Valerie, you saved me again. I got a call early on Sunday morning because the other organist came down with the flu. Your beautiful music helped me pull the whole service together in 30 minutes. Keep writing – we need your gift for simplicity in elegance.
No! I hate to buy a book and then find out that some of the songs are duplicates from other books. There are no duplicates in my books, although sometimes I use a melody more than once. For instance, I have a version of PICARDY for organ, for piano and also for solo instrument, but they aren’t identical.
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Yes, check out my “Piano Stylings” series. Concordia Publishing House publishes this series of books for me and, while the pieces are chosen to work across denominations, they are especially matched with your hymnal.
Check out my “Short and…” series, starting with “Short and Sacred”. Each of the pieces in this series can be played in about 60 seconds, which means that they are usually a page or two in length. One of the challenges of being an intermediate player is that the songs get long and can take a month to prepare. So preparing a student to play for Advent, means that they are starting in October. And for Lent, they are starting in the Christmas season. Hopefully a student can start their music much closer to performance and be well prepared.
I intentionally compose for the late intermediate or early advanced player in mind. If someone is able to play for church, they will probably be able to all of my books. Accessibility is a hallmark of my playing. More and more, our church musicians are being pulled in so many directions. They feel guilty if they aren’t at church practicing. And then when they are at church practicing, they feel guilty they aren’t home with their families. They want to do a great job for their congregations. The answer is well crafted pieces that sound awesome and that have the melodies in the forefront so the congregation can hear them.
Yes, check out my Hymns for Young Hands These are intended for piano students that are able to read notes on the staff. For most students, this is after two months of lessons. So a child that started lessons in September can be ready to play hymns by Christmas. The Early Elementary books feature a duet part for the teacher, parent, sibling or another student to fill out the harmonies and make the piece sound very grown up. This is a graded series so there are three books at the Early Elementary level, followed by one at the Elementary level (after about a year of lessons), and then Late Elementary (after about two years of lessons). As supplemental books, it is good to keep them a little on the easy side to encourage the students to play for church or chapel often.
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Under the “Home” menu, there is a Hymn Database option. This will give an alphabetical listing of all the hymntunes Valerie has arranged. So look for the hymntune of each of your hymns and use the Hymn Database to find what books match.
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I need service music that is easy to play but sounds like I know what I’m doing. I’m a mediocre pianist and I have to practice at least an hour a day to get ready for a service.
Your music is so nice, it makes me sound as though I am a much better keyboardist than I am. This is all wonderful stuff. I use your music every time I play in church, couldn’t live without them! Thank you!
I’ve played everything from advanced classical music to simple melodies in church, but nothing I play brings the numerous compliments that any Floeter music that I play does.
Her music is absolutely my ‘go-to’ almost every week – beautiful, beautiful, beautiful and intriguing arrangements.
Following the success of her publications with Northwestern Publishing House and Augsburg Fortress, Valerie decided to put more time into arranging hymntunes for piano, organ, and solo instruments. Her arrangements are known for their beauty while maintaining a simplicity that keeps them accessible for most church musicians.
I love that your arrangements are playable for someone like me who, with a little practice, can play at the intermediate level, and yet your arrangements make me sound much more advanced than I really am.
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Floeter Music was started in 2009 by arranger/composer Valerie Floeter.
Her arrangements are known for their beauty while maintaining a simplicity that keeps them accessible for most church musicians.