What is it?

This course provides essential theological and practical training for anyone involved in church music ministry.

It consists of 6 units:
1. Introduction to Biblical music ministry
2. Engaging the mind and heart
3. True worshippers
4. You are a song leader!
5. Leading from your instrument: vocals, piano, guitar, bass, drums, melody instruments
6. What songs should we sing?

Please click here if you’d like to view a sample unit from the course.

Who is it for?

Word In Song Online is designed to prepare everyone for music ministry, from the lead pastor, to the song leader, to the tech team. It teaches concepts and principles that can be applied to music teams of any size, skill or context, and is useful for both seasoned and beginner church musicians.

How does it work?

The course material is presented in a combination of written text, interview & tutorial videos and printable worksheets, making it easy to work through with your church’s music team or on your own. Each unit takes approximately 1 hour to complete.

Sign up as an individual or as a group.(Churches/organisations/teams can purchase for a group and allocate access to individual users).

Group discounts

  • 5+ (15% off) use code: 5GROUP15
  • 10+ (25% off) use code: 10GROUP25

What's in a session?

Word In Song Online comes from Emu Music, a global music ministry focused on teaching church leaders and musicians about what a Biblical approach to singing looks like, in theology and practice. Find out more about us, including information on our Word In Song conferences, at emumusic.com.

The course was written by Alanna Glover & Philip Percival.

Alanna is the creative director at Emu Music and has driven the development of this online course. She has worked as a church music director in Sydney, Australia and in Oxford, UK and was a member of the band Garage Hymnal before joining the Emu team. She has a Bachelor of Theology from Sydney Missionary Bible College, a Music Degree from Sydney University and is currently completing a Masters of Theology at Birmingham University. As well as working on the course, she’s very involved in song leading, production, songwriting, graphic design and teaching/lecturing at our many conferences and training events. She lives in Sydney with her husband Rohan and their three young children.

Philip oversees Emu’s global ministry. He is married to Kate and is author of Then Sings My Soul, a book on Biblical music ministry. He is the music director at St Thomas, North Sydney after having served in the same role at St Ebbe’s Church, Oxford, UK for 16 years. Philip loves helping musicians apply the Bible to ministry in the local church, and teaches theology and practical skills at conferences and seminars around the world. Philip studied music at Sydney University, theology at Moore Theological College, Sydney, a Masters degree from Oxford University and a PhD from Birmingham University.

The course features contributions from experienced church musicians and pastors from Australia, the UK and the USA, including Bob Kauflin, Mark Dever, Mike Cosper, Vaughan Roberts, Kevin Twit, Rob Smith, Nathan Tasker, Nicky Chiswell & Greg Cooper.