Creative ideas and resources for church musicians + music educators

Practical tools to help you lead + teach with confidence

Looking for practical resources you can use in your ministry and teaching?

You're in the right place. Here, you’ll find practical, education-based content to help you do what you love well:

  • Free printables, templates, and workbooks
  • Creative and pedagogically-sound teaching resources
  • Free eBooks
  • Unique inspiration for worship planning and music programming
  • Online courses and workshops

Hello, and welcome!

I’m Ashley Danyew - church musician, music educator, writer, and creative entrepreneur.

From practical how-tos and resource recommendations to creative teaching ideas and planning tips, I'm here to help you do your best work: leading, teaching, and inspiring others with creativity and confidence.

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Welcome to the Resource Library

A collection of printables, templates, workbooks, eBooks, teaching resources, and online courses and workshops designed to help you do your best work

Adult Choir Rehearsal Plan Template

Plan your weekly (90-minute) choir rehearsal in no time with this helpful printable! Print, fill in your rehearsal items (warm-ups, music for Sunday, anthems, etc.) and you're good to go!

50 Awesome Choral Warm-Ups for Church Choirs

A collection of 50 fully-notated vocal warm-ups to use with your choir. Includes warm-ups suitable for all ages!

10 Theme Ideas for Your Next Choir Program

This workbook includes 10 creative theme ideas for your next choir program, plus space for you to jot down some of your own ideas.

Music Education & Leadership Skills for the Adult Choir Director

Learn to lead and direct with confidence with this 2-hour online training course designed for adult choir directors in church settings.

The Planning Kit for Adult Choir Directors

A 23-page collection of printables, templates, and worksheets to help you get organized, plan, and direct with confidence.

My Country 'Tis of Thee

Save time and mental energy with this printable. Includes "My Country 'Tis of Thee" in six different keys - perfect for choral voicing!

The Choir Year in Review

Take some time to evaluate what worked and what didn't work in your choir this year. This workbook includes 16 questions to get you started.

Children's Choir Rehearsal Plan Template

This template is designed to help you plan a fun, engaging, and productive 30-minute children's choir rehearsal. Print and enjoy!

Games for Children's Choir

A set of 62+ games and activities for children's choirs of all ages, including step-by-step directions and links to video demonstrations.

Directing a Church Children's Choir 101 (Lite)

A 4-week audio training course for children's choir directors in church settings. (Audio version only.)

Directing a Church Children's Choir 101 (Essentials)

A 4-week online training course for children's choir directors in church settings. (Video and audio version.)

Directing a Church Children's Choir 101 (Premium)

A 4-week online training course for children's choir directors in church settings. (Video and audio version + bonus module.)

The Planning Kit for Children's Choir Directors

A 22-page collection of printables, templates, and worksheets to help you get organized, plan, and teach with confidence.

Tonal & Rhythm Pattern Cards: Younger Elementary

Help your younger elementary children develop a strong musical vocabulary with these printable, age-appropriate tonal and rhythm pattern cards.

Tonal & Rhythm Pattern Cards: Older Elementary

Help your older elementary children develop a strong musical vocabulary with these printable, age-appropriate tonal and rhythm pattern cards.

Free Rhythm Pattern Card Set

A free printable card set featuring 16 different rhythm patterns in duple meter.

What to Teach When in Children's Choir

A comprehensive guide on what to teach when in preschool, younger elementary, and older elementary children's choirs.

38 Ways to Sing it Again: Silly Ideas for Your Children's Choir

A printable card set with 38 silly, creative challenges for your children's choir to try when singing something again.

Music Education & Leadership Skills for the Youth Choir Director

Learn to lead and direct with confidence with this 2-hour online training course designed for youth choir directors in church settings.

The Planning Kit for Youth Choir Directors

A 24-page collection of printables, templates, and worksheets to help you get organized, plan, and direct with confidence.

Rhythm Pattern Card Set

Help those you teach learn the language of music with this printable collection of six rhythm pattern card sets (192 cards total).

Handbell Notation Guide

A printable handbell notation guide, including the symbols you'll see in the score plus directions on how to play them.

Music Education & Leadership Skills for the Handbell Choir Director

Learn to lead and direct with confidence with this 2-hour online training course designed for handbell choir directors in church settings.

Glorioso for Handbells

A short, festive acclamation or introit for 16 bells. Perfect for your beginning bell choir! Works well as a processional or acclamation.

Four Pieces for Advent

A digital collection of four short pieces for 12 bells - perfect for acclamations, processionals, responses, and other service music during Advent.

Four Pieces for Christmas

A digital collection of four short Christmas pieces for 12-17 bells - perfect as preludes, anthems or offertories, and hymn descants.

Still, Still, Still

A quiet, reflective arrangement of a Christmas favorite, arranged for 2-octave handbells (12 bells + opt. 4 handchimes).

Four Pieces for Epiphany

A digital collection of four short pieces for 12-16 bells for use throughout the season of Epiphany.

Four Pieces for Lent

A digital collection of four short pieces for 12-19 bells, including two solo pieces, a processional, and a hymn descant for use during the Lenten season. 

Four Pieces for Easter

A digital collection of four short pieces for 12-21 bells, including fanfares, hymn descants, and a solo piece for use during the Easter season. 

Easter Fanfare & Hymn Descant

A festive fanfare processional and a descant for the Easter hymn, “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.”

Music Budget Worksheet

A color-coded budget worksheet (Microsoft Excel file) for your church music program.

Organize Your Church Music Program

A 25-minute online workshop recording featuring step-by-step direction, a 28-page eBook, and helpful checklists, worksheets, and templates.

Folder & Robe List

A printable for your choir room to help everyone keep track of their folder and robe numbers.

Choir Sign-Out Calendar

A printable 12-month calendar for your choir room to keep track of important dates and choir member sign-outs. Simply print and add dates!

10 Ways to Make Your Own Instrumental Arrangements

Ten easy (and practical) ideas for making your own instrumental arr. for worship services. Resource links included!

Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

An elegant arrangement of this hymn for violin and cello, featuring unique harmonies and accompaniment patterns and an original descant.

Two Easter Hymn Settings for Brass Quintet

Creative settings of two Easter hymns: "Jesus Shall Reign" and "The Strife Is O'er," arranged for brass quintet with opt. congregation.

How to Harmonize and Re-Harmonize a Hymn or Song for Worship

This 12-page workbook will walk you through my step-by-step process for harmonizing (and reharmonizing) hymns and songs for worship.

The Church Musician Primer

A 4-week online keyboard skills class for church organists and pianists.

5 Creative Worship Order Templates

Find unique, creative ways to organize your worship services, with these five helpful (and practical) templates for worship planning. 

Holy Week Service Template + Lenten Resource Guide

A 2-page Holy Week service outline featuring art, music, and readings + a Lenten resource guide for church musicians and worship planners.

Worship Planning Calendar (2018-19)

Keep track of all your worship-planning notes with this printable (11x17"), month-at-a-glance worksheet for the 2018-19 year.

Advent Hymn Calendar

A simple, printable Advent calendar based on hymns and carols of the season.

Worship Arts Team Worksheet

Plan and organize your time with your worship arts team with this helpful worksheet. 

Work Retreat Workbook

A printable workbook to help you plan, organize, and prepare for a freelance work retreat and grow your business.

Batching Worksheet

This 3-page printable includes a project task page, batching worksheet, and daily schedule for time-blocking.

Résumé-Writing Guide

This guide includes a free sample résumé, an annotated template, and a list of 35 action verbs you can use - all designed for musicians.