Local Practice Groups are generally organized by participants of MMC events, to get together and practice their singing. You can use this calendar page to set up a new singing event near you, or get in touch with MMC to help you figure out the best way to organize other people in the community to form a local practice group.

Upcoming Events


    Hudson Valley Interfaith Practice Group

  • Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 02:00 PM

    We're excited to announce a new Interfaith Practice Group in the Hudson Valley. We'll gather in the Rectory behind St. John's Episcopal Church. Bring a song to share and/or one that you'd like to learn to teach! 

    For more info, please call Ana Hernandez at (914) 357-0365 and leave a message.  

    The group meets monthly on the Sunday after the full moon (mainly the 3rd Sunday of the month).

  • Chicago Area Practice Group: Northside

  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 04:00 PM
    Bethany UCC in Chicago, IL

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    Join our Chicago Area Practice Group: Northside for regular gatherings at Bethany UCC. All are welcome to sing with others, learn new tunes, and strengthen your song-leading skills! 

    Contact group organizer Spencer Foon with any questions!

  • Baltimore Practice Group

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2020 at 05:30 PM
    Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore, MD

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    Our Baltimore Practice Group meets again on Tuesday, January 7 at 5:30 p.m., hosted by the Cathedral of the Incarnation in downtown Baltimore. This is a great opportunity for those who've attended MMC workshops to practice their song teaching skills and learn new paperless repertoire. While geared toward folks who’ve attended an MMC event, all are welcome to sing.

    RSVP below. For more information, please contact coordinator Barbara Cates.

  • NYC Practice Group

  • Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 02:00 PM
    Church of the Village in New York, NY

    Join us for a gathering of the New York City Practice Group, an opportunity to practice paperless leadership skills and share new songs in a community of gracious learning and discovery. The group is open to all, whether you've attended an MMC event yet or not. We'll gather in the Chapel of the Beloved Community at Church of the Village in Greenwich Village.

    Church of The Village is in Manhattan’s West Village on the corner of 13th Street and 7th Avenue. The 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, F, M, and L trains all stop a short distance away, as well as the PATH train from New Jersey.

    There is a wheelchair-accessible ramp on 13th Street for those who may have difficulty with stairs. An elevator provides access to church offices, meeting rooms, and gymnasium. Many restrooms are ADA-accessible.

  • Winter Retreat at Ghost Ranch

  • Friday, January 31, 2020 at 06:00 PM through February 02, 2020
    Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM


    Share a weekend of singing, worship, and learning in community with Sylvia Miller-Mutia, David Poole, and Paul Vasile. Together we’ll explore the ancient and new practice of paperless (oral/aural tradition) music leadership, sharing songs as people did before music or words were written down.

    – Learn leadership skills and strategies for sharing paperless songs in your community;
    – Build a repertoire of songs that can be led with groups of varied ages and musical experiences;
    – Worship and reflect in community, deepening into spaces of listening and
    – Explore how the energy we create through singing affects what we do in worship as a whole, as well as other parts of our human lives.

    Registration Rates: 
    All Inclusive, Double Occupancy with Private Bath: $580.00
    All Inclusive, Double Occupancy with Shared Bath: $544.00
    All Inclusive, Double Occupancy with Communal Bath: $345.00
    Commuter: $265.00

    Click here to view lodging descriptions and learn more about traveling to this beautiful property in the high desert of New Mexico.

    REGISTER HERE!

    Music That Makes Community is a non-profit organization working with ecumenical communities and leaders to empower and liberate communities’ spiritual life through singing. For over twelve years we have developed and shared music leadership practices grounded in a theology of welcome and generosity for the benefit of musicians, clergy, and lay leaders throughout the United States and Canada. Our hope is that Music That Makes Community offerings supplement and enhance what congregations already do, offering repertoire and leadership skills that support vibrant, communal music making. Watch this short video to learn about the unique work we're doing around the United States and Canada.

  • Chicago Area Practice Group: Northside

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 04:00 PM
    Bethany UCC in Chicago, IL

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    Join our Chicago Area Practice Group: Northside for regular gatherings at Bethany UCC. All are welcome to sing with others, learn new tunes, and strengthen your song-leading skills! 

    Contact group organizer Spencer Foon with any questions!

Music that Makes Community
paul@musicthatmakescommunity.org
(929) 266-4662
131 Odell Clark Place, Apt. 3A
New York, NY 10030