Location: Shocco Springs

Dates: July 7-8, 2023

Girl singing on stage with "Because"

Room Rates:

Children’s Music Summit Rates 

Early Bird Now until 5/1/23

5/2/23 through 6/1/23

After 6/1/23

















Hands-on training event for Preschool/Children’s music leadership to get you excited about teaching these precious children about God through music! This 2-day event is designed to motivate, inspire, educate and prepare you to lead effectively in your churches, schools, Mom’s Day Out or week-day education programs. Watch the love for worship come alive in your preschoolers and children!


Friday, July 7, 2023

1:30 Registration
2:30 Welcome and Instructions (Bagley 300)
2:45 “Making the Most of Your Music Closet” – Carrie Audra DeLong (B-300)
3:45 Break (Choose Your Session!)
4:00 “Vocal Production for Singers” – Andrea Barnard (B-300)
5:00 Dinner
6:15 Session 1
7:15 Break
7:30 “Because We Were Made to Praise the Lord!” – Sandy Lewis (B-300)
8:45 Munch and Mingle (Fireside – Bagley 2nd Floor)

Saturday, July 8, 2023

7:00 Breakfast (Clear Lodging Rooms Before 11 am)
8:30 Worship (B-300)
9:30 Coffee Break (Choose Your Session!)
9:40 “Instant Fun for Everyone!” – James Barnard (GIG) (B-300)
10:40 Break
10:50 Session 2
11:50 Lunch (Choose Your Session!)
1:00 Session 3
1:55 Break
2:00 “Because We Were Made to Move!” – Whitney Head (B-300)
3:00 Grand Prize Giveaway – See ya next year!
Let’s Talk About Next Year!!!!


Children's Music Summit 1

James Barnard

James Barnard is the Music Editor for Growing in Grace Children’s Music Resources. Prior to Growing in Grace, James was the Church Choral Editor for Shawnee Press/Hal Leonard for eight years where he edited and produced hundreds of choral and keyboard publications.

Growing In Grace:  Since its first release in 2012, Growing in Grace’s children’s music curriculum has grown to serve over 1,500 churches in 40 states and internationally. Additionally, Growing in Grace began to offer a variety of resources including anthems, collections, hymn studies, and more to serve churches and schools of every size and skill. Growing in Grace and its ever-expanding community of users are committed to transforming the lives of children and growing the love of God through music!

With over 20 years of experience teaching music, Andrea Barnard has a passion for seeing her students succeed. She holds degrees in vocal performance and education and has worked with all ages in both school and church settings. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, composing, and serving the church and community.

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Andrea Barnard

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Sandy Lewis

Sandy has taught many workshops and conferences around the Southeast. She is a retired school teacher having taught music for 37 years. She has taught all ages of children’s choirs, currently preschool. In conjunction with teaching school, she is the Music Associate at FBC Brandon, Florida, for 33 years, coordinating the Wednesday night TeamKID program which includes preschool and children’s choirs. She plays the piano for the church plus accompanies school choirs and soloists for Festivals. She is married to Kevin Lewis and they have 2 grown children.

Carrie Audra DeLong serves as the Preschool and Kids’ Choir Associate for Hunter Street Baptist Church in Hoover, AL.  She studied Music Education at Union University before receiving a BS from Tennessee Tech University.  She has experience teaching music in both private and public school settings and has taught graded choirs in churches for more than 20 years.  Carrie and her husband James have a son, Ronin, and a daughter, Bianca who are both growing into a singing faith, by worshiping weekly in preschool and pre-teen choirs.

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Carrie Audra DeLong

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Whitney Head

Whitney Head teaches K-5 music at Elizabeth Elementary School in Shelby, North Carolina.  She enjoys working to provide a loving, joy-filled and creative space for her students to make music.  She strives to create curriculum that is relevant, fun, and engaging.  Whitney is also involved at Parkwood Baptist Church in Gastonia, NC, where she teaches an ESL class.  Before moving to North Carolina and beginning teaching full-time, Whitney worked in music ministry for several years in Alabama and also served as a missionary in El Salvador for two years.  She earned a Master’s degree in Music Education from Samford University and a Bachelor’s degree in Church Music from Samford as well.  When she is not teaching music, Whitney enjoys finding new coffee shops, being outside, playing tennis, eating tacos, and spending time with family and friends.

The grandson of an evangelist, David was exposed to the ministry at an early age. He was born in Subic Bay, Philippines and began singing in a children’s choir at age 9 and found his love for Music ministry. He studied Music Education with Voice Concentration at Southern Methodist University from 1994-1998. He began teaching Elementary Music in Mesquite ISD in 1998 where he frequently writes music for Festivals and other events. He loves to combine Orff Schulwerk principles with other art forms such as Animation, Comic Books, Theater, Dance and Content creating on social media.  He is currently serving at Biblical Community Church in Richardson as Elder for Worship. He is currently in partnership with Scripture Memory Songs in the Philippines composing and producing videos of key verses in the Bible in the vernacular to help saturate the Philippines with the Word of God. 

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David Talaguit

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Doug Rogers

State Missionary Doug Rogers came to the State Board of Missions in 1999, where he serves as Director of Communications & Cooperative Program. In addition to coordinating the State Board’s overall communications efforts, he has direct responsibilities in video production and photography. He grew up in Park Avenue Baptist Church, Titusville, Fla., where he gained an early love of music through preschool and children’s choirs, then moved to First Baptist Church, Tallahassee, Fla., where he joined his first puppet team, opening a world of possibilities for outreach and ministry. It was there that he also developed a passion for media ministry, an area he has worked in for more than 35 years. Doug and his wife, Lori, are members of First Baptist Church, Montgomery. They have two daughters and a son.

Andrea Barnard has over 20 years of experience teaching music and a passion to see her students succeed. She holds degrees in vocal performance and education and has worked with preschool and elementary choirs, in both school and church settings.  She believes that the energy children bring to music is contagious! Catch the joy in her sessions by gaining practical tips, crafts, and games to unlock the hidden potential in your preschool choirs.

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Andrea Barnard