CORE CLASSES

Core classes are designed to benefit those who desire to participate in any way in worship leading or Christian music. A biblical approach to worship is given emphasis while practical matters of theory, ear training, production, songwriting, and more are studied. The 3rd semester consists entirely of labs where students can choose to pursue courses suited directly to their own musical gifting and calling. Offerings of vocal lessons, instrument lessons, and various internships provide a foundation for worship leaders, Christian artists, and engineers and producers to gain the necessary skills to pursue ministry in their field. 

 

First Trimester (12 units)

Music and the Bible I (3)

This course is the introductory course for all students entering the Worship Arts Certification. Course explores the deep connection between worship and theology and advances a theology of worship that is thoroughly Biblical. This course will examine several Biblical passages that deal explicitly with worship. 

Practical Music Theory (3)

This is a beginning course in the fundamentals of music notation and theory. The student will develop a literacy of the basic elements of music while being trained to both read and write music.  Students will also learn the art of music production in both live and tracking environments.

Band Dynamics & Improvisation (3)

This course will focus on the facilitation of a proper band dynamics including concepts of leadership and communication in a worship band and collaboration in the artistic, musical, and theological aspects of worship. It will also cover topics related to band rehearsal and band performance including leadership and supporting roles in the worship service. We will discuss improvisation as an essential in the band dynamics in a worship environment. 

Ear Training, Vocal Development & Notation (3)

The ear-training portion of this course focuses on developing the student’s ability to recognize pitch, intervals, chords, and rhythms. The vocal development portion of the course takes into account these ear-training concepts and teaches the students to implement them into their singing. This portion of the course also focuses on the development of vocal technique on an individual student basis and will focus on pitch, tone, and dictation abilities. 

 

Second Trimester (12 units)

Music and the Bible II (3)

The ear-training portion of this course focuses on developing the student’s ability to recognize pitch, intervals, chords, and rhythms. The vocal development portion of the course takes into account these ear-training concepts and teaches the students to implement them into their singing. This portion of the course also focuses on the development of vocal technique on an individual student basis and will focus on pitch, tone, and dictation abilities. 

Live Production and Media (3)

This course will explore the concept of live production of worship music. It will prepare students to be familiar with the basics of live sound, lightning techniques, and more. It will also include the topic of media in worship including computer software and web-based tools. 

Studio Dynamics and Technique (3)

This course focuses on the particulars of worship music in the recording studio environment. Basic procedure and etiquette in the studio will be covered. The concept of pre-production will be presented as a necessity for effective use of valuable studio time. Particulars of music techniques unique to the studio environment will be discussed. 

Songwriting and Arranging (3)

This course will cover the topic of songwriting particular to the requirements of worship music. A focus on lyrical and theological content with accountability to the Bible will be taken. We will look at arranging as the next step in the songwriting process and as a necessity for effective communication in a worship music environment. 

 

Electives

Third Trimester (8 units)

Internship (4)

Students can intern in a local church's music ministry, in a professional recording studio, or as an artist development agent working on branding and media creation. 

Labs (4 credits required) 

Vocal Lessons (2) 

Primary Instrument Lessons (2)

Secondary Instrument Lessons (2)

Social Media/Web Marketing (2) 

Recording (2)