Musicademy worship training days for the whole worship team.
Each year we do a small number of “public” training days where we sell tickets to a day of worship training seminars. In addition, our team are available for bespoke training at your church. These focus on the practical skills of playing, singing and leading worship together as a team.
With the public training days each person attending buys a ticket and the day is open to anyone. With bespoke days, the host church pays a fee for the Musicademy team to attend and then invites it’s worship team to attend for free (and maybe shares the cost with other local churches). The bespoke days are very hands-on and are often for small worship teams of 10 to 20 people. The public days are up to 200 people and whilst classes like guitar, drums, vocals and orchestral instruments are very hands-on with people playing instruments, the style of classes such as band skills tends to be more lecture style with plenty of demonstration built in.
Bespoke training days just for your worship team
Most churches opt for just one or two trainers at a time, although we have taken a team of six to these events in the past. Typically the trainers are a multi-instrumentalist who works with the band and also a vocals coach who works with the singers. There are a wide range of workshops that we can deliver and normally we work up a day of content tailored exclusively to the needs of your team. Ideas include:
- Singing basics – breathing, warm-ups, improving tone, range and power
- Harmony skills
- Choir skills
- Practical worship leading
- Band skills – it’s very easy to spend an entire day working on band dynamics and improving the musicianship of the whole team
- Master classes for guitar, bass, keys, drums and vocals
- Orchestral instruments – getting away from the musical score and playing in a more contemporary style
- Playing by ear and improvisation
- Non musical creativity in worship
There is a cost for this bespoke service. Prices depend on how many trainers you have and where you are based. And whilst we are happy to train outside the UK it may work out a tad over budget! If you are interested, please just get in touch and we can give you a proper quote.
Psalm Surfing with Graham Kendrick
We are always delighted to work with Graham Kendrick and, if available, Graham can lead sessions and even an additional evening of worship for the wider church. His highly practical “Psalm Surfing” sessions are very popular, bringing a more improvised style to worship leading.
Other seminar options
Vocals – normally two or more seminars. The first teaches the basics of breathing and other foundations such as forward placement technique as well as warm up and vocalisation exercises. Learn to make the most of your voice by getting posture and breathing right and steal some ideas for warm-up exercises that you can do in the shower on Sunday mornings! We will also cover top tips particularly relevant to worship leading, such as posture, improvising and microphone technique.
The second works with the singers in the deconstruction of a well known song into contemporary styles and harmony parts focussing on dynamics, diction and more. The discipline in this seminar results in an amazing before and after contrast in the performance of the song and is highly applicable to other pieces after the event.
The Gospel Choir Masterclass is a great energising seminar where we help you create that unique and powerful gospel sound with any type of singer. The session incudes harmony structure, tone, delivery, movement and much more.
Band Skills – Practical Musicianship Skills In this session we unpack some of the ‘mechanics’ of developing band skills. Including lots of tips and ideas on Tuning, Timing, Groove and dynamics, all aimed at playing together better. Taught by Andy Chamberlain and Tim Martin.
Band Skills – Playing with Emotion In this session we tie the technical skills in the previous session together with ideas and exercises on playing with feeling, meaning and emotion in order to better serve, engage and communicate with your congregations. Taught by Andy Chamberlain and Tim Martin.
Rehearsals, Soundchecks and Basic PA for Worship Teams – Learn how to make your rehearsals and sound checks go smoothly and efficiently getting the most out of the time available. Gain a better understanding of how PA works and learn about micing and amplification for different instruments. Taught by Andy Chamberlain and Tim Martin.
Worship Leading workshop – aimed at those leading worship in a small group or church setting. Includes lots of practical ideas for worship leading whether with or without an instrument. We explore the foundational principles of leading sung worship, putting together sets of songs and releasing congregations to respond authentically and passionately.
Worship Leading, Creating Flow and Spontaneity – going beyond the basics of worship leading into how we link and flow a journey of worship, drawing people in to deeper engagement with God. Also thoughts on preparing you and your band for spontaneous leading and moving in the Spirit.
Keys – two alternative seminars. The first is for classically trained players (of say grade 4 upwards) who would like to learn contemporary playing styles based around chords and getting away from a reliance on sheet music. The second option is for existing worship band players and will focus on developing their techniques beyond their existing comfort zone.
Orchestral instruments/ Single melody instruments – a highly effective seminar again getting musicians away from their reliance on sheet music. This seminar teaches the concept of playing “in the gaps” rather than along with the melody line. It will equip delegates with the necessary knowledge and skills to create improvised fills and will increase their confidence as a contemporary player. Suitable for cello, flute, sax, violin, brass etc
Bass and drums – single or combined seminars looking at the role of these two instruments and offering practical teaching to extend the skills and knowledge mix of the delegates
Transferring from guitar to bass – a crash course seminar full of essential techniques for any guitarist looking to transfer their skills on to bass. (Great for churches with no bass players). Topics covered include thinking like a rhythm player, long and short notes, playing with the kick drum, using one scale shape
to play in any key, and transposing using the Nashville numbering system.
Theological Input – Setting worship in a Biblical context through a spoken seminar led by a professional theologian.
Instrument Fundamentals for Arranging – understanding how everyone’s instrument should work together within the whole band sound is a core skill for building solid arrangements. This top tips style seminar works through some practical do’s don’ts hint’s and cheat’s for each instrument in the worship team and it’s place in the sonic spectrum.
PA Training – a full day (separate specialist PA stream) covering all the basics of church PA.
Worship Ideas Beyond Music – principles and loads of practical ideas for leading worship using styles and artforms beyond just singing, or ties these creative ideas seamlessly into sung worship. Great for releasing more of the congregation into more of who God is.
Releasing Multi-Media and Digital Rights in the Church – if the Apostle Paul had Roman roads and Martin Luther the printing press then churches today have the use of the Internet and technology to aid the communication of the gospel. CCLI act as a central agent working to guide churches through the digital and multi media copyright maze. Chris Williams, with 20 years working in the rights industry, aims to provide a simple overview of the legal structures and opportunities using modern technology within ministry.
What people thought of previous training days:
- “Very practical & helpful.”
- “Overall an excellent day – Thank You.”
- “Plenty of really practical info that we can put into practice immediately.”
- “This was the first worship training day I’ve been to & it was good to discuss/cover issues I don’t really think about when I’m doing worship. There are definitely things I will change – the top tips for musicians individual instruments I found particularly useful.”
- “Thank you for a very good day. It was very practical, lots of useful tips. Also it was done in a friendly, informal style and speakers, very graciously were available for questions outside of the sessions.”
- “We covered a lot in a short space of time, and the time seemed to go very quickly. Good value for money and whetted the appetite to find out more on each topic.”
- “A lot of ground was covered in a short time, but very well.”
- “Interactive and encouraging.”
Please email [email protected] or call us on 01923 282878 for more information. Dates are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Training is always tailored to the needs of the worship team we are working with.
Andy Chamberlain is a co-founder of Musicademy and Worship Backing Band. Andy is a guitarist and in the past has played for Matt Redman, Tim Hughes, Vicky Beeching, Brenton Brown and many others. Presenter of Musciademy’s Worship Guitar DVDs and Playing By Ear DVDs. Andy writes a monthly column for Worship Leader Magazine and regularly teaches music and worship seminars in both the UK and North America.
Tim Martin has recently moved on from the role of music minister of Christ Church Clifton in Bristol to pursue various music-related opportunities. He is a graduate of the Theology, Music and Worship course at London School of Theology and has previously worked as a high school music teacher. Tim is a multi-instrumentalist and presents Musicademy’s Worship Keyboard, Orchestral Instrument and Band Skills DVDs. Andy and Tim’s Band Skills workshops reveal them to be an undiscovered musical compedy duo.
Philly Lopez is an experienced session singer and tutor who has previously worked at Nexus College as well as one of the vocals coaches on the BBC show The Voice. Having worked in the secular music industry working with Matt Goss, Muse, Take That and Stevie Wonder, Philly has always remained rooted into church and worship music. As well as singing backing vocals at Soul Survivor, New Wine and Spring Harvest Philly was worship pastor at St Michaels, Chester Square for 5 years and loved investing in a small community church in central London. Now a fully freelance musician, Philly attends HTB and enjoys serving on the worship team there with Worship Central.
Sam Hargreaves is co-leader of engageworship.org and lecturer in the London School of Theology Music and Worship Department. Sam is passionate about innovative, creative worship and leads training and services for local churches and national conferences. He also co-leads RESOUNDworship.org, writing and sharing worship songs.
Nicki Rogers is an accomplished singer songwriter, who has recorded several critically acclaimed solo albums. Her own singing career has taught her the value of good singing technique, and the practical advantages of having the right kind of vocal coaching. Nicki uses a variety of established teaching methods aimed at ensuring that each student has a tailor made pathway to reach their potential. Nicki currently works with students at Radley College in Oxfordshire and London School of Theology, and tutors privately.
Deborah Clarke was Musicademy’s first vocals tutor and features on the Musicademy Worship Vocals DVDs as a singing “student”. She is a multi-talented singer, songwriter who as well as gaining a distinction at the Academy of Contemporary Music, has written tracks and sung on a number of professional albums. As well as being an accomplished vocals coach Deborah also sings in the Musicademy function band.
Chris Williams is Sales Manager for CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing International). With 20 years working in the rights industry, his seminars aim to provide a simple overview of the legal structures and opportunities using modern technology within ministry.
What people thought of previous training days:
- “Good numbers from lots of different types of churches and denominations; good venue, welcome, coffee, facilities etc; excellent teaching from high calibre speakers; good interaction and questions; general level of buzz at coffee and lunch breaks – church musicians sharing experiences” Alan Mitchell, Royal Society of Church Music
- “EVERYTHING was relevant to me as worship team leader. None of it was at all boring, the time absolutely flew. All the speakers made it very accessible and were great fun to be around.”
- “I enjoyed the practical focus, and fact that the advice was given with understanding that not everyone has a full, consistent band every week..”
- “The loose but structured schedule was a very effective approach. It allowed the sessions to flow freely and you didnt need to think about where it was going next – you just let it all happen and you could concentrate on listening and participating.”
- Thankyou again for the excellent training day, I have heard nothing but positive comments from our worship team members. It was great to spend the day with people who are so obviously committed to enabling people to improve in their skills and to move on in terms of worship. You were all approachable and friendly but still professional in your approach too. We felt encouraged that we have got good resources, but there is always room for improvement. Thanks again and may God bless your ministry through Musicademy”
Sue Newland, Worship Coordinator, Redhill Baptist Church