Music in the Church

A Personal Journey Including Tools for Worship and Music

by Shirley R. Smith



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/20/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 114
ISBN : 9781480899414

About the Book

Chronicling the professional and spiritual walk of a church musician, Music in the Church not only follows author Shirley R. Smith’s personal journey, but it also offers relational and musical tools for the position of church musician.

This memoir recounts her life as a child through high school, covers her years of education relating to her vocation, and describes the music ministry positions she’s held. In addition, she offers her thoughts on approaches to programming in the church, aspects of effective worship planning, and present-day life through the eyes of a pandemic-induced lockdown and vocational plans for reentry.

A memoir, Music in the Church expresses Smith’s sincere hope that God’s faithfulness reflected a positive spirit on the lives of others, bringing them joy and confidence in the promise of God’s salvation and love. She hopes others draw closer to God and discover new and refreshing ideas on the presentation of music in the church and the importance of healthy relationships within those walls.

About the Author

Shirley R. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree of music in organ performance from Oberlin Conservatory, a master’s degree of music in organ performance from George Washington University, and a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Norwich University. She has been a director of music in churches for more than fifty years. Smith has served in numerous denominations and worked with vocal choirs of all ages as well as instrumental ensembles and orchestras.