Typically this a 10am to 4pm event on a Saturday with a breaks for lunch and coffee/tea. However we are flexible and can break this into ‘evening’ classes if time and travel schedules permit.
With one instructor, we focus on the ensemble, working with the whole team as one, singers, musicians, tech people and so on. With an emphasis on the practical, we help identify the strengths and weaknesses of the team (creative, technical, performance, attitude) and then work in a collaborative environment towards creating a ‘sound’ that fits this collective.
With additional instructors we can break into smaller groups for specific training on such subjects as Leadership, Worship Leading, Song Writing, Rhythm Section and Arranging.
For Churches, we suggest tying in this first (workshop) day with a worship service that evening or the following Sunday where we share the platform with the worship team and include the congregation in this journey, teaching and sharing stories of the worship experience. Ideally we lead the whole service (barring baby dedications, announcements and offering).
Here’s an example of us working with a great local Church worship team after several days of training and rehearsing together.
Once we have established a relationship with a Church community, our follow visit can focus more on specifics e.g. developing the team leaders, the worship leaders, songwriters and the ‘local sound’ of worship. And while we suggest adding a Friday evening to the program we can vary the use of this ‘extra day’ depending on either the resources or the needs of the organization or community.
Our preference is to do a House Concert or Bar/Club event, inviting friends, family and neighbors outside the general reach of the Church or organization. These ‘outsiders’ feel much more comfortable in a non-institutional environment and generally connect easily with the music and the performers.
An alternative Friday event is an interactive gathering at the home of one of the creative Leaders where music, art, story telling and performance issues can be discussed over a meal. We are all about helping students relax and finding a comfort zone in which they grow or learn at their own pace. The less formal environment also helps ‘us teachers’ to identify potential leaders and the strengths and weaknesses within the team.
# Note: Often an additional Thursday evening is required to rehearse the material and program for the Friday House Concert-Club ‘gig’.
Here’s a great house concert event that gathered, neighbors, friends, family, young and old… and lots of local musicians (and a sound and lighting company) who volunteered their services and favorite songs (original and covers) for the occasion.
One on One
Our ‘One on One’ sessions can be on site (yours or ours) depending on teacher availability or a scheduled Skype session. Generally these sessions are for creative/worship leaders and songwriters.