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.

The Complete Church Organist books are comprehensive tutors, reflecting the Church Music Skills approach.

Cantor units

  • Hymns and songs
  • Psalmody
  • Chants and prayer responses
  • Traditional music for evensong and Eucharist
  • Composing and arranging for cantor and congregation

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


Course Date Location
Strengthen for Service 6-8 February 2018 Shepherds Dene
Strengthen for Service 8-10 May 2018 Holland House
Strengthen for Service 2-4 October 2018 Bishop Woodford House
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 last International Summer School was held in Liverpool on 8-14 August 2016, and you can find full details here.

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.

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