Ahhhh the joy and power of music!  Music has some dynamic universal elements which we will all look at together on the first day of workshops.  Days two and three of the conference allow you to hone and enrich your specific areas of musical interest through this enriching creative learning experience!



You get the opportunity to follow these great musicians and teachers down a path of discovery perfectly suited for your interests and talents! And by the final day everyone will get a chance to experience and have fun in a live recording studio!

Writing Music


One of the highest purposes of music in the Biblical worldview is to worship through music and to lead others in worship.  What is worship as modeled in the Bible and throughout the centuries?  And how does current worship align with Biblical truth?  What makes great worship?   Is there a place for hymns and smoke on the stage?  Seasoned experienced worship leaders Manuel Luz,  Matt Combe and Jeremy Oliveria will direct this track for all musicians.



For those with basic skills in keyboard knowledge and notes, this workshop with  Zack Sprunger with expand your chording to include a great richness and diversity of sound.  His videos have taught thousands of people to

In this course, you will learn the basics of playing piano or keyboard with a chord based, rhythmic approach, similar to the way a guitarist plays their instrument. There will be a focus on playing piano in a worship environment, both as a soloist and with a band. Previous musical experience, especially on the piano, will allow students to get the most out of this course, but we'll be starting with the basics.

If you have your own keyboard and are able to bring it for the days of the workshop, please do. Otherwise keyboards will be provided for those without.

Man Playing Guitar


Michael Farley basic and/or intermediate guitar.  The things Michael can do with a guitar are unbelieveable.  For decades Michael has been playing and perfecting  chords, fingering, runs, sounds and possibilities on his guitar.  For those wanting to learn new possbilities and expand their guitar horizons Michael will enhance your skills and expand your repertoire  

Dj on Stage


This track with Jennifer Davis will focus on vocal technique and improving the quality and clarity of your singing voice.  Sessions will focus on aspects such as vocal function exercises, note patterns and single notes, designed to achieve a particular sound or to refine your ability in a particular part of your range, how to develop vocal stamina, song choice etc. for excelling your vocal performance and using your voice to the glory of God.

Sound Board


During the three-day workshops, musicians from each track will have the opportunity to learn firsthand and experience the tools and process of recording in a professional recording studio. Join Jim Abdo at his own professional recording studio, BrokenWorks Productions, LLC, to walk through the musical process of recording and producing. Let this wonderful opportunity open your mind to all of the possibilities in your pursuit as a musician!



How do you prepare, spiritually, musically to lead worship?   How do you choose an appropriate set of songs and what is the criteria?  How to work with a team of other musicians and vocalists to effectively usher others into the ultimate worship and praise of God.  And how can you  and best perform to model and encourage others with humility yet power.  Experienced worship leaders and performers Matt Combe, Trevor Bowden and Manuel Luz and Steve Hopkins lead this session.

Listening to Music


Music theory. Don't be stuck to sheet music and written chords. Understand the fundamentals of the dynamic and systematic theory of great music and set your mind and fingers free.  Zach Sprunger and team will run through a series of chord patterns and progressions that can create harmonic beauty and unique  tonal interest.

Art Gallery


New technology launches new opportunities to self record in home with inexpensive software.  Watch as Matt Combe and Jesse Burns demonstrate the tools and techniques to create video for social media.

Female Singer and Bass Guitar


Whether for worship or for personal expression songwriting is one of the most powerful communication tools on the planet.  What makes a great song? What are some examples of characteristic from songs we all love?  And how do you compose a song that is compelling and evokes the meaning and purpose for which it is intended that moves the heart and mind of listeners?   Join Gaetano Jauregui, Manuel Luz, Zach Sprunger and Matt Combe for this hands on session to create your own composition.

Playing Cello


Are you a cellist or violinist?  Contact us and our instructors are waiting to work with you.   Plus your talent is important in the Kingdom of God and deserves an expanded role in the church.  Upon request Ascend has the opportunity to bring in expert talent to work with you.