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8th Grade Odor and Sucking Out Loud: 17 Ways to Build a Better Youth Band, 4

Read Part 1Read Part 2Read Part 315. Leave them wanting more. Don't expect a weekly band--especially at first. You don't want your band burning out or your youth group growing complacent.16. Foster Creativity. As your kids get to know the songs, they may have ideas for new arrangements. Let them run Read More...

8th Grade Odor and Sucking Out Loud: 17 Ways to Build a Better Youth Band, 3

Read Part 1Read Part 2 11. Make it fun. Recently, I became the subject of the youth band's joking--actually, my mother did. Somehow "your mom" jokes started flying and stuck to me. Soon a theme song emerged: "Jon's mom is greater, Jon's mom is stronger..." I'm not sure if Chris Tomlin intended that Read More...

8th Grade Odor and Sucking Out Loud: 17 Ways to Build a Better Youth Band, 2

Read Part 1 (#1-5)6. Create a standard form for each song. And don't deviate from that form (at least until #16 starts to happen). By a standard song form, I mean the order of the verse, chorus, bridge and other parts of the song. Use the original recording arrangement when possible. (And check out Read More...

8th Grade Odor and Sucking Out Loud: 17 Ways to Build a Better Youth Band, 1

I've been working the youth band at our church for last couple years. As a former youth pastor, it's fun to mix it up with the kids and NOT have to plan lessons or participate in lock-ins. Over the next few days, we'll look at some things I've been learning.Start with who and what you have now. If y Read More...

17 Ways to Build a Better Youth Band

ONE. Start with who and what you have now. If you’ve got an 8th grader who can play three chords on the guitar, great! Don’t wait till you’ve gathered enough for a full band. Just start. Don’t have drums? Spend 100 bucks on some basic percussion instruments and enlist a kid w Read More...

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