How To Transition Your Team To Memorize Sunday’s Music

David Santistevan encourages praise bands to play from memory.

When you hear the word “memorize”, you probably have one of two reactions.

  • I can’t do that.
  • Not a chance.
  • There’s something about memorizing that is scary to us, but I don’t think it has to be.

We all know there is something good about it, right?

It helps us be more present in the moment.
It serves congregational worship by having a more prepared team.
It helps your rehearsals go smoother (if people practice).
It helps move the music from a math equation to art.
It’s a powerful tool for maturing your musicians.
As worship musicians, it helps us engage in worship more.
It also means we don’t have to kill as many trees or purchase a handful of expensive iPads.
Win win, right?

I am on a quest to obliterate the music stand from our worship teams. We’re fully there at one campus, and almost there at our second. For many worship leaders that I talk to, this is a scary transition.

You can’t just announce this and expect it right away. The musical accuracy would most definitely suffer. You might have a revolt.

That’s why you need a transition plan.

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