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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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Music Education Basics: A Free 5-Day Workshop

A free 5-day online workshop (Jan. 21-25, 2019) to give you clarity in your teaching and a fresh dose of inspiration and practical teaching ideas...

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.)...

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

An online training course 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 quick-and-easy printable. This PDF file includes "My Country 'Tis of Thee" in six different keys: F, G-flat, G,...

The Choir Year in Review

Take some time at the end of your choir year to reflect on and evaluate what worked well and what didn't work. Where did you...

Children's Choir Rehearsal Plan Template

This printable 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 collection of 62+ games and activities for children's choirs of all ages, including step-by-step directions for how to play, plus links to video demonstrations,...

Directing a Church Children's Choir 101

A 4-week online training course designed specifically for children's choir directors in church settings

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

A practical tool to help older elementary children learn the language of music

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, including checklists of appropriate musical skills and concepts,...

Free Rhythm Pattern Card Set

This free printable card set features 16 rhythm patterns cards in duple meter. Use them for call-and-response, a composition-based gathering activity, teaching a new song...

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

We all know the importance of repetition in learning. The problem is, this often becomes something we do mindlessly. To keep your singers engaged, here...

Music Budget Worksheet

A color-coded budget worksheet (Microsoft Excel file) for your church music program. The first page of this document has budget vs. actual summaries, pie charts,...

Organize Your Church Music Program

Featuring 25 minutes of step-by-step instruction, a 28-page eBook, and a collection of checklists, worksheets, templates, and printables this online workshop will help you organize...

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. Each month includes five weeks worth of...

10 Ways to Make Your Own Instrumental Arrangements

Even if you don't consider yourself an arranger, this printable includes ten easy (and practical) ideas for making your own instrumental arr. for worship services....

Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

An elegant arrangement of a traditional hymn for violin and cello, featuring unique and interesting harmonies and accompaniment patterns and an original descant on the...

Handbell Notation Guide

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

Music Education & Leadership Skills for the Handbell Choir Director

An online training course for handbell choir directors in church settings

Rhythm Pattern Card Set

A printable collection of six rhythm pattern card sets in duple and triple meter (32 cards/set).

Glorioso for Handbells

A short, festive acclamation or introit for 16 bells. Perfect for your beginning bell choir (the piece is built on simple, repeated rhythmic patterns -...

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 pieces for 12-17 bells - perfect for preludes, anthems or offertories, and congregational hymn-singing during the Christmas season.

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, including a solo piece, a processional, a hymn descant, and an original prayer and underscore...

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...

Easter Fanfare & Hymn Descant

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

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, including a few examples for you...

The Church Musician Primer

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

5 Creative Worship Order Templates

Five helpful (and practical) templates for worship planning. Find unique, creative ways to organize your worship services, with sample templates from different denominations and different...

Worship Planning Calendar (2018-19)

A printable (11x17"), month-at-a-glance worship-planning worksheet for the 2018-19 year. Keep track of all your worship planning notes, themes, service music, anthems, etc. for every...

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. Talk through upcoming Sundays and special services and jot down notes,...

Batching Worksheet

A simple process to help you be more productive, especially when managing multiple projects! Read more in this post. This three-page printable includes a project...

Résumé-Writing Guide

This downloadable guide includes a free sample résumé, an annotated résumé template with more helpful tips and suggestions, and a list of 35 action verbs...

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