my arrangements, and three corresponding orchestrations. As a budding orchestrator (am I allowed to call myself that?), I relish in the opportunities to orchestrate arrangements. It really is a great experience.
I hope you’ll check out this album, and consider adding it to your music library.
I’m happy to be associated with Alfred Publishing. They have just released two new piano collections: Wondrous Praise, Books 3 & 4. This is part of a four book series.
Wondrous Praise Book 1
Favorites from the 1980s
This collection contains a mix of beloved songs from the ’80s that have become standards in many churches, as well as some treasured pieces that will bring back memories of contemporary Christian music from decades past. Titles: Change My Heart, Oh God * El Shaddai * Great Is the Lord * He Is Exalted * How Majestic Is Your Name * More Precious Than Silver * More Than Wonderful * Thank You * Was It a Morning Like This? * Wonderful, Merciful Savior. Read more…
Recently I was talking with a friend about music memorization. He’s seemed to have mastered the skill; I’ve never been good at memorizing vocal music. I can remember back to my college choir days, having to memorize multiple songs for one of the regular vesper programs we participated in, and thinking, “I must be the weakest link here. I hope I don’t sing and unintended solo someplace!” I’m not sure how I ever survived that.
Then there was the time when I was singing in a trio for a church service at my first ministry. We got up the nerve to sing the selection by memory. But that was before lyric slides (those wonderful “cheat sheets”), and let’s just say it was so bad, that all three of us laughed our way through the final stanza. Collectively, we couldn’t remember any of the lyrics. What a hoot!
So, yeah. I shy away from memorization. Read more…