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#1231465 - 07/14/09 01:28 PM Re: How To Get A Job as Keyboard Player in Churches [Re: Varcon]
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As you can tell from this thread - the differences in types of church positions varies as much as types of piano repertoire. I have been a paid church musician for most of my career playing everything from liturgical services on the organ to praise services on a keyboard with a band and singers.

So, just start networking, asking questions - all of which you are doing on this thread - and most of all keep practicing as many styles of music from classical and hymns to lead sheet reading and gospel. And work on your sightreading!

Church work has been a lucrative career for me - I hope you can create the same for yourself.

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#1231763 - 07/15/09 12:54 AM Re: How To Get A Job as Keyboard Player in Churches [Re: Dr. J]
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This thread has provided an encyclopedia of knowledge about working in churches for pianists/keyboard players. Everyone has been so helpful, and not just my request, I'm sure other keyboard players interested in church gigs got some info.

Many churches in Los Angeles have budgets to support music programs and some pay very good salaries. I have been picking up contemporary praise/gospel keyboard styles on youtube, like "See and Hear" and they show you bottom up about learning the styles and playing them at a pro level. When I feel ready to audition for some churches, I'll give it a shot and see if it works out. There is so much great church music out there, old and new.


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