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Streams

 

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Songwriting

Students will be coached through a highly experiential process of crafting songs, beginning with seeking revelation, building upon song concepts and ideas, mastering lyrical and melodic devices, to refining and delivering a song. Expect an environment of freedom and creativity where you will be challenged beyond your boundaries as a songwriter.

Highlights:

  • Learn the elements of a good song (song structure and concepts, lyrical content, melody and rhythm, chord progressions and genres)

  • Be challenged with exploratory lyrical and musical exercises to hone your songwriting gift

  • Opportunities to co-write with other songwriters and collaborate with musicians to broaden musical perspectives

  • Hear and be inspired by various songwriters on their personal creative process

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Vocals

Students will be coached through an engaging and stimulating process of understanding vocal production and discovering the best placement for their sound, all in all building your confidence and musical expression to lead in worship and to deliver vocal presentations. Expect a journey of self-discovery to overcome inhibitions to access your full potential in finding and owning your instrument.

Highlights:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of vocal production (vocal anatomy, head/chest/mix voice, breath support, and more)

  • Learn how to develop your vocal range and strength, and identify and manage vocal breaks

  • Explore song interpretation and develop a repertoire of expression tools for your vocal style

  • Opportunities to practice worship leading/vocal presentations in a safe environment

 
 

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Keyboards

Students will immerse themselves in an enriching practical workshop where you will be strengthened in your foundational technique and theory, and given tools to add colour and vibrancy to your playing, in turn enhancing the worship/band experience. Expect to grow not only in your musicianship, but also in understanding of your role as a worship leader on your instrument.

Highlights:

  • Understand basic music theory as the foundation for improving technical ability

  • Develop a greater understanding of the role of your instrument in different contexts

  • Explore various technical tools (constructing chords/extensions/substitutions, transposing keys, ear training, acoustic/electric soundscapes, basic song arrangement and more)

  • Opportunities to collaborate with other streams on band dynamics and playing in a band

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Guitar

Students will immerse themselves in an enriching practical workshop where you will be strengthened in your foundational technique and theory, and given tools to add colour and vibrancy to your playing, in turn enhancing the worship/band experience. Expect to grow not only in your musicianship, but also in understanding of your role as a worship leader on your instrument.

Highlights:

  • Understand basic music theory as the foundation for improving technical ability

  • Develop a greater understanding of the role of your instrument in different contexts

  • Explore various technical tools (constructing chords/extensions/substitutions, transposing keys, ear training, acoustic/electric soundscapes, basic song arrangement and more)

  • Opportunities to collaborate with other streams on band dynamics and playing in a band

 
 

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Bass

Similar to the other instrument streams, students will also be engaged in practical sessions while being strengthened in foundational technique and theory. Aspiring bassists will also be taught the fundamentals of groove and harmony – two essentials to mastering bass guitar – & will learn how to anchor other musicians in a worship band setting.

Highlights:

  • Understand basic music theory as the foundation for improving technical ability

  • Develop a greater understanding of the role of your instrument in different contexts

  • Explore various technical tools (constructing chords, coming up with bass grooves, basic song arrangement & more)

  • Opportunities to collaborate with other streams on band dynamics and playing in a band

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Drums

Students can expect a mixture of analytical and practical lessons designed to bring greater awareness to the spectrum of the roles a worship drummer fulfills, marrying the technical with the heart of worship. You will be given handles on how to be intentional and musical in your playing, and how to grow in creativity on the drum set, in a wide range of worship situations.

Highlights:

  • Understand basic music theory and rhythm, so as to sharpen your technical abilities

  • Analyse and understand the elements of groove and dynamics on the drum set

  • Build a ‘toolbox’ of principles and techniques, for a wide range of worship drumming applications

  • Opportunities to collaborate with students from other streams in a safe, nurturing environment

 
 

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Sound

Students will immerse themselves in a practical course focusing on building your technical ability and training your ears to achieve an effective sound unique to your church. Students can expect to grow in their understanding of how the effective use of a technical area like sound can greatly affect, build, and enhance the atmosphere of worship.

Highlights:

  • Understand theoretical foundations of live sound

  • Frequent practical sessions to apply what you’ve learnt

  • Exposure to different sound setups in various churches

  • Opportunities to support and learn during Awaken Generation’s live events

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Dance

Students will catch the heart of worship through the sharing of kingdom values and the use of worship dance. Understand how to invite His presence using dance and what it means to be a carrier of God’s presence. Explore movement through dance improvisation and learn how to minister through movement effectively. Dancers will understand their bodies better and be coached through an intensive process of developing their technical ability.

Highlights:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of using dance to worship God and what it means to minister through worship dance, intercessory dance, and prophetic dance.

  • Understanding the significance of worshipping with flags and dance cloth.

  • Understanding the role of a dance minister and ministry and how to partner with the worship team effectively.

  • Explore the improvisation and the use of choreographic tools to create beautiful and meaningful dance pieces.