Worship Leading

Dr. Betty Weatherby, Program Director and Adjunct Professor
Mr. Robert Matthews, Director of Worship 

The Worship Leading track is designed to train students studying in the BA in Ministry program who feel a unique call to minister through worship and music. This focused degree track is an exciting integration of theological development, musical excellence, ministry passion, and Christ-like character.

Worship Leading will challenge you to examine and develop a defined worship theology while studying biblical principles of worship and corporate worship expression both through the historical church and in our contemporary North American context. Students will have the opportunity to learn in the classroom, develop skill in the practice room, be mentored in applied lessons, and be practically equipped in a variety of hands-on ministry opportunities. Integration with the Kingswood chapel worship services, ensembles and events will be an integral part of each student’s development.

serve saint john-1Study…

  • Worship Leading
  • Theology of Worship
  • Music Theory for Worship Leading
  • Songwriting/Arranging
  • Technical Ministry
  • Vocal Development
  • And applied lessons in: Piano, Guitar and Voice.

Participate in…

  • Worship Service Planning teams
  • Chapel worship teams
  • Music ensembles
  • Major worship events
  • Songwriting circles with performance opportunity
  • Worship ministry internship

Experience…

  • The challenge of being stretched theologically, musically, & spiritually
  • An increased appreciation for a defined theology of worship
  • Community developed with worship faculty and other musicians in the program
  • Opportunities to dream, create and work together with a team to plan and participate in worship services and events.

Become…

  • A biblically and historically aware worshiper in today’s church
  • A passionate and authentic worship leader
  • A skilled musician who values and pursues musical excellence – where passion and precision meet
  • More like Jesus!!

Worship Ministry at Kingswood is directed by Dr. Betty Weatherby

Worship Leading Minor. The information above is for students who enrol in the B.A. in Ministry degree with a Worship Leading focus. Students who enrol in any of the other Bachelor degree programs at Kingswood, but wish to also study worship leading at Kingswood, are encouraged to consider adding a Worship Leading minor.

Audition Process:

The goal of the Kingswood music audition is to highlight your strengths while helping us to assess your potential to thrive in our focused program.
Since the intent of the Worship Program is to develop worship leaders, the student will be auditioned both for their main instrument and their singing. The purpose of the audition is to ascertain that a student has the innate musical ability necessary for success in this program, as noted below.

Live Audition

The live audition can be scheduled with the help of the applicant’s Admissions Counselor, and generally will happen on the Kingswood Campus. In some instances, worship faculty may be available when near your area to do an audition locally. The live audition will take approximately 45 minutes long and may consist of the following:

  • two prepared worship songs of varying styles on your main instrument*
  • one sung worship song of your choice
  • one sung harmony part to a well known worship song
  • improvisation (instrumental OR vocal) within a well-known Praise & Worship song.
  • lead sheet sight-singing and/or chord chart reading
  • technique (scales and triads) & ear tests (sing back, clap back)

*If you are a vocalist without a second instrument, you may be asked to sing 2 worship songs of varied styles. It would be beneficial for you to bring a recorded accompaniment on either a CD or jump drive.

All students must also write a Diagnostic Test which will help us to determine your level of knowledge and experience in music theory. This test is typically offered within the first week students arrive on campus.

At Kingswood, we do understand that students will apply with varying levels of experience in ear training, improvisation, music theory and sight-reading. We understand that most students are coming to us, looking for an opportunity to develop these skills. Even if those areas are not your strongest, our assessment will help us to determine how to best place you and assist you in developing these important skills.

Distance Audition

While we don’t feel that a distance audition is ideal, we do understand that not every student will be able to make a trip to our campus during the application process. Students may speak with their Admissions Counselor about scheduling a Distance Audition via Skype or FaceTime.

Skype or FaceTime Auditions may include:

  • one prepared worship song of your choice on your main instrument*
  • one sung worship song of your choice
  • improvisation (instrumental OR vocal) within a well-known Praise & Worship song.
  • lead sheet sight-singing and/or chord chart reading
  • ear tests

*If you are a vocalist without a second instrument, you may be asked to sing 2 worship songs of varied styles.

Academically accepted students who are unable to audition prior to the beginning of the semester understand that their acceptance into the Worship Leading Track of the BA program will be contingent on the successful completion and evaluation of an audition when they arrive in Sussex.

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