Here's a list of our complete curriculum.
Music Theory / Ear Training I & II
Pitch. Rhythm. Scales. Intervals. Chords. Harmony.
If you're serious about music, and want to maximize your potential, these are fundamental concepts you need to understand and master. Students will study scales, modes, melody, phrase, cadence, intervals, primary and secondary chords, and inversions. Students will apply what they learn to their week to week leadership opportunities, making the theory as practical as possible. The course includes ear training, simple keyboard harmony, and basic chord charting. This two semester class will give you the foundation needed to become highly effective in worship ministry. The theoretical aspects will also be accompanied by the practical development of ear training.
The Greatest Story
Biblical Narrative Overview
The focus of this class will be around Zondervan’s The Story which is an abridged, chronological Bible that reads like a novel. There are no verse references, and Scripture segments are seamlessly woven together with transition text into a single grand narrative. The Story will help students understand God’s Word more fully and comprehend the overarching story line to better see how the parts of Scripture all fit together in a collective whole.
Living like Jesus / Loving like Jesus
So what does it mean to be a follower of Christ? Are you a passionate, devoted and replicating disciple of Jesus? Luke 6:40 says that when a student is fully trained he/she will become like the teacher. Scripture seems to point to three core expressions of following Jesus: to love God completely, love our neighbor compassionately, and to love others as Jesus loved. Themes will be explored in depth and will also be accompanied by specific skills like bible study, spiritual disciplines, and contemplative practices. Students will get a firm grasp of these concepts and key ways to help disciple others in this way.
From beginner to advanced, this course helps refine each student’s voice to effectively lead worship. Students will be given tools to improve their pitch, ability to sustain notes, range and general ease of production. Course content includes vocal technique, repertoire building, and performance practice. Each student will be in a safe and trusting environment to address their individual vocal issues in order to make a powerful impact within their ministries. They will learn both by observing others being taught as well as being personally instructed.
Students will meet one on one with the vocal instructor. These lessons will help the student gain confidence as a singer by giving them a rock solid technique to deliver wherever they are called. Students will be encouraged to not only find their unique voice but to celebrate it and emphasize its qualities. During the second semester, the student will have the option of continuing with private vocal lessons or taking lessons for an alternative instrument such as piano, guitar, etc.
Band LAB Experience
This course provides instruction for how to play effectively in a band, and lead a band or worship team. Students will acquire skills for rehearsing their own instruments as well as running efficient band rehearsals. This course covers how to communicate with a variety of musicians, and how to build, coordinate, and direct a musical team. Band Lab will expose students to a variety of musical styles and genres, and help students learn the fundamentals of arranging songs. Students will learn to sharpen essential performance skills and techniques and gain group-playing experience. Ensembles will be assembled depending on the size and makeup of the class. This course will also cover the fundamentals of live audio for a band.
Leadership is not a magical trait reserved for the super elite, but can be learned and developed. Learning to develop yourself and develop others is essential to your effectiveness in worship ministry, and your life. This course will provide the foundation for leadership development – the disciplines, principles, and practical tips. Students will not only have a personal plan for growth but will be able to lead others, build and develop teams, and overcome fear and insecurity in the process. A personal assessment for each student will be included. As part of the leadership course, students will have the opportunity to participate in WestGate leadership meetings, including teaching team meetings and weekend service preview meetings.
Personal Assessment for each student includes:
Spiritual Gifts Assessment
This course will provide a solid Biblical framework for worship, including worship definitions and expressions in both the Old and New Testaments. We see our worship as a response to God’s revelation, so this course will also delve into the attributes of God. Students will learn the major worship trends throughout church history as well as the current landscape, and be able to articulate their own philosophy of worship.
Art of Worship Leading I & II
This course provides the student with the essential “how to’s” of worship leading. We will cover elements such as song selection, choosing keys, creating flow in a set list, musical and thematic transitions, and how to effectively practice as well as rehearse.
Students will also learn the art of guiding or shepherding people through a worship encounter, including effective communication, prayer, scripture reading, and how to hear the prompts of the Holy Spirit and follow His lead. Included in this course will also be lessons on how to work effectively with your senior leadership.
This class will cover fundamentals of songwriting as well as delve into song forms and genres. Students will learn writing exercises to improve content, and help overcome writer’s block. Special attention will be given to worship songwriting, including a method for critique. Students will study which songs are connecting most effectively with churches around the world and why. Students will not only learn how to write their own song but also how to make sure their song is heard.
Small Group Experience
Students of Anthem will journey together as a community, meeting weekly for prayer, support, and processing how God may be speaking, leading, and growing them. This experience will be led by a seasoned worship leader who will encourage, challenge, and help them in their personal growth. We believe discipleship happens best in community, and so this weekly gathering is an essential element of each student’s development.