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

Shout for Joy – Full Score Video

May 13, 2019By Lyle StutzmanSongs, Videos

Over the next several months, I plan to release a number of full score videos that will allow you to sing along while you listen to the songs. I will be posting them here periodically, but you will also be able to find them on the listening page and on my YouTube channel. I hope … Read More

A Sample Choral Program–My Last Term at EBI

April 29, 2019By Lyle StutzmanChoral, Songs

As a choral conductor, I find it helpful to see programs that other conductors have assembled. It gives me ideas for how to structure a program and helps me find new choral sheet music. So here’s the latest program that I put together for the Elnora Bible Institute Choir. Since this is my last time … Read More

Free Rhythm Worksheets

January 30, 2019By Lyle StutzmanTeaching 6 Comments

If you’re a music teacher, you’ve probably used rhythm worksheets or flashcards (paid links) or something similar to teach and practice rhythms. Sometimes you may only want a few pages of rhythms instead of a whole book of rhythms. If that’s the case for you, you may find these short rhythm worksheets to be helpful. … Read More