The Invocation

O Revelator Sustaining every soul who longs to know the Father’s will O Revelator Sustaining every soul who longs to know the Father’s will Veni Sancte Spiritus Veni Sancte Spiritus Come reveal what’s in Your heart Show us who we really are Come reveal what’s in Your heart Show us who we really are More…

Jupiter from Holst’s “The Planets”

This suite movement is one of my favorite orchestral pieces. It is both out of this world sounding (hence the name “Jupiter”), but also takes on a wild-west mood that sounds almost like the soundtrack to a covered wagon excursion in the 1800’s (to my ears and imagination!). It has such familiar themes and includes the…

Andrew Bird: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Andrew Bird takes violin playing to another level. With his classical background, he plays with such creativity and brilliance. His whistling, singing, strumming, and playing are all so unique and enjoyable. For me, I have learned how big and deliciously creative the world of violin can be with artists like Andrew Bird. Enjoy!

Desiring the Kingdom

“And the rigors and pleasures of musical creation attest to our vocation as subcreators. In short, music and song seem to stand as packed microcosms of what it means to be human. How appropriate, then, for song to be such a primary means for reordering our desires in the context of Christian worship.” James K.A….

Leia Zhu: Young Violinist with an Amazing Imagination

I came across this violinist (as I’m sure, MANY people have) yesterday and have been amazed by the talent of such a young girl. The violinist’s name is Leia Zhu and she’s 10 years old. She’s playing the Paganini Violin Concerto and giving the context, practice advice, and interpretation in these two separate videos. I’m…

Downloadable Practice Charts

Struggling to get your student to practice? Here are some helpful printable practice charts (and a few theory worksheets) for your family to use for lessons! Developing the discipline to practice (even when you don’t want to!) is an important skill to acquire as a musician. Also, you can check out their blog here, which…

“Without Luther, There Would be No Bach”: TGC Article

The reformers had a tremendous impact not only on the church’s theological views, but on many other facets of ordinary life throughout the centuries. Luther’s 95 Theses gave way to the value of what was known as “secular” vocations, that were at the time deemed as “lesser than” by culture.  This Gospel Coalition article (below) really is wonderful…

Songs for Family Discipleship

Songs from the New City Catechism a. Information about the New City Catechism Songs   Getty Children’s Hymnal   Rain For Roots 1. The Kingdom of Heaven is Like This 2. Big Stories for Little Ones 3. Waiting Songs (Advent)

Catechisms for Family Discipleship

I will hopefully be writing more on catechisms in the next year and their place in family discipleship, but in the meantime, here are some resources in various Reformed and Lutheran denominational traditions for your families: Luther’s Small Catechism (Lutheran Church) Heidelberg Catechism (Christian Reformed Church) Westminster Shorter Catechism (Presbyterian Church) New City Catechism (Combination of various Reformed Catechisms) (Now…