Christian Church Music in the Black Worship Service

Christian Church Music in the Black Worship Service

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Mr. John Maxie Bell, the author and guest conductor-clinician for this book/workshop/worship service, is a native Houstonian. Mr. Bell received his formal education from the Houston Public Schools. His early musical training from the late Mrs. Helen K. Woods inspired him to pursue his musical talents while receiving his formal education. The late Ms Mattie E. Thomas and Mrs Joise B. James along with Ms. Mary J. James and Rosetta Burks all who were church musicians at the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. Also the late Roi Leeland Hopkins who inspired him to write about church music because of his phrasea€I could write a book about the church music departments in the black church. The artist holds a B.S. degree and M.Ed. (Educational Administration)degree from Texas Southern University. While attending Texas Southern University Mr. Bell studied piano with Mrs. Thelma O. Bell and studied voice with Mrs. Ruth Schmoll for three years. Mr. Bell successfully attended the Harvard Principal Academy Institute in 1993. Mr. Bell studied church music at University of Houston in the mid 1990a€™s. In 2011 Mr. Bell became a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars- Phi Theta Kappa chapter at Houston Community College while pursuing a music degree at Texas Southern University. Mr. Bell sang with the Houston Symphnoy Chorale for two seasons under the direction of Mrs. Virginia Babikian, and Dr. Charles Hauseman during the early 1990a€™s. Mr. Bell taught for over twenty-five and has been an elementary classroom teacher, music teacher, Chapter I Coordinator, Assistant Principal and Principal all in the Houston Independent School District. Currently is Director of Bel-Lin's Music Studio in Houston, Texas. Mr. Bella€™s avocation and passion for church music has been around four decades where he has served in the Houston and neighboring communities, and frequently serves as musical consultant for local, state and regional religious and civic organizations. He also is the author of an semi-autobiography about growing up in Houston entitled Kida€™s Cana€™t Be Kids Anymore. He has recorded two CD recordings of inspirational music. He has composed one major religious easter cantata work entitled a€˜Hear The Word of The Lord' premeire ecumenical performance in 1987 at the Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church-Houston, Texas and in 1992 at the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church-Houston. He also is the composer of many songs sung in the black worship service. His favorite and most well-liked is The Lord Is My Shepherd. He has sung with the Houston Symphony Chorale-Chorus under the direction of the late Virgina Babikian and Dr. Charles Hauseman. He received the National Reading is Fundamental Award...Leaders in Literacy Award in 1994 in Houston, Texas. Those who know the author have often described him as being very talented, inquisitive, very ambitious, a computer whiz-enthuiast, an outgoing fellow, very diligent, and energetic. He always wears an incesasant smile, is quite humorous, and is always willing to help others whenever he can. He is very versatile. Mrs. Elnoir Walton of Houston, Texas, says of Mr. Bell, qthe author presents himself as a Christian person who has the love of God in him and reflects this in his conversation and actions. He has a pleasing personality that everyone who is around him enjoys.q The author is married to the former Linda Joyce Fuller of Houston, Texas, and is the father of RaKeisha Moneta€™(Son-Inlaw Cedric) and John (II)Jr.. They reside in Southeast Houston. Mr. Bell enjoys several hobbies for both relaxation and inspiration; they are oil painting, cooking, reading, socializing, and traveling. Some of his future aspirations are to have a showing of his oil paintings, to publish a piano course book, and to establish an urban music academy, utilizing some of the latest developments in the music worYou may already have some of the songs or maybe some different sheet music or books; great! ... The majority of churches in the Black community make funeral services a very melodramatic phase of religious life with plenty ... In Romans 6:7- 8: For he that is dead in Christ is free from sin. ... Choirs, soloists, organ, piano and instrumentals selections are just a few ways available to serve the musical needsanbsp;...

Title:Christian Church Music in the Black Worship Service
Author:John M. Bell
Publisher:Xlibris Corporation - 2012-01-23


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