Choir trainers


RSCM Voice for LifeVoice for Life is a training scheme to support and promote singing in churches, schools and other groups.

It includes a range of training materials, repertoire, courses and training choirs that will enable you to encourage and develop a singing culture in your church, school or the wider community.

The Voice for Life Choir Trainer’s Books have recently been revised, and offer a wealth of practical advice to choir trainers, whether using the scheme or not.

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.

Choir trainer units

  • Hymns and worship songs
  • Conducting chant
  • Anthems and settings
  • Working with young singers
  • Arranging and composing for choir

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.


The International Summer School will be held in Liverpool on 8-14 August 2016, and will welcome musicians, singers, clergy and worship leaders from around the world. 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. Singers may like to consider joining one of the RSCM choirs in the UK, which sing regularly in major venues. Courses are available in other parts of the world too – for more details go to the RSCM International websites.


Bursaries are available for participants on some courses.

Repertoire and publications

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

Advice and information