Go through this series with a worship team volunteer instructor.

Ever wanted to join a worship team but were either afraid of auditioning or felt like your musical skills didn't translate into joining the team? If so, this short crash course is for you!

Overview

The Worship Team Preparation Crash Course is designed for musicians and vocalists who want to be on the worship team, but do not know how to reach chord charts or learn music by ear or are simply intimidated by the musical preparedness they need to audition for a worship team. It is a four-week course completed with a volunteer worship team instructor and the Worship Team Article Series (below). This course is an optional supplement to those wishing to join a worship team in order to bolster their musical preparedness and seamless integration into the worship team but is also not a guarantee of placement on a worship team. Talk with a worship team intern at your campus for more information on being set up with a volunteer instructor for this course.

Location

The lessons will be taught at the church campus on Sunday after the services have been completed for the day.

Payment

This is a free course offered by volunteers of the worship team and / or interns in the worship internship program.

Safety

Group lessons and / or having other members present at the lesson are necessary to ensure comfortability of the student and safety of all involved.

Additional Information

Check out these resources if you are wondering more about your specific role in the internship program:

WORSHIP TEAM CRASH COURSE Intern’s Guide

WORSHIP TEAM CRASH COURSE Tips for Teachers

WORSHIP TEAM CRASH COURSE Student Requirements

 

Lessons Covered

For each lesson topic below, read the article for that week before the music lesson with your teacher to discuss further during the lesson. The musical focuses and weekly assignment are listed under each topic.

 

Lesson Topic #1


Basic Music Terms

Have you ever wondered if you know enough about music to participate on a worship team? We are going to look at basic music terms that will be helpful to know while participating on a worship team.

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Musical Focuses: Student plays scales in appropriate key while the teacher plays chords on their instrument. Assignments Musicians and vocalists plays or sings scales to the song “This Is Our God” in two different keys.

This Is Our God

© 2008 Hillsong Music Publishing

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Drummers and percussionists play along with the song “You Have Won Me”, focusing on playing in this order of priority: 1) Tempo 2) Drum parts 3) Fills and flare. This week, try focusing primarily on tempo.

You Have Won Me

© 2011 Bethel Music Publishing

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Lesson Topic #2


Performing vs. Worship Leading

In this video, Paul Baloche explores the differences between getting up on the stage to perform and getting up on the stage to lead worship.

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Musical Focuses: The teacher introduces the student to chord charts. Assignments Musicians and vocalists play the chords to “This Is Our God” while experimenting with playing the solo parts by ear.

This Is Our God

© 2008 Hillsong Music Publishing

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Drummers and percussionists play along with the song “You Have Won Me”, focusing on playing in this order of priority: 1) Tempo 2) Drum parts 3) Fills and flare. Try focusing more #2 – Drum Parts this week.

You Have Won Me

© 2011 Bethel Music Publishing

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Lesson Topic #3


Keeping the Focus in Worship

What happens during those times in worship where you are giving it your best, yet people around you just don’t seem to want to enter into worship? These principles will help you to keep the most important things first as you first lead yourself in worship before leading others.

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Musical Focuses: The teacher evaluates the student on their ability to play solos by ear. Continue teaching on chord charts. Assignments Same assignment as week 2 for musicians and vocalists — just work on honing this skill and try it now with a new song, “You Have Won Me.” If student is ready for another song to work on this skill, this can be a good next step for students who are growing quickly. Try branching into learning harmonies if you learn the first skill quickly.

You Have Won Me

© 2011 Bethel Music Publishing

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Drummers and percussionists work on honing this skill, this time starting with focusing on the drum parts of a new song, “This Is Our God.”

This Is Our God

© 2008 Hillsong Music Publishing

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Lesson Topic #4


Leading Yourself in a Life of Worship

In order to lead others in worship, we must first lead ourself. This is much bigger than we might think, for it touches every area of our life!

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Musical Focuses: Wrapping up and refining all of the lessons above and focusing on any needed areas. Assignments Vocalists try focusing more on learning harmonies (parallel melodies) to “You Have Won Me” or the songs already learned.

You Have Won Me

© 2011 Bethel Music Publishing

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Drummers and percussionists try working more on adding some fills and flare (step #3 for things to focus on) for “This Is Our God” or the other songs they have already learned.

This Is Our God

© 2008 Hillsong Music Publishing

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Students practice these two songs until given songs for audition.
Congratulations! You have now completed the Worship Team Preparation Crash Course. Now you can get in touch with the campus intern to schedule your audition. If you have additional questions about the course, you might