Music That Makes Community has inspired two printed collections of paperless music. Read more about them and purchase below!

Singing In Community: Paperless Music for Worship

9781506418261_3Dh.jpgSinging in Community invites you to reconnect with singing and leading music as generations before us have done, something actually begun in ancient times. Before Gutenberg made it possible to “put the music in people’s hands,” congregational song and folk hymns were led without printed music for each singer. We can learn to sing in this way—a practice that seems new, but is very old.

Over fifty songs are included, as well as useful notes on how to introduce your assembly to the tradition of singing without printed music. This songbook was developed in cooperation with Music That Makes Community, an organization working across the ecumenical spectrum to empower and liberate communities’ spiritual life through singing. Orally transmitted music can become a powerful spiritual practice for your community and a way to build meaning, compassion, and creativity into worship.

Price: $13.95

Available from Augsburg Fortress in the United States
Available from ParaSource in Canada. Email [email protected] or call 800.263.2664

Music By Heart: Paperless Songs for Evening Worship

ProductDetailB.pngSimple, beautiful songs for worship readily accessible to singers in any size congregation, including songs in unison, simple harmony parts, and rounds; most can be sung unaccompanied.

Specifically geared to evening and night-time liturgies though many can be used at other times.

Original music by variety of composers, written to be taught by rote and sung without printed music.

Includes teaching notes to help the lead musician be successful.

Price: $32.95

Available for purchase from Church Publishing

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  • Conie Borchardt
    commented 2024-03-14 01:12:36 -0400
    Greetings Nadine! Thank you so much for letting us know the link no longer worked. We have fixed it! So sorry it took so long.
  • Nadine Lucas
    commented 2020-08-09 15:10:43 -0400
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