Academic Program

The School of Worship academic program is built with three main parts: a music major, musical core classes, and doctrinal core classes. The main curriculum includes 11 core music classes and 6 core doctrinal classes. Additionally, each student will have weekly private lessons for the major that they choose.

Majors

Bass

Study of scale and arpeggio applications, various techniques and styles, locking in with drums, chord chart reading, and bass line construction.

Drums

Study of snare drum rudiments, independence on the drum set, playing by ear, sight-reading, tuning, maintenance, and stylistic versatility.

Guitar

Study of various styles and techniques, chord voicing, music reading, transcribing, scales, modes, rhythm and lead playing, melodic phrasing, and ear training.

Keyboard

Study of technique and scales, stylistic variations, further development of reading skills, improvisational skills, ear training, transposition, and sampling and programming.

Strings / Woodwinds / Brass

Study of technique, scales, modes, sight reading, chord chart reading, tone production, various styles/techniques, ear training, and improvisation.

Voice

Study and application of technique to free the natural voice: proper breathing, tone production, freedom from tension, developing a flexible throat, and training the ear. Additional coaching will involve developing stylistic versatility.

Music Classes

Ear Training I & II

This class involves the study and application of rhythm reading, rhythmic dictation, interval singing, melodic sight singing, melodic dictation and transcription, chord type identification, chord progression dictation, and part-writing.

Keyboarding

The objective of this class is to aid the student in developing functional keyboard skills such as scales, chord and melody reading, transposition, and comprehension of basic keyboard theory (for those not majoring in keyboard).

Prophetic Worship

This class provides a forum for the practical outworking of spiritual gifts and for ministry in the power of the Spirit. Students will learn to move with an awareness of His leading and will mature in their ability to function prophetically in song, both vocally and instrumentally.

Song Arranging

In this class, students will explore how each role fits within a whole worship team and learn how to use their instruments to achieve the expression of the fuller song. This course is builds on Ear Training and Theory by providing the opportunity to put those lessons into practice through song arranging.

Theory I & II

This class consists of studies in pitch and rhythm notation, intervals, all major and minor scales, key signatures, modes, triads and seventh chords, extended chords, chord inversions, contemporary chord symbols, diatonic and non diatonic harmony, voice leading, and elements of structure. All concepts are presented in a contemporary music model with the goal of clear application and usage.

Song Writing

This class is dedicated to the exploration of Pop song structure and musical composition, combined with a study of melody, lyrics, form, and style. Students will write and co-write songs while using Finale music notation software. Practical application and workshops are always included in class times.

Worship Leading

Students will receive training under the guidance of experienced worship leaders. This opportunity will enable students to develop sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, while learning to respond as a worship leader to His direction. Other topics will include working with church leadership, developing a worship team, communicating vision and goals, and growing in confidence as a leader.

Worship Teams

This “hands-on” experience encompasses various aspects of functioning as a worship team. Practical elements include arrangement, improvisation, chord chart reading, transposition, and organizational skills. Students will also learn how to cooperate in ministering prophetically and how to mature in moving in spiritual gifts.

Doctrinal Classes

Bible Memorization

In this class, students learn the power, revelation, and fruitfulness of mediating on the Word day an night. We take time in class to memorize large portions of scripture as a way to keep God’s word hidden in our hearts.

Bible Overview

A systematic program covering both the Old and New Testaments. Individual reading and preparation prior to each lesson will form the basis for classroom teaching and discussion with an emphasis on understanding, establishing, and applying sound Biblical doctrine in life.

Character Development

A class focused on Godly character and lifestyle. Themes such as the fruit of the Holy Spirit, humility, integrity, and growing in personal intimacy with God will be covered.

Effective Evangelism

A study encouraging students to respond to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to “make disciples of all nations.” Our commitment is to teach and train all students in evangelism as a lifestyle and to see its clear and inextricable link with worship.

Exploration of Worship

A teaching and discussion series focused on various aspects of praise and worship. Topics will include: the power of praise, the lifestyle of a worshiper, cultivating your hunger for God, the presence of God, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

God's Lavish Grace

Few joys can be compared with the wonder of discovering God’s grace. Through this class, students are transformed as they explore various aspects of God’s amazing grace. Revelation on this subject brings many to freedom and empowerment in their walks with God.

Stewardship in Life

A practical issues class focused on time management, financial responsibility, personal relationships, career goals and ethics, and servant-hood.

Vision and Commitment

A foundation course that explores what Living Light Christian Church believes and how we outwork what we believe together. Subjects covered include the gospel, what it really means to know Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, the person and work of the Holy Spirit, growing in our relationship with God and with one another, God’s purpose for the church, and leadership and gifting in the church.

A Typical Weekly Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00 – 8:45 Worship Devotional Worship Worship Worship
9:00 – 9:50 Exploration of Worship Romans God’s Lavish Grace Personal Development Stewardship in Life
10:00 – 10:35 Worship Teams Romans God’s Lavish Grace Prophetic Worship New Testament Overview
10:45 – 11:40 Worship Teams Keyboarding 1 Exploration of Worship Prophetic Worship New Testament Overview
11:45 – 12:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:35 – 1:30 Bible Memorization Keyboarding 2 Song Arranging Breakouts Private Lessons
1:35 – 2:30 Ear Training 1 / Theory 1 Songwriting Worship Teams Ear Training 1 / Theory 1 Private Lessons
2:35 – 3:30 Ear Training 2 / Theory 2 Songwriting Worship Teams Ear Training 2 / Theory 2 Private Lessons

Hear from alumni

Musically, the School of Worship pushed me to areas that I thought where out of my reach. I felt myself being stretched and challenged to hear things I never could before, try things out of my comfort zone and flow musically well in the Spirit.

Kaitlyn SchleifBeach Park, IL., Class of ‘16