Church Music Skills

Church Music Skills is a pioneering education programme designed to help practising church musicians to develop the skills and understanding that they need for their role, and to equip those who want to be able to lead music in worship.

The programme is based on distance learning, combining private study at home with practical experience in the student’s own church. It is designed for use by students studying alone or with a teacher, and may be complemented by optional attendance at RSCM workshops, masterclasses and short residential courses.

Music group leader units

  • Hymns and songs
  • Chants and short songs
  • Working with young musicians
  • Arranging and composing for music group

There are also 16 Supporting Studies (Worship and Ministry, and Church Music in Practice) units, and practical modules for organists, cantors and choir trainers.


Course Date Location
Training Day for Music Group Players, Singers and Leaders 23 April 2016 St Albans

Repertoire and publications

Stuck for ideas for hymns and songs? Sunday by Sunday magazine has lists of suitable music for every Sunday and major festival of the Church Year.

Advice and information

Video: Linking songs – why and how

Sam and Sara Hargreaves wrote for us in Issue 75 of Sunday by Sunday about why and how to link songs together in a flow of worship. They have provided this helpful accompanying video which demonstrates the principles explained in their article.

Psalm 150 – A Psalm for Music Sunday

Issue 52 of Sunday by Sunday featured a new setting of Psalm 150 by David Ogden, suitable for use on Music Sunday. Instrumental parts and a full score are available to download below. Visit our Music Sunday page to find further resources for planning a Music Sunday service or event.