This list is a starting point, which will hopefully grow into a much more extensive list. Let's have your ideas.
- Talk to people, and not just the musicians.
- Don't make assumptions about which instruments can be included in the music program.
- Find out what else your current musicians can do: can they play a second or thrid instrument, break-dance, juggle, balance-the-books, give a great massage, grow organic vegetables, fly light aircraft?
- Run a poll to find out which songs are the community favourites.
- Postpone the packing up and go for coffee.
- Insist on rehearsal, resisting the time immediately before worship which impedes creativity or practice.
- Find out who else plays a musical instrument in your faith community, or who learnt when they were younger. It can be a revelation!
- Engage the whole community in larger musical undertakings like a sing-a-thon or a singing protest.
- Use the money raised at the aforementioned sing-a-thon to fund a musical internship for a someone in your faith community. Perhaps a term of lessons for someone?
- Encourage singing at meetings.
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