5 Benefits of Having Singer Practice
It took me a long time to realize the importance of having a practice specifically for the singers on my worship team.
Band practices, I could understand, but was a singer practice really necessary?
As I started talking with and listening to my singers, I discovered that they had a lot of questions about what, when, and how much to sing. I realized that I had some of my own opinions about those questions. We started setting a focused time of practice outside of our larger band practice and within the first few practices, I began to see that there were definitely ways that my singers could improve. Setting a time to build them up as singers began to make a lot more sense to me. Once we started having singer practices, I immediately saw fruit come from it.Confident singers are people who know that you are still going to love them even when they mess up. Finding this confidence is an amazingly rare thing and it doesn’t happen on its own; you have to cultivate it. Click To Tweet
Benefits of singer practice
Having a dedicated singer practice benefitted my team in a number of ways, some that I wasn’t anticipating. These are some of the benefits I have found of having a singer practice:
1) Technical skill development. This kind of goes without saying, but as we practice together and do things to better ourselves personally and as a team, our technical skill level will increase. Practicing practical things like breathing correctly, articulation, blending, and utilizing different styles of music develops your singers’ skills and gives them more tools to work with during worship sets.
2) An increase in self-confidence. Confident singers are people who know that you are still going to love them even when they mess up. Finding this confidence is an amazingly rare thing and it doesn’t happen on its own; you have to cultivate it. Many times, there is fear in the hearts of singers – fear of messing up, fear that they’re going to be judged, fear of failure, and the list goes on. Gathering together with your singers and creating a safe environment to grow and learn together is huge for building self-confidence.
3) An increase in spiritual sensitivity. This goes right along with self-confidence. As you grow together with your singers and their confidence builds, the possibility of hearing the Holy Spirit increases, as much of the internal traffic decreases. Spiritual sensitivity is heightened when fear and insecurity are reduced. Instead of focusing on themselves, singers have the freedom to listen to the Holy Spirit and discern what He wants to say to them and through them during worship.
4) Revealing the hidden treasure. There’s nothing that has allowed me to see my singers’ talents and the gold inside of their hearts more than hearing them at a singer practice. There is so much that your singers have to offer to your team, both on and off the stage. I began to see that there was an untapped well of wealth inside each of my singers that would only come out in the context of practicing together. Gathering as a unit to sing and share with one another unlocked the depth of our individual and corporate potential.
5) The forming of community. Just like with band practice, the time you spend with your singers will create a natural community. Singing onstage together is one thing, but singing offstage with other singers in a circle around a piano is a totally different story. The vulnerability of putting your voice out there in front of your peers produces a natural bond of camaraderie. I’ve heard some amazing singers on a platform say, “I sing every day! Why is it so hard for me to sing like this!?” Singer practice is a great place to let your guard down and be open with the other singers.
It’s important to schedule singer practices and have them on a consistent basis. Not only does it help your singers continue to develop technically, it fosters a healthy and safe community. Knowing that the group is dedicated to working together on a regular basis forms a trust and cohesiveness that is so beneficial for your team’s strength and unity.
Huge thanks to my friend Jordan Vanderplate for letting me use this photo of Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO. Check out more of his work here.