The Church Pianist: Classical Music Benefits Church Pianists?


Classical Music….a help or hindrance to the  church pianist?

A good question!

The answer is “Yes”…..classical music greatly benefits the church pianist!


Advantages of being exposed to classical music:

*Conditions the ear for well-structured melodies and rhythm.

*Strengthens the fingers

*Demands a need for structured fingering which carries over into proper fingering for hymn arrangements.

*Introduces the pianist to scales and other rhythmic patterns in music that can be incorporated into the
  hymns as well.

*Last but not least….classical music demands disciplinein the areas of technique and interpretation for the
  best results.

Although classical music is vital to all pianists, the church pianist needs a balance of both: classical and hymn training.

I’m thankful for the teachers God provided for me in my early years of training.

I learned alot of improvising by just listening to the different teachers over the years. They also taught me ‘one on one’ how
to add runs and fill-ins. Most importantly, they taught me the theory to back up their training.

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3 Responses to “The Church Pianist: Classical Music Benefits Church Pianists?”

  1. Ayesha says:

    Which classical pieces or collections do you recommend? I am currently ,a little pass, halfway through John Thompson’s Modern Course for Piano fourth grade.

  2. Jenifer Cook says:

    Here’s what I would use:

    Piano Literature (Volume 3)

    This book covers all the classical music periods (styles)in one book.

    There’s also a Volume Four in this series.

    Stephen Heller is another excellent classical composer.
    His music is lively and gives the fingers a workout!

    The secret is exposing yourself to a wide variety of classical music to glean ideas.

    Hope this has been helpful!

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