Piano for Church


We can’t offer piano lessons, but we can gather up resources to share! Are you or your child interested in playing piano for church? We’re gathering a) free resources, b) recommended resources, c) a few introductory videos on organ, and d) some information about copyright.

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We can’t offer piano lessons, but we can gather up resources to share! Are you or your child interested in playing piano for church? Maybe you just want to play Lutheran hymns at home. This is what we can tell you:

Here are free general resources:

Here are free churchly resources:

Here are purchases you can consider:

Another great place to look is Floeter Music, Publisher of Hymntune Based Music. A lot of the hymn arrangements correspond to the Lutheran Service Book, so you can play piano for church and have the congregations sing along. Floeter music also offers “Hands Helpers” and books for children  at early elementary, elementary, and late elementary stages.

And, if you’re really eager but need progressive, graded material, you can consider something like Sight-Reading & Harmony: Progressive Pieces for Keyboard, Grades 1-10, Selected from Four-Part Chorales by JS Bach or search for “easy Bach.”

Do you want a neat introduction to organ?

Here you go! 🙂 Organ Playing 101 (Videos below are 8-10 minutes each)

Copyright Issues

Lastly, let’s talk about copyright. You can certainly play music you have purchased at home, but if someone wants to perform a piece in public (and church counts as public), it’s best to check copyright. (Streaming adds an extra layer of complication, but it isn’t too bad). For piano at church, congregations typically handle copyright licenses rather than the player(s). If music is in the public domain, feel free to perform (live or streamed). If it’s owned by CPH, you can read their policies here. Floeter Music always gives permission to churches to use their music without an additional license, though it’s still probably best to ask. Just so you know, LCMS churches often already have a license with CPH. Other common licenses are CCLI or One License. Those two are umbrellas that cover a lot of publishers, even of children’s books.

Anything else we ought to suggest? Let us know!

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