Alfred Publications

Music for the Church Year

This publication contains 16 seasonal hymn arrangements for use throughout the church year. Skillfully arranged at the late intermediate to early advanced level, these arrangements provide church pianists with music for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Lent, Good Friday, Easter, Pentecost, All Saint’s Day, Communion, Trinity Sunday, and general services. Additionally approximate performance times are included with each arrangement. This collection is dedicated to church pianists who want to play music that is accessible, creative and appropriate for the worship calendar.

Titles: “Beneath the Cross of Jesus” – “Breath on Me, Breath of God” – “Children of the Heavenly Father” – “Children’s Medley” – “Christ Is Risen” – “Coventry Carol” – “Gesu Bambino” – “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” – “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” – “It Is Well with My Soul” – “Let Us Break Bread Together” – “Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming” – “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee” – “Silent Night” – “Steal Away to Jesus” – Were You There? / Kum Ba Yah”


By Brian Chung and Brenda Dillon                                                                  

There are moments in history when the time is right for something important to happen.  As many adults were facing retirement and having the possibility of leisure time, they remembered how they had always yearned to play a musical instrument, or regretted quitting lessons as a child. 

Piano teachers began offering group classes that were student-centered, stress-free, and focused on music that adults wanted to play.  These classes also offered individuals an opportunity to learn together in a supportive and positive way.  Classes began to bond with each other as they progressed.

Publishers and manufacturers began producing materials and instruments that contributed to the success of this endeavor. Workshop clinicians began teaching teachers how to embrace this kind of teaching and how to successfully recruit students.

RMM is a revolution for the notion that music making is for everyone, not just those with talent. It’s our chance to make a difference in a complicated, needy society. This IS the time for something important to happen! 

TopicsThe Philosophy of Recreational Music Making, Traditional Versus Recreational Teaching, Getting Started, Next Steps, Principles of Group Teaching, RMM Teaching on Two Pianos, RMM Teaching with a Piano Lab, Lesson Planning and Partnering with Retailers.