Worship leaders

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.



Course Date Location
Strengthen for Service 8-10 May 2018 Holland House
Strengthen for Service 2-4 October 2018 Bishop Woodford House
Strengthen for Service 12-14 February 2019 Sarum College
Strengthen for Service 21-23 May 2019 Wydale Hall
Lift up Your Voice / Lift up Your Voice Plus

Please note the correct dates of the Strengthen for Service course in May 2018 above which are incorrectly listed in the courses leaflet distributed with the September 2017 edition of CMQ – we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The next International Summer School will be held in Norfolk, 5-11 August 2019. If you would like to be informed when booking opens, please email iss@rscm.com to register interest.

RSCM volunteers organise hundreds of events and courses around the UK and overseas every year. See what’s happening in the UK here. Courses are available in other parts of the world too – for more details go to the RSCM International websites.

Strengthen for Service

Bursaries are available for participants on some courses.


Saturday Schools

Saturday Schools are the RSCM’s new initiative to take high quality training to small town and rural centres across the UK. Parallel sessions for choirs and choir trainers and instrumentalists and worship leaders run through the day, offering workshops led by skilled trainers, before coming together at the end of the day for an act of worship. Click here to find out more.

Repertoire and publications

Are you involved in planning music for worship?

The RSCM’s Sunday by Sunday magazine is a comprehensive resource with all that you need to choose the right music for your church, week by week.

Advice and information