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Worship Music

Worship Music Stream

The Worship Music stream is designed to develop the heartbeat and creativity of a God-centred worshipper and creative innovator. Your course is structured to equip you for authentic ministry environments. 

FOCUS YOUR TRAINING

Within our stream, there are three focuses that we have developed in order to equip you for the specific area of worship ministry you feel called to. These focuses, are Vocals, Musicians, and Song Writing.

Vocal Focus: The Vocal Focus aims at preparing those who wish to minister through singing with professional technique, performance experience, and spiritual maturity. This involves equipping vocalists with the relevant and practical theory, technique, and stagecraft skills so that they are well able to not only display their abilities competently but also confidently lead others in doing so.  

Musician Focus: The Musician Focus aims at preparing those who wish to minister through their instrument with professional technique, performance experience, and spiritual maturity. This involves equipping instrumentalists with the relevant and practical theory, technique, and stagecraft skills so that they are well able to not only display their abilities competently but also confidently lead others in doing so.

Song Writing Focus: The Song Writing Focus aims at preparing those who wish to minister through song with a well-rounded knowledge of the craft, performance experience, and industry standard techniques and methods. This involves everything from developing a potential idea to recording an album to marketing that album to a particular audience.  

 

TRAINING FORMATS

The Worship Music Stream is delivered through a range of training formats:

  • Lectures: combined student classes.
  • Workshops: groups of 25 students in practical / skill-based training.
  • Tutorials: groups of 25 students where students expand what has been learned in lectures and workshops.
  • Performances: opportunities to collaborate and showcase our compositions and musical development.

All of these delivery formats will, from time-to-time, involve key members of Hillsong Church’s Creative team. This will give you the opportunity to learn from, present to and receive feedback from pivotal people in our Worship world. There will also be many opportunities for students to use their skills to the creative life of Hillsong Church and the College.

This specialisation is available for the 1st year and 2nd-year ministry training levels.  You can also focus your 3rd year of ministry training around Worship Music through elective choices.

1st Year - Core Subjects

 If you’re going to serve Jesus, there are some things you just have to know. Core Subjects are done by all students and build a foundation of the Bible, doctrine personal leadership and ministry teamwork that can be applied in a wide range of life and ministry settings.

New Testament Introduction The books, themes and events of the New Testament in their cultural and historical context are introduced along with their application and relevance today.

Old Testament Introduction The books, themes and events of the Old Testament in their cultural and historical context are introduced along with their application and relevance today.

Christian Doctrine This subject identifies and explores a number of the major doctrines of the Bible, with the goal of building a solid foundation of truth for Christian life and ministry.

Spirit-Filled Living The person and work of the Holy Spirit is introduced including an investigation of the baptism in the Spirit, spiritual gifts and ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Personal Leadership This subject introduces principles of spiritual leadership and is designed to assist the student in building godly character into their life as a Christian leader, both spiritually and practically. It covers critical issues including, integrity, core values, healthy living, relationships and finance.

Personal Evangelism This subject is customised to equip students with the skills and understanding to effectively share the Gospel in a wide range of settings, from a personal relationship to the public sphere.

Teamwork This subject trains the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to work successfully in a team setting.

Communication in Ministry This subject trains the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to successfully communicate in ministry settings.

Church and Ministry A wide range of aspects of church ministry and culture are introduced from a biblical basis including how we make church relevant today.

1st Year - Stream Subjects

The first thing you’ll do in this stream is to choose to focus on one of the following musical disciplines – vocals, musician or songwriting. Your choice of focus will determine your stream subjects for this year, like this:
    • Vocal Focus: – The Worship Team 1 & 2 – Music Theory and Application 1 & 2 – Vocal Team Workshop 1 & 2
    • Musicians Focus: – The Worship Team 1 & 2 – Music Theory and Application 1 & 2 – Musicians Workshop 1 & 2
    • Songwriters Focus: – The Worship Team 1 & 2 – Music Theory and Application 1 & 2 – Songwriters Workshop 1 & 2
    • The Worship Team 1 & 2 These two subjects bring you, as a new Worship Music student, into the heart & ethos that has built the Hillsong Creative team and its creative expression. We do this by teaching & training you in the theology of Worship, musical, artistic & leadership communication, and music excellence in a contemporary band-based worship environment.
    • Musical Theory and Application 1 & 2 For the Musicians and Vocalists focus, this subject will equip you with an understanding of how music works. We will examine the language & notation of music and its application in various worship music settings. Delivery is catered toward students with a beginner or intermediate level of theoretical knowledge.
    • Songwriting Fundamentals 1 & 2 This subject, which is for the Songwriters focus only, takes the concepts from Musical Application and tailors it specifically to songwriters, focusing on the foundations of songwriting and dealing with key concepts and how they relate to those who write songs.
  • Music Development Workshops In the Worship Music stream you have the opportunity to choose to focus your training as a musician in a band, a vocalist or a songwriter, through weekly practical workshops.
    • Musicians Workshop 1 & 2
    • Vocalists Workshop 1 & 2
    • Songwriters Workshop 1 & 2

    (If you are already advanced in music theory you are able to apply for recognition of your prior learning. You then have the opportunity move on to other creative opportunities in the church or College life). 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.

2nd Year - Core Subjects

In order to take your core studies further, these subjects will also strengthen your understanding of the Bible and theology, while adding vital leadership skills to your ministry toolkit, so you can start empowering others to make a difference.

Old Testament Studies An in-depth look at key texts in the Old Testament, focusing on Exodus and Psalms, analysing and interpreting significant themes and applying them to a contemporary ministry. This subject builds upon the bible study skills you developed in the first year by acquiring basic exegetical skills appropriate for reading Old Testament texts accurately. (40 hours )

New Testament Studies An in-depth look at key books and genres in the New Testament, focusing on Paul’s letter to the Romans and The Gospel of Luke. It will delve more deeply into the cultural and historical settings of both books as it helps you cultivate some early exegetical skills that you can apply to the close study of other books of the New Testament. It will also help you analyse how you might apply these texts to contemporary Christian life and ministry. (40 hours )

Pastoral Care: This subject equips the student with the skills necessary to identify and effectively deal with pastoral care issues that arise in a ministry setting. These topics include identifying issues, effective consultation and referral, an overview of key pastoral issues, such as grief and loss, relational issues and crisis care. It will also help you think through the biblical and theological dimensions of caring for people so that you can grapple with many of the difficult issues that come up in pastoral ministry. (32 hours)

Theology: This subject builds on the concepts and skills you developed in Christian Doctrine and Church History in your first year. It discusses and develops major theological concepts, seeing how they developed through church history, and explores the diversity of theological viewpoints across a range of Christian traditions. The strengths and weaknesses of different positions will be assessed, along with their implications for life and ministry in a modern-day church setting. (40 hours)

Team Leadership: One of the steps up into your second year is the level of leadership responsibility you will be trained to carry. In this subject, you will be equipped with the understanding and diverse skills you need to lead and build teams in a ministry environment. It will help you build your capacity to recruit people to your team, build a great team atmosphere, manage your team to meet challenging ministry goals, and develop the people in your team to fulfil their God-given potential. (40 hours + 170 hours practicum

Leadership Development: This subject combines with Team Leadership to give you a well-rounded understanding of leadership, and your pathways forward as you develop as a leader. In particular, this subject focusses on a range of leadership theories, from the academic and business worlds, and explores their implications and application to Christian ministry and leadership. In the process, you will be enabled to think about your leadership style, practice and potential, so that you can map out your leadership development trajectory. (40 hours + 70 hours practicum )

Ministry Safety Focussing on one of the key responsibilities of modern ministry leaders, this subject equips you with the skills and information you need to assess and maintain safety in a ministry environment.Topics include managing risk, dealing with emergencies and Health and Safety policies and procedures. (8 hours )

2nd Year - Stream Subjects

Like in the first year, the first thing you’ll do in this stream is chosen 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

Songwriters Focus: – 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 – A historical look at 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.

3rd Year

Core Subjects

 

    • Advanced Practicum 1 & 2: These are the subjects behind your Practicum. As you work alongside an experienced church leader and immerse yourself in the week-to-week running of a church department or ministry, you will learn what it really takes to make ministry work. You will be involved in the development of new ministry initiatives and gain experience managing ministry and exert influence in a ministry team environment. This development is guided by key members of the College faculty through regular coaching sessions.

 

Elective Subjects

You will choose eight elective subjects in your 3rd year.*

 

    • Apologetics: With the recent rise in pluralism and militant atheism, as Christian leaders, we are often required to give a reasoned defence of our Christian faith. This subject gives you the background knowledge and arguing skills you’ll need to present the case for Jesus Christ in this post-modern world. You will develop an understanding of and a response to the key arguments used to challenge the Christian Gospel.

 

    • Corinthian Correspondence: Paul’s two letters to the Corinthians provide an ideal opportunity for in-depth study of a new testament book in its historical, cultural and social setting. This subject will fill-out your awareness of the background to the early church in the first-century Greco-Roman world, and further develop your NT exegetical skills. You will also explore more deeply the process of applying the NT text into a modern day church setting.

 

  • Prophetic Literature: The prophetic books of the Old Testament give a unique insight into God’s relationship with ancient Israel. Bringing together Israelite history, Jewish poetry, and Old Testament theology, this subject will help you grapple with the message of these profound and challenging books. Whilst developing your OT exegetical skills, you will also think through the process of applying the OT prophetic message to the modern world.

 

    • Managing Leaders: At higher levels of leadership, much of your time will be spent developing and managing other leaders. This subject will take you through the principles, practices and disciplines of those who excel in leading and managing teams of leaders. Content and skills will be drawn from both the ministry and business worlds.

 

    • Leading Organisations: As a senior leader one of your key roles is to develop vision and strategy for your church or ministry department, communicating it powerfully to your team and directing its effective implementation. This subject will take you through the strategic planning process, equipping you with the tools you need to prayerfully develop a sense of God’s direction for your church or ministry, and the pathway to get there. You will also develop the strategic management skills and disciplines you’ll need to steer your leadership team.

 

    • Contemporary Theologies: Theology is a continually evolving discipline, with new trends and ideas regularly gaining the limelight in Christian teaching, writing or ministry. This subject equips you for the challenging task of engaging with and analysing key, modern-day theological concepts and their impact on church life and on popular Christian thinking.

 

    • Building Creative Leaders:  This subject is for anyone passionate about learning to lead, come alongside & bring the best out of artistic people. In this class, we specifically focus on discovering the personhood challenges the artistic people on our teams face and how they shape them as people and minsters. We’ll also explore how artistic people tend to face unique issues in life, what these issues are and how they can become the people who can release their incredible gift to the world, whilst living a strong, consistent life for the long-haul.

 

    • Creative Director: These subjects are for those people who are committed to producing high-level creative presentations for the building of their local church services and events. They will equip you with the understanding and skills you’ll need to produce the creative elements of an event (story-telling, concept development, music, video, dance). You will also develop and an understanding of the necessary technical elements (sound, lighting) plus a growing knowledge of the management skills needed to oversee such events and presentations.

 

    • **Advanced Song Writing: In this subject, you will further extend what you have learned in your first and second-year songwriting subjects. You will investigate and experiment with various writing components and music materials for the betterment of your writing; giving you the ability to fine-tune, rewrite and evaluate your songs on the way to professional industry standard.  **You must have already completed the Song Writing focus in either Year 1 or Year 2 as a prerequisite.

 

  • Training Skills: One of the things leaders regularly do in ministry is train people. It is one of the key ways they multiply their influence and expand ministry. This subject gives you the practical skills you need to plan and deliver group-based learning. It also teaches you how to assess people’s acquisition of skills and to evaluate the effectiveness of the training you conduct.

 

  • Global Ministry and Culture: We increasingly minister in a multi-cultural yet globalised world. This subject introduces you to anthropology and its use in developing inter-cultural communication strategies for reaching various people- and sub-cultural groups through mission work.

 

    • Platform Ministry: This subject practically equips the student to lead a service and deliver some of the key elements, such as communion, baptisms, altar calls and offering messages. Students will also learn to conduct weddings, baby dedications and funerals.

 

 *Please note that elective availability is affected by timetable and requires a minimum number of students to run.