Like in first year, the first thing you’ll do in this stream is choose to focus your training around a key worship discipline – vocal / musical performance or song writing. Your choice of focus will determine your stream subjects for this year, like this:
Vocalist & Musicians Focus:
- Theology of Worship
- Worship and the Arts
- Techniques of Worship
- Analysis and Arrangement
- Performance Showcase
- Theology of Worship
- Worship and the Arts
- Songwriting Theory and Application
- Songwriting Analysis and Arrangement
- Performance Showcase (Songwriters)
Theology of Worship /Worship and the Arts Building on your first year Worship Leadership subjects, these subjects will continue to build your understanding of worship as it intersects with a number of key themes:
- Worship: Its Theology & Practice – A deeper look into the understanding of Biblical worship outworked through a life of worship, including worship music expression in the 21st century
- Worship & The Arts – An historical look into the history of worship and the arts, where you will learn the lessons from the past & how they can apply those into their leadership & artistic journey today
- Worship & Culture – Learn how to outwork worship, both artistically and culturally, in the 21st century across a variety of church and cultural expressions
- Worship & Creativity – Discover how to use and apply your God-given, unique creativity to reach today’s generations using timeless & relevant mediums
You will also develop a growing ability to analyse music, and as a result be able to communicate to others the workings and purpose of different musical and artistic creative presentations.
Techniques of Worship Leadership /Analysis and Arrangement For those whose focus is developing as a musician or a vocalist, these subjects take you through the practicalities of what it takes musically & artistically to function as a team leader in a Worship Music setting. We will practically look at how to lead worship, function as a music director, lead rehearsals, teach new songs and a range of other responsibilities that come with leading a worship team.
You will also grow in your understanding of music arrangement, engage in researching ideas for arrangement, workshop and arrange original works and learn how to constructively measure the success of your own arrangements.
Performance Showcase Also for those whose focus is developing as a musician or a vocalist, this subject gives you the opportunity to interactively use and develop your skills so that you can maintain control and deliver a confident ‘performance’ standard. The training you’ll receive includes:
- How to develop controlled, technical performance skills
- Methods to care for your voice or instrument
- Choosing appropriate warm-up exercises
- Developing of practice techniques
- Ways to expand repertoire
In this subject, you’ll also develop the skills required for performance and facilitating worship. As part of this subject, you and your peers will put those skills to work in a regular performance showcase. Here you’ll both participate in and analyse others, so that you all can continue to develop your stagecraft skills.
Songwriting Theory and Application /Songwriting Analysis and Arrangement For those whose focus is on developing as a songwriter, in these subjects you will learn about ways of expressing your ideas musically. Generating a range of musical ideas, experimenting with those ideas through discussions, workshops and creating final musical pieces will allow you to walk away with a sense of growth and development in your song-writing skills, as well as a portfolio of completed and workshopped songs.
You will also grow in your understanding of music arrangement, engage in researching ideas for arrangement, workshop and arrange your original works and learn how to constructively measure the success of your own arrangements.
In addition, you will also work on your aural skills, an essential tool in the songwriter’s toolkit. You’ll first identify your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to aural-perception. You will then develop your ability to communicate your musical ideas to singers and musicians using musical terminology and be equipped with skills that allow you to expand ways of hearing, creating and reproducing elements of music.
Performance Showcase (Songwriters) Also for those whose focus is on developing as a songwriter, in this subject you’ll develop the skills you’ll need to perform your original compositions, in either a performance or worship setting. As part of this subject, you and your peers will put those skills to work in a regular performance showcase. Here you’ll both participate in and analyse others, so that you all can continue to develop your stagecraft skills.
Please note: We do not provide individual vocal or instrument lessons. However, a number of Hillsong Creative team members teach private vocal or music lessons.