5 Ways to Get More out of CCLI’s SongSelect
My SongSelect subscription began as a luke-warm, reluctant relationship. But these days, we pay for the Premium package every year and consider it indispensable to our ministry! Of course there are the obvious uses that we all subscribe for: to download/print music for our teams and to import lyrics into programs like MediaShout or ProPresenter.
But here are 5 ways to use this stellar service that you just might be overlooking:
- Discovering songs to teach your church. I spend a good chunk of time once a year prayerfully determining what new songs I should plan to teach our church over the coming 12 months. I’m not much of a Contemporary Christian Radio guy so I rely on other resources for song discovery. One such resource: the CCLI and SongSelect Top 100 lists. You still have to weigh song quality and lyrical depth/truth. But one of my goals is for our church to know most worship songs being commonly sung by their brothers and sisters across the country. It’s a unity thing.
- Finding melodies for special instrumentalists. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how many of SongSelect’s Lead and Vocal Sheets include melodic lines written in. I hand these of to my resident flautist, violinist, violist, trumpeter, saxaphonist, or glockenspieler (yes, we have one and he rocks!) and WHAM, just like that we’re creating really engaging music. And it’s sure nice to be able to change the key so easily for all the quirky Bb and Eb and Zb instruments. Speaking of transposing…
- Choosing the right keys may seem like a common use of SongSelect but how purposefully are you using it? I wrote another post that detailed why we should be careful to choose the appropriate key for each song. So here I’ll just briefly tell you how I use it: I open up a Lead Sheet and try to keep the melody between Middle C and the C above. This is the safe range for the mix of untrained voices in our congregations.
- Planning the right songs for a certain theme. I’ve just recently begun to make better use of the ability to search or browse by theme in SongSelect. Not all of their songs are tagged as I would categorize them but it’s still a good starting place when you’re trying to match up a song with a sermon, etc (See, I’m not really a sermon-centric planning hater!).
- Empower others. At the top of your screen to the right when you log in, there’s little black tab that reads “Welcome, Betsy Sue” and if you head that direction, you can choose “Manage Account”. That’ll pull up 3 tabs in a blue bar and, if you click on “Admin”, you’ll find you can invite other users to your SongSelect account. Get creative, empowering others to help you out! (Just be sure they’re aware of the annual limits so they don’t just go hog-wild downloading all willy-nilly like….hmm, not sure I’ve ever used “hog-wild” and “willy-nilly” in the same sentence but I like it!).
How else do you use SongSelect?
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