OCTOBER 2018 • THE MUSIC ISSUE
serving, growing, trusting.
a spark of genius! A timeline of Christian music
EXCLUSIVE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW! INTERVIEW!
music & the arts
how to read music
make Him famous
submitted artwork from our monthly readers
A look at some modern Christian music
a step by step guide to reading music like a pro
Danni Peace’s mission to make Jesus known through music
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i can only imagine
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interview with Bart Miller Bart Miller’s journey writing his new single, “I can only imagine”
a timeline of worship history How music has turned hearts to Jesus through the course of history.
with musician Danni Peace How can we spread God’s message of love through worship?
Photography by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen
common questions of the emerging artist Requested questions from all of our international readers.
FE ATURES & D E PARTMENTS
5 7 8 TRANSMIT Letter from the Editor
OVERFLOW School of Music & Art
DIFFERENT Christian Music Genres
This issue of Impart is specifically focused on music, but why?
The Salvation Army inspires and encourages teen artists.
Do you have a unique taste in music? Don’t feel weird about it.
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PROJECT Top Christian Artists Which artists get the most love from our readers?
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VOLUNTEER Get Involved! Awesome volunteer & outreach ideas.
RENEW how to read Music
Want to play an instrument, but don’t know where to start? Look no further.
RADIATE Let Go & Let God Submitted Artwork from our readers.
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THE MUSIC ISSUE AN INSIDE LOOK AT DIVERSE ARTISTS HELL-BENT ON CHALLENGING THE MESSAGES OF TODAY’S MUSIC.
Music is a passionate, ever-changing love of mine. Growing up, I listened to just about everything. From Rap, to hip-hop, to classical, I’ve learned to appreciate many different types of music. However, it wasn’t until I was older that I realized the messages hidden within many mainstream songs, and how they gave me a slanted view of my purpose here on earth. What comes first? A relationship with God or a relationship with a significant other? You’d think the answer would be simple, however I found out the answer to that question a little too late. My false sense of purpose was not only caused by music, but by television, books, and peers. It wasn’t until college that I realized my true purpose and the difference God was making in my life. This Music issue of Impart takes a look at diverse artists hell-bent on combating the messages of today’s music. They are from a vast array of genres and cultural backgrounds, and share the unusual message of Jesus’ love. Here at Impart, we hope these artists and stories will inspire you to use your musical talents to spread the radical love of Jesus. “Sometimes the intensity of shame will lead us down the path of thinking that we have to sustain righteousness in our own strength. In reality, it’s the work of the cross that puts us in right standing with the Lord,” says Danni Peace, singersongwriter from Coatsville, PA. This rising soul/pop-rock singer is featured on page 32 of this issue. If you are pursuing a career in music, what are your thoughts for your future long term? Worried about making a living
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through a career in music? Australian based band, For KING & COUNTRY, shares their journey through good and bad times, and how they got to be an internationally recognized Alternative Rock band. You don’t have to be a Christian to have an interest in Christianity. Here at Impart we challenge readers to be curious and open-minded about the Bible. If you have questions about the faith, you aren’t alone. Never be afraid to ask questions. Ask Annette on page 53 highlights questions submitted by readers across the globe with a desire to better understand God. Your questions are valid, empowering, and valued. Page 56 offers brain-teasers, games, and featured teens who entered artwork into our monthly contests. When I was in college, I joined a Christian club on my campus. I’d had a musical background, but didn’t want to participate in the worship team. Having come from a Catholic background, I wasn’t familiar with any of the Christian Rock music. “Wasn’t familiar” is putting it lightly. I really didn’t like Christian Rock, and still am not too crazy about its repetitive nature. However, God showed me that he wanted to use my gifts, and I played keyboard with the worship team for two years before graduating. It made me develop a deeper appreciation of Christian music, and the importance of meaning behind a song. I hope you’ll find enjoyment and diversity in this special issue of Impart.
Jacqueline Foran Editor in chief
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SCHOOL OF MUSIC & ART HOW THE SALVATION ARMY EMPOWERS TEENS WITH MUSIC. By Kathy Norcross Watts • Photos taken by Stacey Foran
ORIGINS “The staff here, they help you a lot,” says Arturo Balanzar, a seventh-grader at Paisley IB Magnet School, who plays cornet and piano at the Academy. “Music gives us a way to communicate. It’s like a voice everyone hears,” he says. “The instructors here can help you discover a talent you never knew you had.” The Academy of Music & Arts carries on the Salvation Army’s longstanding musical tradition, says David Zuniga, associate director of the Academy of Music & Arts. The Salvation Army began in England 150 years ago, and early brass bands popped up in England as a way to attract crowds and evangelize.
can i sign up? AGE RANGE: • Grades 4-12 STRUCTURE • 45 min. brass instrument • 45 min. instrument of your choice PREREQUISITES • None! We accept students from all levels of playing. • Simply have your parent fill out an online form at salvationmusic.com COST • $50 per 10-week session. • Instruments loaned out for free.
PERCUSSION drumset, xylophone, congas, & more!
Maj. Stan Colbert, who is the Area Commander of the local Salvation Army, notes that music has the ability to enhance a child’s education. He says students gain a higher sense of discipline and achievement when they succeed at something new.
trumpet, baritone, and saxaphone
WINDS flute, clarinet, oboe, & bassoon
Reagan High School Senior Damaris Partida began attending the Academy at age 9, and she now helps teach guitar. “She offered to come back and volunteer her time,” Zuniga says. “We’ve had several students do that.” Partida plays violin, guitar, cornet, and cello.
classical guitar & electric guitar
“There is a great team effort that comes from playing in an ensemble,” says Colbert, who taught music for years at UNC Charlotte. “It’s a proven fact that when you study music, it increases your educational capacity. It requires thinking on different levels simultaneously. Here’s an opportunity to give a child a present they may cherish the rest of their life.”
learn traditional keyboard or synth
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UNIQUELY MADE WORSHIP COMES IN ALL SHAPES AND SOUNDS. Written by Derek Hill • Photography by Derek Hill
hristian music is an expression of our faith in the trinity and is an outlet to praise and bring glory to the Father. Christian music also is written to encourage our fellow brothers and sisters in their walks with the Lord. What makes a song Christian is simply the lyrics. The content of what is sung must be congruent with the principals of God and His Holy Word. So, let us look at some of the different styles of Christian music that bring glory to God.
The most common two types of music that coe to mind when we think “Christian Music” are Praise/Woship Music, and Gospel Music.
traditional genres PRAISE/WORSHIP This well-known type of music is used widely in church services. This style is dedicated to beautifully arranged musical themes and lyrics that help us focus on God as we sing to Him. Most praise music today uses drums, electric guitars and acoustic guitars with some piano too. This style is widely accepted by Christians abroad. Some of the artists you may sing songs of in church include: Chris Tomlin, The David Crowder Band and Michael Gungor. These are just a handful of the many talented artists that have impacted the kingdom with praise/worship music.
Gospel music has really upbeat tempos or very somber, “soulful” tempos. It is full of piano, organ, drums and vocal harmonies. There is much to appreciate in this style for it is sung with such admiration to our Father. I have been to churches predominantly attended by African Americans and I always love it! The gospel choirs make you smile for the joy that they radiate. You cannot attend a gospel choir without feeling that joy welling up inside of you. Some gospel artists include: Marvin Winans, Andrae Crouch, and Marvin Sapp.
Featured to the right Metal Christian band, UNDEROATH, rocking out in Philadelphia last Spring.
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rising modern genres
RAP Rap music is widely known for its emphasis on lyrical expression and rhymes with the use of synthesized sounds and bass. When coupled with the life of a Christian spreading the gospel, it is a wonderful genre of music. An artist that is worth looking at is Lecrae. His song “Don’t Waste Your Life” is an honest one about living a genuine Christian life.
POP Christian pop music is heard all over Christian radio today. It features a wide array of instruments including: synthesizers, piano, drums, drum machines, bass, violin, guitar and many others. Most songs are very catchy and have upbeat tempos to draw you in. Some artists worth checking out are Britt Nicole, Rachel Chan, Tenth Avenue North, Brandon Heath, Matthew West and Sanctus Real.
BLUES Blues music is well known but not as well known in Christian music. Blues music doesn’t change a whole lot and you can always tell when you hear it. Songs are always very upbeat or very slow and sorrowful sounding. Blues music uses mostly drums, elec. Guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals. Blues music incorporates the “12 bar blues” in many songs. One band that I must mention is “The Rex Carroll Band”. Rex Carroll made his debut through a band called “Whitecross” back in the 80’s. There he established his unmatched guitar playing. After “Whitecross”, he formed “The Rex Carroll Band” where he really brought the blues into Christian music. An artist of old is Rev. Dan Smith. He is a gospel blues artist that started in the 60’s.
ROCK This is by far my favorite genre. Christian metal is one of the bigger influences in junior highers and high schoolers of the church today. The music is very heavy and incorporates mostly elec. guitar, drums, bass and vocals. There are many kinds of metal, but they all incorporate intense drumming and guitar solos, along with awesome heavy breakdowns in between. Kids want to see real Christians. When kids find out I love metal, they already share a bond with me. It’s like bikers when they wave to each other. They have a bond over motorcycles. There are so many bands to choose from, but here are a few worth checking out: Living Sacrifice(1997present), As I Lay dying, and The Devil Wears Prada.
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A TIMELINE OF MAJOR TURNING POINTS IN THE HISTORY OF WORSHIP by STEVEN SIMKINS Photography by ELLEN PARKER
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FIRST MENTION OF MUSIC First mention of music is found in the Bible, as Jubal was said to be the “father of all those who play the lyre and pipe” (Genesis 4:20-21)
he scriptures tell us to be creative! Because we are made in God’s image, we were given the ability to use every instrument for His praise (Psalm 150). Changes in orchestration have led to controversy. Currently we are moving from pop/rock band with vocalist ensemble of 4-8 to just lead vocal with maybe 1 or 2 backup singers at times. This shift is causing lots of relational stress in many churches at the moment and needs to be understood in a broader historical and philosophical context. This minimizes the inevitable conflict that all transitions cause. Think of it similar to moving from KJV to more
“There are always those clinging on to former ways and have a hard time as the market shifts.” modern translations, or churches moving from Bus ministry to more modern children’s ministry. Or, from large pageant style theatrical christmas dinner productions to feeding the homeless dinner instead or some other ministry. There are always those clinging on to former ways of doing ministry and have a hard time with job retraining as the market shifts.
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What style should we use? Since music is a language and we are someday going to worship God in every language and tongue, we are free to use any one we want. We will use whichever is most useful–most likely the one that is our own natural language (think reasoning for using modern translations in church). This philosophy of missional outreach is clearly seen in the scriptures. Every time God interacts with humans, he does so in their own language so they can understand. He wants to be close to them, not expecting them to learn some angelic language to communicate with him. This is clear in the incarnation of Jesus as an ordinary Jewish human, speaking the local language and relating his message to fishing with the fisherman. That was a huge part of the reformation: translate the truth of scriptures into the local vernacular language and have the services in that same language, not in Latin, which no one spoke anymore outside of church. Either we bring the gospel and our services in a way that people can relate to, or we lose our ability to connect people to God. So all in all, each style is unique, and every church has their own specific style. And that’s awesome! Everyone worships God in their own special way.
ISAAC WATTS & BENJAMIN KEACH Watts and Keach were 18th century non-conformists that started to create “hymns of human composing”, however these free hymns were not accepted unit the 19th century.
CHURCH AFTER CHRIST’S ASCENSION
Tabernacle worship is put into practice as vocal and instrumental praise were directed by King David and the Ark of the Covenant is delivered into the Tabernacle (1 Chronicles 16)
Choir would continue to sing German chorales, and even as congregations. Martin Luther even wrote his own hymns to teach believers Lutheran theology and to demonstrate believer priesthood.
Disciples and new Christians began to meet for their own Synagogue services that combined Jewish traditions and Christian principles. Services mainly composed of Psalms, scripture reading, and discussion (Acts 2:38).
1790 AD CAMP MEETINGS Baptists in New England began to merge folk melodies with classical hymns, and this eventually led to the sparking of people’s hearts as it traveled down south to Virginia and Kentucky.
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Revival started up by evangelist Moody and Sankey. Moody’s focus was to make services more interesting to draw people in, and he did this through Sankey. Sankey was considered the father of gospel music and introduced many of the gospel hymns we know of today.
Maranatha Music was founded by pastor Chuck Smith. Music had simple melodies and lyrics straight from scripture in attempt to draw in the younger generation. This was one of the true beginnings of contemporary Christian music.
PHILIPP JAKOB SPENER First worship leader in his time
THE CENTER FOR WORSHIP Founded by Dr. Vernon Whaley, the Center for Worship is a department at Liberty University which trains up young men and women for worship and music ministry in the churches of tomorrow.
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By Norbert Robinson Photograph y by Jeb D iane
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her formative years, Danni wrote and sa a way to get ng songs as through the tough years Her relations of adolescenc hip with the e. Lord not only through,tough carried her seasons, it de ep ened a love to Christ and hi serve s people. At 14, she bega at her local ch n leading wo urch and still rship co nt inues to serv capacity. Ad e in this ditionally she leads leads wo ministers at rship and Conferences and retreats. In Jan 27, 20 17 Danni relea sed The Odys project focuse sey, a 5 song d on explorin g life, loss, lo Lord. The proj ve and the ect received recognition lo to great oppo cally and led rtunities thro ughout the Ea single Finger st Coast. Her print was no minated by W STW 93.7FM for a Homey Award in 2017. Danni also m ade an appearan ce on ABC27 an d at Citizen’s Bank Park America at th to sing God e Philadelphi Bless a Ph illi es Baseball Her national game. debut took pl ace in Septem Morning Am ber on Good erica to prom ote American Idol. Throughout her career sh e ha s op en of renowned ed for a plet speakers, artis hora ts, and cultu as: Tye Tribbe re shifters su tt, Jackie Hillch Perry, Ezekiel T.R.U.T.H, Cind Azonwu Da’ y Trimm, David Akers and m ore.
gigs “Sometimes the intensity of shame will lead us down the path of thinking that we have to sustain righteousness in our own strength. In reality, it’s the work of the cross that puts us in right standing with the Lord.”
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January 12-14 Impact Regional Conference Manasass, VA
Higher Level Marriage Conference Exton, PA
Even with th ese accompl ishments, no Danni as muc thing gives h joy as men toring upcom Recently nam ing leaders. ed one of Bo om Philly 103.9 30 finalists, fo ’s 30 under r her work in campus minist mentorship, ry. Through speaking, an d music ther amazing oppo e are so man rtunities to sh y are the good give back to news and the commun ity. Danni’s new single Awaken Love is availab many online le through music distrib utors such as music, and Am iTunes, Appl azon. ‡ e
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Eastern University Philadelphia, PA
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HOW TO READ MUSIC HAVE YOU EVER HEARD A SONG AND THOUGHT, “I’D LIKE TO KNOW HOW TO PLAY THAT?” Do you have friends who play musical instruments, and you want to get in on the fun? Do you just want to expand your general artistic knowledge? Well, learning the basics of how to read sheet music can help you achieve all of these, and in a shorter amount of time than you might have thought!
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The staff consists of five lines and four spaces. Each of those lines and each of those spaces represents a different letter, which in turn represents a note. Those lines and spaces represent notes named A-G, and the note sequence moves alphabetically up the staff.
cLEFS There are two main clefs with which to familiarize yourself; the first is a treble clef. The treble clef has the ornamental letter G on the far left side. The treble clef notates the higher registers of music, so if your instrument has a higher pitch, such as a flute, violin or saxophone, your sheet music is written in the treble clef. Higher notes on a keyboard also are notated on the treble clef. The bass clef is also referred to as the F clef. The bass clef notates the lower registers of music, so if your instrument has a lower pitch, such as a bassoon, tuba or cello, your sheet music is written in the bass clef. Lower notes on your keyboard also are notated in the bass clef.
“EMPTY GARBAGE BEFORE DAD FLIPS” + “FACE”
D B G
“GOOD BOYS DESERVE FUDGE ALWAYS” + “ALL COWS EAT GRASS”
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Every note has a note head, either filled (black) or open (white). Where the note head sits on the staff (either on a line or space) determines which note you will play. Sometimes, note heads will sit above or below the five lines and four spaces of a staff. In that case, a line (known as a ledger line) is drawn through the note, above the note or below the note head, to indicate the note letter to play.
The note stem is a thin line that extends either up or down from the note head. The direction of the line doesn’t affect how you play, but it serves as a way to make the notes easier to read while allowing them to fit neatly on the staff. As a rule of thumb, any notes at or above the B line on the staff have downward pointing stems, and those notes below the B line have upward pointing stems.
NOTEs: structure and position
The note flag is a curvy mark to the right of the note stem. Its purpose is to tell you how long to hold a note. We’ll see below how a single flag shortens the note’s duration, while multiple flags can make it shorter still The 4 types of note flags are: 8th note flags, 16th note flags, 32nd note flags, and 64th note flags. These flags look slightly different, and each represent a different duration of time for their note.
THIS ISSUE’S POLL! What is the best Christian music genre?
NOTE & rest values Now that you know the parts to each note, we’ll take a closer look at those filled and open note heads discussed above. Whether a note head is filled or open shows us the note’s value, or how long that note should be held. Start with a closed note head with a stem. That’s our quarter note, and it gets one beat. An open note head with a stem is a half note, and it gets two beats. An open note that looks like an “o” without a stem is a whole note, and it gets held for four beats.
combine note values and note letters B F D
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MUSIC AND ARTS SUBMITTED ARTWORK FROM OUR READERS! By Rebecca Foran • Photography by Daniel Levitz
very issue, Impart receives submissions from aspiring artists all around the globe. If your work ends up here, be sure to mention this in your resume for future employers to see your achievement. This week’s theme was “Let Go & Let God.” We asked readers to listen to their favorite Christian song, and let it inspire them to create a unique drawing or painting. Matthew 6:26-36 states “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one second to your lives?”
Uplift by Megan Simone
The Simplest by Jake Beabout
God tells us many times throughout the Bible not to worry, however this passage always speaks to me reminding me how valuable I am, and that surely God will take care of me no matter what. Congratulations to Andrew Hubacher, Jake Beabout, and Megan Simone, and Rebecca Foran!
NEXT ISSUE’S ART THEME:
LET ALL THAT YOU DO BE DONE IN LOVE
Trusting, Knowing by Andrew Hubacher
Bowling Green, KY
How do I enter? We accept submissions from any middle or high school student. Go to our featured artist webpage to fill out a form, attach a picture of a form of identification and fill out a quick entry form.
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Awake by Rebecca Foran
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