Being a leader in the worship arts is so much more than knowing the latest worship song or technology. The Grace College Worship Arts Program is designed to equip students to follow God’s call on their lives in the areas worship and musical leadership, audio and visual technology, and theatre arts. Our passion is to give students the vision and skills to think theologically, to be equipped in their worship arts specialty, and to have the ability to effectively lead others. Students will acquire skills for diverse musical styles and expressions used in a variety of modern worship settings. They will explore the ways in which audio/visual technology is utilized in today’s churches, recording studios, and schools. Along with worship theology, music theory, instrumental, and vocal training, students will acquire an understanding of the relational dynamics of a team, along with the necessary leadership skills.
Worship Arts students will gain hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art Pro Tools HD studio, learning skills in audio engineering, recording, producing, and live sound, that will allow them to produce music for web, TV, film, and radio. Whether using software such as Ableton, Omnisphere, Pro Tools, and Finale in the MIDI Lab or rehearsing with other students on instruments such as Nord keys and Risen drums, students in the Worship Arts program at Grace College will be using the latest gear to prepare for worship ministry in a rapidly changing technological culture.
All incoming and transfer students must audition either on campus or through video.
Examples of courses in this major:
Designed to give the musical worship leader a basic knowledge of music fundamentals. A balance between traditional and contemporary music will be used. Aural training and keyboard basics will also be introduced. Focus will include basic music notation, scales, tonality, keys/modes, intervals, and chords. Prerequisite: placement or permission of instructor or program director. Three hours.
Provides students with the tools and hands-on experience necessary for producing professional MIDI projects, audio tracks, and visual recordings. Introduction to multi-track recording, recording studios, and the technology involved in mixing and processing sound. Live event to take place within worship environment. Prerequisites: WMU 2600 and WMU 3100. Three hours (1 APL).
Introduction to the technological resources basic to work in the Worship Arts environment, including: lighting, audio, and video. Includes hands-on experience with MIDI and sequencing, music notation programs, desktop publishing, digital sound formats, as well as basic lighting design and video shooting/editing. Prerequisites: WMU 2600 and WMU 3100. Three hours.
This course is a study of the biblical and theological aspects of worship. A wide spectrum of Christian traditions will be studies as well as the relationship of personal to corporate worship. Emphasis will be given to understanding how the patterns of worship found in the Bible affect every aspect of the worship service. Three hours.
Students apply knowledge gained from Theory I and II, learning different approaches to using scales to improvise over chord progressions. There will be a focus on blues and jazz styles, as well as contemporary music. Students will learn to transcribe solos from recordings. Prerequisites: WMU 2600, WMU 3100, and WMU 4100. Three hours.
This course is an introduction to audio and video production.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.M. University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; M.A. Ethnomusicology - Liberty University; DWS Worship Studies – Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.
In addition to his academic accomplishments, Wally Brath has been a worship pastor in churches such as Willow Creek Community Church (Chicago, IL) and Bethlehem Baptist Church (Minneapolis, MN) for 24 yrs. He has experience in church planting in the U. S. and teaching overseas. Wally is blessed to be married to Shana Brath. They have three children; Graydon, Karissa, and Levi.
B.A. in Music – Grace College; M.A. Piano Pedagogy – Webster University.
Bethany has maintained a private music studio for the past 10 years, teaching piano, voice, and theory, as well as teaching through the Community Music School of St. Louis and the Grace Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA) in Winona Lake. While at Webster University, she was the Graduate Assistant in Music Theory. She also was the Contemporary Service Worship Leader for Highland Community Church (Highland, IL), as well as the choral accompanist and assistant at Highland High School (Highland, IL). She remains active as an accompanist, teacher, church choir director, and worship leader in the Bremen area. She is the Lead Pastor's wife at Community Gospel Church in Bremen, IN.
B.A. Music – Grace College; M.A. Music Performance – Ball State University.
Terry has been a high school band director for 31 years. He is an active drummer, playing for local big bands, orchestra’s, concert bands, civic theatres, vocal jazz ensembles, various church groups, etc. He has also been active as a consultant, drum-line instructor, and adjudicator for ISSMA. His other passion is karate in which he holds a 2nd degree black belt in Shorin-Ryu karate and is an instructor at Saud Karate & Judo Schools.
B.A. in Music Education – Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne; M.A. Guitar Performance - Indiana University South Bend.
While at IUSB, Scott was a Music Talent Scholarship recipient and his composition “Serendipitango” (for Flute, Violin, Guitar, and Cello) was premiered at IUSB’s New Music Ensemble Concert in April 2012. While at IPFW, Scott was chosen as a winner in the IPFW Concerto and Aria Competition (2009), performing Vivaldi’s Concerto for Guitar in D, RV93 (all three movements) at the winner’s concert. His solo guitar piece, “Tanpura Suite” was premiered at IPFW in Spring 2011. Scott remains an active performer in many styles, including all types of popular music. As a composer, he continues to compose and arrange in a variety of styles. He is currently Worship Leader/Music Director at Warsaw Missionary Church in Warsaw, IN, a position he has held since June 2014.
Some of the positions you can obtain: