Music

About

​Communal worship is a focal point of our gathering together, and music provides ways in which we share our love for God, both through congregational singing and prepared pieces by our choir and instrumentalists. We worship at 9:00AM on the front plaza and 11:00AM  in our Sanctuary each Sunday morning, as well as in our Chapel at various times throughout the year.

Our traditional services are liturgical, honoring the beauty and majesty of worshiping God in the Sanctuary, but are also family-oriented and friendly. Our worship music is led by Becky Collins, Minister of Music, and Baxter Jennings (organist/pianist).

The Open Church, our outdoor, casual service is more relaxed. The atmosphere is friendly and open, the worship is more conversational. While we’ll still follow the church year with Christians around the world, we’ll do so in a way that is comfortable and open. This service is conversational and meant to help build Christian community in an authentic way.

Choirs & Ensembles

First Baptist Church has an adult choir that meets weekly and sings specially-prepared anthems for church services. Led by Becky Collins, Minister of Music, the choir brings beauty and meaning to each of our worship experiences. Do you sing? We’d love to have you join our choir!

Our music program also seeks out the musically talented for solos and smaller ensembles as well. FBC has a five-octave handbell set and is always seeking those who can read music to play our instruments.

Traditional Worship at First Baptist is gifted with not only a beautiful choir and an excellent organist/pianist, but we often invite guest instrumentalists to accompany our worship music. You will hear dulcimers, violins, oboes, flutes, and more in our services – all for the glory of God!

For The Open Church outdoor service, you’ll hear keyboard, solo and group singing, guitars, ukulele, percussion instruments, and much more! 

Psalm 150: 3-6

Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!

Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!

Praise him with clanging cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

First Music Academy

First Baptist’s Music Ministry, led by Minister of Music Becky Collins, wants children and youth to learn music as an art, a discipline, and a way of loving God and neighbor. Founded in 2020, the First Music Academy seeks to create space for this kind of growth and learning.

Mission Statement

First Music Academy of First Baptist Church Martinsville, Virginia exists to provide music instruction and mentorship in the context and safety of a Christian Community. Its goal is to inspire and equip students to become excellent musicians, outstanding thinkers and articulate advocates for music, for the sake of others, and in service to God’s Kingdom.

Purpose

To achieve its goal of inspiring students through music, First Music Academy immerses children and youth in the formative experience of making music and fostering creativity all under the mentorship of music professionals and scholars who are committed to the mission First Music Academy. To achieve its goal of equipping students, the First Music Academy provides one-on-one studio instruction with professional teachers, end-of-term recitals, and instrument-specific literature and pedagogy.

First Music Academy serves First Baptist Church of Martinsville Virginia, the FBC Early Learning Center, and the broader community by maintaining a safe and secure venue to interested and talented students and community members, and by offering high-quality recitals performed by our own musicians as well as by guest artists.

No matter the context, First Music Academy believes that the ultimate purpose of music is to honor God, and that the appropriate response to the experience of music is gratitude and adoration for the Creator, who is the source of every good and perfect gift.

First Music Academy

Classes & Lessons

The First Music Academy will be growing in the coming months, but beginning Fall 2020, the academy will offer:

MUSIC CLASSES FOR  PRE-K EARLY LEARNING CENTER CLASSES

PreK-3 Class will meet with Mrs. Becky at 9:15AM on Mondays to learn the elements of music (steady beat, matching pitches, movement, stage poise, camaraderie & how to sing and perform music as a group).

PreK-4 Class will meet with Mrs. Becky at 9:30AM on Mondays to learn the elements of music (steady beat, matching pitches, movement, stage poise, camaraderie & how to sing and perform music as a group).

MUSIC DURING CHAPEL TIME WITH PASTOR LIBBY AND MRS. BECKY

Along with our chapel time with Pastor Libby each Monday at 10:00AM, children will learn Bible story songs with Mrs. Becky. Children of all ages (toddlers through age 4) will learn to sing and perform movements to children’s Bible songs.

MUSIC CLASSES FOR OUR VIRTUAL LEARNING / AFTER SCHOOL SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN

Kindergarten-2nd Grade Music Class will meet with Mrs. Becky at 2:00PM on Mondays to learn the elements of music (steady beat, matching pitches, movement, stage poise, camaraderie & how to sing and perform music as a group), as well as beginning music theory (recognizing notes, pitches, interval training, solfege, and more).

3rd-5th Grade Music Class will meet with Mrs. Becky at 2:30PM on Mondays to learn the elements of music (steady beat, matching pitches, movement, stage poise, camaraderie & how to sing and perform music as a group), as well as beginning music theory (recognizing notes, pitches, interval training, solfege, and more).

PRIVATE PIANO LESSONS FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN

Registration Begins August 24th; Private Lessons begin September 10th

For all children who are able to read (or are learning and can recognize), private piano lessons will be offered by Mrs. Becky Collins on Thursday afternoons after virtual learning time. The cost for lessons is $15/half hour and there is a one-time registration fee of $25 to cover the cost of the needed piano book and to secure a spot in the lessons. Lessons are paid for monthly, and parents will contract for three months (12 weeks) of lessons. ELC students have first placement for lessons, and should there be interest from family members or friends, they will be scheduled separately.

In the future, First Music hopes to expand and offer other private music instruction, choral and group music lessons, and more! Come GROW with us at First Baptist’s First Music Academy!

Download, Print, and Fill out the First Music Academy Registration form by clicking the button below.

Pay for registration fees, lesson fees, and materials fees online by clicking the button below. Choose “First Music Academy” from the drop-down menu under “Fund.”*

*Note: ALL payments for First Music Academy must check the box to cover the online payment fee!

Minister of Music

Becky Collins

Becky Collins became FBC’s Minister of Music in January 2020.

Becky has many years of experience in music and ministry. Becky’s gifts for music are wide and varied, from private vocal and piano instruction, to church music ministry, to soprano soloist positions.

Becky holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Longwood University in Farmville, VA, and has completed graduate studies in church music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.

She has served churches as Minister/Director of Music, Hand Bell Choir director, Youth Director, Children’s & Youth Choir Director, Discipleship and Bible study teacher, soprano, and pianist. Becky is a long-time Baptist, but she has served churches of other traditions as well.​

Becky’s husband Rev. Joe Collins serves as a Chaplain with Good News Jail & Prison Ministry. They moved to Martinsville-Henry County in August 2019 for Joe’s position working with our local jails. Becky has served alongside Joe over the years, leading educational programs and choirs in prisons.

Becky hails from Bristol, VA, and she has lived in Nashville, Tennessee, Gulfport/Biloxi, Mississippi, Petersburg, VA, and now here in M-HC. Becky & Joe have one son, Carter, who is married to Allison, and  expecting their first child. They also have a labradoodle named Scout who brings them much joy!

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