Masters School of Art

Christian Center for the Arts

WORSHIP ARTS - Class DESCRIPTION

INSTRUCTORS: Brent and Colleen Watts

LEVEL

Audition required; Age Requirements - 14 and up; Advanced instrument and/or vocal skills; prefer students who have had music lessons/formal musical training and/or are experienced in musical performance; prefer that the student has the ability to read chord charts and/or sheet music; the capability to be versatile in more than one instrument as well as the ability to harmonize vocally are also highly valued

POSSIBLE INSTRUMENTS: Piano/keyboard, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocal, percussion, mandolin, violin, cello, banjo, ukulele

OBJECTIVES

Skillfully bring God glory through personal and group development of vocal and instrumental expression. Students learn music fundamentals while gaining the experience of participating on a worship team.

 

  • Biblical concept of worship emphasized (study scripture together, pray together, analyze the lyrics of worship songs to gain understanding, growth, and a deeper love for Jesus)
  • Emphasis on the fact that musical talent is a gift from God and should be used to glorify, honor, and serve Him wholeheartedly with the intention of humbly bringing others into worship, praise, awe, gratitude, etc., of all of God’s holiness, perfection, goodness, and grace
  • Worship God as one with hearts, minds, hands, and voices
  • Love others, praise and make a joyful noise unto God, and learn the fundamentals of music while working together in a team setting

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

  • The following is a list of possible teaching points and ideas for the Worship Arts class:
  • Practice a set number of worship songs that will be played in the Revue at the end of the semester
  • End-of-the-semester revue offers the opportunity for corporate worship as the body of Christ (parents, teachers, and students coming together as one in worship of our almighty, sovereign God) where the focus is on Him and not us
  • Vocal technique training (posture, breathing, improving tone, improving pitch, increasing range and power/volume, enunciation/diction)
  • Ear Training for accuracy in pitch
  • Tips and suggestions on tuning instruments, dynamics, timing, and groove, all of which help musicians play music in a more unified manner
  • Work on blending vocally with other voices in the group
  • Improve harmony and melody skills (both individually and as a group; volume, support , blending, theory, tone, delivery, pitch, movement)
  • Work on playing instruments by ear and increasing improvisation skills
  • Improve instrumental technique and precision
  • Gain understanding of how all of the instruments should work together in a balanced way to create a full, cohesive sound
  • Apply and/or learn music theory whenever necessary
  • Practice with reading/editing/using chord charts and/or reading simple sheet music when playing and singing songs
  • Possibly combine with the Vocal Ensemble class on certain songs to create a fuller sound and to participate in a “choir experience” alongside a live worship band
  • Learn about and improve microphone technique
  • If opportunity allows itself, students may possibly learn about audio technical equipment and be involved in the sound equipment setup for practices and the revue
  • Students experience a “behind-the-scenes” look at being on or leading a worship team (what it takes to make it all come together from beginning to end); could possibly be considered a form of career-training in part, which may be helpful to students’ futures in music ministry; has the potential to create a passion/desire to serve God with their musical gifts in a ministry setting
  • Possibly teach students how to create PowerPoint slides for worship
  • Bonding and fellowshipping as both a team and as brothers and sisters in Christ both in-classroom and out-of-classroom (extra worship practices as well as fellowship time in our home or activities scheduled outside of school)