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!
Follow these professional musicians and teachers down a path of discovery perfectly suited for your interests and talents! Each attendee can choose up to 4 breakout focus areas of study. Pick your favorites when you register.
MUSIC AS WORSHIP - ALL-GROUP SESSION
One of the highest purposes of music in the Biblical worldview is to worship through music and to lead others in worship. This all-group session explores worship as modeled in the Bible and throughout the centuries. How do we worship personally? And how does current church worship align with Biblical truth? What makes great worship music? Is there a place for hymns and smoke on the stage? Pastor Rick Booye weighs in along with our seasoned worship leaders leading this session for for all musicians.
LEADING WORSHIP/COLLABORATION AND/OR PERFORMANCE
How do you prepare spiritually and musically to lead worship? How do you choose an appropriate set of songs, and what is the criteria? It is critical to know how to work with a team of other musicians and vocalists in traditional settings or to effectively usher others into the worship and praise of God. How can you best perform to model and encourage others with humility and power? Experienced worship leaders and performers Matt Combe, Michael Bahn, Jeremy Oliveria, Sam Peck, and Seth Stanley lead this session.
SEE BREAKOUT SESSIONS BELOW
The following are breakout sessions to attend on days two and three. Each topic is either a one-, two-, or three-session experience depending on the number of participants who show interest.
RECORDING AND PRODUCING
Experience hands-on learning with long-time producers and music professionals including Damian Norvell, Jeremy Oliveria, and Nick James. In the recording track. you will get the chance for a deep dive into the fundamentals of modern recording, vocal production, mixing, arranging, and the strength of collaboration. There are multiple workstations on site for a true hands-on experience.
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 characteristic examples 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 Michael Bahn, Matt Combe, Jeremy Oliveria, and more for this hands-on session to create your own composition.
Don't get stuck to sheet music and written chords. Understand the fundamentals of the dynamic and systematic theory of great music to set free your mind and your fingers. Our team will run through a series of chord patterns and progressions that can create harmonic beauty and unique tonal interest.
For those with basic skills in keyboard knowledge and notes, this workshop will expand your chording to include a great richness and diversity of sound.
Play 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.
If you have your own keyboard and are able to bring it for the days of the workshop, please do. Otherwise, a few practice keyboards will be available.
This track 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 and note patterns and single notes designed to refine your ability in a particular part of your range, how to develop vocal stamina, song choice, etc. for excelling in your vocal performance and using your voice for the glory of God.
INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED GUITAR
Whether it's playing and perfecting chords, fingering, runs, or sonic possibilities on a guitar, this workshop can expand your repertoire of skills. For those wanting to learn new possibilities and expand their guitar horizons, instructor Steve Hopkins will enhance your skills and broaden your vision.
CELLO AND VIOLIN
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.