No, you do not need to be a musician to be on the Discipleship Track and Music Production Track. Students applying for the Music Track do need to have a background in music, ideally at an intermediate level of proficiency.
Yes, but only for the Music Track. Because Music Track students are involved in worship teams and various ensemble classes right away, they need to be at an intermediate level of proficiency on their major instrument.
The base tuition is $7,000. Payment plans are also available for an additional administrative fee. Tuition does not include housing or any additional living expenses. Learn more.
Students are offered housing with host families through Living Light Christian Church. This housing costs $350.00 a month, which includes rent, food, and utilities. This housing is not required; students are welcome to look for housing on their own. However, we encourage students to stay with people connected with Living Light Christian Church. We believe this can be of huge benefit both for the students and to the hosts. ($350.00 per month is very reasonable and would be hard to match anywhere else.) Learn more at http://schoolofworship.us/housing-and-tuition/
Books are included in the tuition fee for all students. For students in the Music Track, any additional materials required by the private instructor are not included and students will have to purchase those separately. Students studying guitar, bass, strings, woodwinds and brass must provide their own instruments. The school will provide drums, keyboards and amplifiers. For individual study, we recommend that students bring any necessary practice amps, drum pads or practice keyboards.
Lunch is provided at the School three days each week at no additional cost. We try to meet dietary requirements of students where we can. Hosts will provide breakfast and dinner for the students staying with them. Students can bring a lunch in from their host’s home on Thursdays and Fridays.
While we don’t offer any kind of financial aid, students can apply for one of our scholarships or work study programs to help offset the cost. We also suggest asking people to sponsor you from your home church. Many students in the past have had a lot of success with individuals supporting them financially on a regular basis. Some students also take out loans to help cover their tuition.
Please see our Academic Calendar for current dates. Our orientation and kick-off party take place the Saturday preceding the start of the school year, which is always the Monday after Labor Day.
Yes. Some students need to work to cover living expenses during the program. We recommend a maximum of 20-25 hours per week. Because of the intense study and homework load, we discourage the students from working more than this. We believe that in order to get the most value, students need to dedicate as much time as possible to the program and to course work.
Each day starts at 8 AM with approximately 45 minutes of corporate worship. Core classes follow until a 45-minute lunch break at 11:45am. In the afternoon, the students attend classes within their track until 3:30pm (Monday through Thursday only). Friday classes end at 11:45am, with most private lessons being held in the afternoon. Students are also required to attend a midweek homegroup meeting and Sunday morning church meetings.
Approximately 15-30 students per school year. Our small class size ensures strong relationships and discipleship, as well as focused musical training.
All students completing the 9-month program receive a Certificate of Worship Arts at graduation. In order to tailor our curriculum to our mission and values, without having to satisfy outside criteria, LLSOW has chosen to not be an accredited school. We have found that the musical training students receive through the Music Track is beneficial for furthering musical education at any level.
Yes! Where possible, we prefer all who are interested in attending LLSOW come and visit the School of Worship and attend a church meeting. This allows prospective students to see first-hand what we do and how we outwork our vision as a school and church. A great time to come and visit is during one of our open houses that we offer throughout the year, however, we can make other arrangements if these dates don’t work for you.
Following acceptance, we will send you the appropriate paperwork for an M1visa. Students are responsible for contacting their embassy to set up an appointment. We will work with you every step of the way in this process.
Yes. We generally require a high school diploma or G.E.D. to be accepted to onto the program.
LLSOW is fully integrated in the life of the local church, Living Light Christian Church, which is a non-denominational, charismatic church. Please visit livinglightchurch.com to learn more about our doctrine and practice.
Most of our students are between the ages of 18 and 25, but we often have older students as well. While most have been single, we have also had married couples do the program. We believe that a mix of younger and older students is beneficial to a balanced classroom environment, and to discipleship and growth.
We use American popular music as our main basis for teaching much of our ensemble work and worship team practices. However, most instructors are trained in the European/Classical model and are proficient to teach in styles as diverse as Jazz, Classical, Gospel, and World music. We wholeheartedly believe in the importance of being fluent in different styles of music.