Welcome!

July 29, 2017By Lyle StutzmanGeneral

Welcome to the website of Blue Sky Music, the online home for choral compositions and arrangements by Lyle Stutzman. Blue Sky Music exists to glorify God by offering quality, sacred choral music that is accessible, enjoyable, and effective. Some of the best experiences in my life have been spent with choirs. I love choir, and … Read More

Helping Those Who Claim to be Tone Deaf

December 4, 2019By Lyle StutzmanTeaching

This is my response to the question, “If someone says he is tone-deaf or can’t carry a tune, is there any way to encourage him or teach him otherwise?” Anytime we respond to someone who says they are tone deaf or can’t carry a tune, we should use language very carefully. For starters, very few … Read More

Key Signature Cheat Sheet

October 18, 2019By Lyle StutzmanTeaching

Here are two cheat sheets for singers who are unfamiliar with finding a key and starting pitch. One sheet explains how to find keys and starting pitches, and the other sheet gives all the key signatures without explanation. Why use cheat sheets? In a perfect world, we wouldn’t. But I’ve directed enough amateur choirs to … Read More

Basics of Music Video Series

August 29, 2019By Lyle StutzmanTeaching, Videos

Shenandoah Christian Music Camp is offering a free video series for people who have little or no experience reading music. The video series has six parts: 1. Introduction2. Pitch Basics, Part One3. Pitch Basics, Part Two4. Rhythm Basics, Part One5. Rhythm Basics, Part Two6. Putting It All Together Do you know people who are interested … Read More

New Music for “All the Way My Savior Leads Me”

August 5, 2019By Lyle StutzmanSongs

I grew up singing hymns and gospel songs, and some of them are so familiar they have become virtually meaningless for me. It feels like I could sing them in my sleep. Backwards. In four-part harmony. For me, this especially applies to the nursing home gospel songs. If you’ve sung at a nursing home very … Read More

A Free Piece by Daniel Gawthrop

July 17, 2019By Lyle StutzmanAnnouncements

Daniel Gawthrop, composer of the wildly popular song, “Sing Me to Heaven,” is offering a free song on his website in hopes that you will sign up for his email list. Since he’s a self-published composer, and since I like free music, I’m telling you about it so you can go to his website and … Read More

Was it the Garlic?

June 18, 2019By Lyle StutzmanGeneral

I find it amusing when people talk fervently about whether some food or drink is good or bad for the voice. If they ask me, I usually tell them it’s probably not too big a deal. When I eat it or drink it, it goes down to my stomach and not past my vocal folds. … Read More