How to Teach Your Band a New Song

Introducing new songs in your worship set are the perfect way to keep your Sunday morning worship fresh and exciting. But sometimes teaching your band a new song can be a stressful and less-than-successful task. So how do you teach your band a new song in an efficient and effective way?

While each church and leadership style might have different needs when it comes to this, there are a few things that an really make the whole process much simpler. So here are three steps that will make it easier to teach your worship team a new song.

1. Communicate About the Song Early

Make the decision to do the new worship song a few weeks before you actually plan to perform it on a Sunday morning. Then communicate with the team your plans. Give them the audio file and encourage them to listen to it over the coming week. Tell them to specifically listen for the parts they’ll be playing.

Then get them the music/lead sheets a week before rehearsal. Give them plenty of time to learn the new song before they’re required to practice.

2. Set Expectations for Rehearsal

Be sure to let them know what you expect from them at the rehearsal. Encourage them to already be familiar with the music and have their specific part learned. Be explicit about these expectations.

While you might assume they’ll be ready at rehearsal, they might not think to do that. Unless you set their expectations, how can your band be sure what you want from them?

3. Fine Tune the New Song at Rehearsal

Finally, fine tune the song at rehearsal. When each band member knows their part and plays it well, it’s much easier to fine tune. Make adjustments to parts as you hear them.

If nobody knows what they’re playing and the whole thing sounds like a train wreck, you can never hope to make fine adjustments.

Following these three steps will make the whole process of teaching your band a new song much easier. You’ll be amazed at how much stress you can avoid with proper planning and communication.

What are some tips you’ve learned that help you introduce new worship songs to your worship team? Share them in a comment below.

3 responses to How to Teach Your Band a New Song

  1. You have applied the missing piece to our puzzle! We have a weekly practice that goes over well and we do accomplish stuff,but it has seemed more so thrown together than perfected. It makes more than logical sence to have this type of lay out to get a more structured sound! Thank you so much!

  2. Yvon Innocent May 3, 2016 at 11:06 am

    I’m a choir director, i’ve been using the same approach for years, and it really works.
    God bless,

  3. I don’t think having a single rehearsal a week, is enough time to learn a new song.
    12 songs in an hour and a half is 20 minutes to set up, and only a few minutes per song. A Mid-week rehearsal just for new material is best. Maybe just an hour, but, only working on two, or three NEW songs.
    Leave the rehearsal on Sunday for going over songs that have already been done (still include the quick ten minutes, for the new songs!).

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