Our Course Curriculum:
Module 1: Accompanying
Brush up on some choral accompanying basics like playing warm-ups, reading open score, and providing support for singing/knowing when to drop out. Then, learn about the ins and outs of accompanying in worship - from learning how to cadence to playing for communion to playing "traveling music."
Module 2: Creative Musicianship
In Module 2, you'll learn about creative hymn-playing and creativity in worship, including introductions, learning how and when to breathe (for cues), providing support for congregational singing, and creating your own harmonizations, modulations, and transitions.
Module 3: Contemporary Music Skills
In this module, you'll learn how to play contemporary music and accompany in contemporary worship. Topics include playing chords, how to read lead sheets and chord charts, how to harmonize a melody, creating flow, playing with a band, underscoring prayers and readings, and how to introduce contemporary music/teach a new song to your congregation.
Module 4: Planning & Preparing
This final module is devoted to planning and preparing for worship: choosing service music (prelude/postlude, offertory, responses, etc.), choral music (anthem, introit, responses, etc.), and transition music; preparing for rehearsals, practicing, and a few practical things like what to include in the bulletin.