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

MP3s Available For Purchase

May 19, 2020By Lyle StutzmanAnnouncements

I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, but I finally decided it’s time to go for it. I’m offering mp3s for sale on my website! I will continue to include as many recordings as possible for free listening on the listening page, but I know that sometimes it’s nicer to have songs in … Read More

All Your Works Shall Praise You – Full Score Video

May 11, 2020By Lyle StutzmanSongs, Videos

Here is a full score video of “All Your Works Shall Praise You” from Psalm 145, sung by the 2018 Shenandoah Christian Music Camp Chamber Choir. My favorite part is measures 32-34. My second favorite part is the last measure. What’s yours? Chamber choir members, do you remember singing this deep underground in the cave … Read More

Simple Ways to Teach Children Music at Home, part 2

April 7, 2020By Lyle StutzmanTeaching

Watching videos can be an excellent way to teach children music at home. Wouldn’t it be great if your children could watch a real music class and sing along with the students in the video? The answer is obviously “yes,” which is why the videos below are so great. Shenandoah Christian Music Camp is releasing … Read More

Simple Ways to Teach Children Music at Home, part 1

March 20, 2020By Lyle StutzmanTeaching

A lot of children are at home right now, but that doesn’t mean music education needs to suffer. On the contrary, children can learn a ton at home that will help them the rest of their lives. Children learn the language of music like they learn spoken language–by hearing it over and over. And over. … Read More

Introducing the Pilgrim Choral Series

February 3, 2020By Lyle StutzmanAnnouncements, Videos

Newly available from the Christian Learning Resource here, all of the pieces in the Pilgrim Choral Series can be purchased together in a three-ring binder which includes a CD of all the songs. Some of the songs are public domain and can be copied from this folder for free. The other songs can be purchased … 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