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Improvising for Church Pianists

Simple tips to improve your congregational accompaniment immediately!

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Whether you're an experienced church pianist looking to brush up on your skills or a new church pianist with little experience, this video series will help you! You can apply these tips to your hymn playing right away and immediately improve your sound. Work through the lessons at your own pace and come back to view them over and over.

Please note: the content in this mini course is the same improvising content as the full course. If you plan to purchase the full course (From Prelude to Postlude) you do not need to purchase these videos. They will be included already.

Questions? Please email nicole@churchpianist.cc



I thoroughly enjoyed working through this course. It was a good refresher in a some areas and it was challenging and helpful in other areas. The lesson that offered hymn improvisation tips & tricks was especially helpful to me. I also really enjoyed the lesson that taught us how to seamlessly modulate between songs during a prelude. These two specific areas will still require some time and practice on my part, but this course offered me the knowledge and even some motivation to do better. Being away from constant, weekly piano lessons, it’s easy for me to become complacent and just accept where I am as a pianist without trying to grow or learn more. God desires me to be excellent in all I do for Him, which is exactly Who I’m serving when I play in any capacity at church. Thank you for this helpful course that reinvigerate me to push past complacency and try new things when I have the opportunity to play piano. -Jamie Rench, staff, Calvary Baptist Church, Temecula


Your Instructor


Nicole Burkholder
Nicole Burkholder

Nicole is the church pianist for Calvary Baptist Church in Temecula, CA. She has been playing for the church as well as teaching private lessons for over 25 years. In that time, she has accompanied college touring groups, high school, college and community choirs of all sizes, and both student and professional musicians. Her practical experience has helped shape her music ministry within the local church. It is her desire to push herself and others in the music ministry toward excellence.



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