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.



Survival Kit! Organ Scholar’s Course 2018 (Bristol)

A three day course specifically designed with new Cathedral Organ Scholars in mind. From accompanying to improvising and safeguarding to taking rehearsals, this course covers everything an Organ Scholar needs to help them through their first weeks in post.

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1. Pipeline Organ Scholarships

The Royal School of Church Music is offering ten scholarships for teenage musicians, to nurture young talent and create church organists of the future. Where restricted finances and lack of access to teaching or an instrument may currently be a restraint, we aim to support these scholars in the musical worship of their own church.

Applications are open to students aged 11 to 16. They will also need to:
• have achieved Grade 5 or above (piano)
• commit to attending 30 church services a year
• commit to 2 hours organ practice a week
• attend at least one half day seminar per year
• intend to serve musically and as a church organist in the future

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2. Bath Young People’s Course

Each year, we offer two Organ Scholarships (paying a reduced fee) for the Bath Course for Young People, allowing young players to study with the Course Organist and gain experience accompanying singers.

3. External scholarships

Still looking for an organ scholarship? Perhaps you are a gap year student hoping to work at a cathedral? Please visit our external scholarships page to find out more about a number of UK and overseas institutions offering organ scholarships.

Repertoire and publications

The Complete Church Organist – a series of organ tutors from RSCM Press

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

Browse RSCM Music Direct’s stock of organ music.

Resources and downloads

The organ and its care

Advice and information