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Certificate in Musicianship

One year in our musicianship program will develop your vocal and instrumental skills, grounding you in scripture and giving you new ways to express yourself and your faith.

Diploma in Music and Worship Arts

A two-year program designed to give you the tools and knowledge to become a professional songwriter mastering your craft and understanding the music business. The program culminates with you recording your own songs in a professional studio with world-class musicians.

Bachelor of Arts in Ministry

You are a leader and you are musically gifted. Our four-year program prepares you for a career in Worship Ministry. Students will find that their excellent classroom instruction will be enhanced by multiple opportunities to lead worship throughout their program.

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1 - Song Forms

After analyzing the top 100 CCLI songs Denis compiled a list of 100 songwriting ideas that are not being used enough or at all in the CCM genre. In this video he shares with us the first idea, which involves thinking about song forms.

2 - A Beautiful Key Colour

This is the second video of the series based on the 100 songwriting ideas that are not explored enough or at all in the top 100 CCLI songs. The second songwriting idea Denis will share involves a beautiful key colour called Mixolydian.

3 - Collision of Melodies

This is the third video of the series based on the 100 songwriting ideas that are not being explored enough or at all in the top 100 CCLI songs. This time Denis will share some basic principles of counterpoint and show how you can create melodies that can overlap with each other.

Denis Nassar

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What Makes This Program Different

Students will be able to participate in the Music and Worship Arts co-curricular opportunities such as Music Appreciation, the Vinyl Vault, and the SongSmith Society. These opportunities will assist the student’s pursuit of musicianship.

Students will be interacting with and studying with present and like-minded music and worship arts students, as there will be similar requirements of music lessons, music lessons practice, music ensemble playing, etc.

Students will gain a foundation in musicianship with an aim toward fluency. Yearlong study in an instrument, in voice and vocal production, in songwriting, in ensemble playing will be directed to this aim.

What Makes This Program Different

A two-year program designed to train and assist you in writing your songs. The program culminates with you recording your own songs in a professional studio.

Challenging and life-transforming bible courses will strengthen your spiritual journey and influence your music.

Musical training rounds out your experience as you take lessons, learn the language of music, and perform in various ensembles.

Learn from visiting guest artists who are part of the music business and gain insight from their experiences, training, and expertise.

 

“As Bono once said, ‘Music can change the world because it can change people.’ I believe that the Music And Worship Arts program at Prairie College affords an incredible opportunity for students to learn and grow in a creative environment, rooted in community within a faith context; being able to graduate with a fully produced recording is a bonus.”
Stephen J. Rendall, Juno Award Winning Writer and Producer

What Makes This Program Different

Students will find that their excellent classroom instruction will be enhanced by multiple opportunities to lead worship throughout their program.

Along with our remarkable teaching faculty we are thrilled to bring in several guest artists throughout the year to enhance your learning.

With 45 Bible & Theology credits you will build a strong biblical foundation to base your career on.

Worship Practicums will stretch the student as they plan, lead, and evaluate worship experience opportunities on campus and off campus.

Certificate - Diploma - Bachelor

To be successful students must have raw musical talent. In order to assess this, we ask applicants to submit one video demo: a cover of a song you like or a song that moves you (with PDF chord chart). We don’t require a complex multi-camera edited film – a simple and clear video shot with a smartphone works well. Make sure your camera device is stable (preferably on a tripod or still surface) and close enough for good, non-distorted audio and clear video. The audition demos can be uploaded to YouTube, Dropbox, or e-mailed to Admissions

Certificate

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible and Theology Core (12 credits)

NT 112 Reading the Gospels and Acts
NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 221 Reading the Historical Books

Arts and Sciences Core (3 credits)

HF 111 Thinking and Writing

Music Courses (15 credits)

MU 155, 158 Music Lessons (Voice; 2 credits)
MU 156, 159 Music Lessons (Piano, Guitar, or Percussion)
MU 167-68 Sight Reading and Ear Training—Parts 1 and 2
MU 193 Community Choir (2 credits)
MU 194 Applied Band/Ensemble (1 credit)
WA 101 Introduction to Worship Leading (1 credit)
WA 120 Introduction to Songwriting (1 credit)
WA 123 The Language of Music 1 (1 credit)
WA 124 The Language of Music 2 (1 credit)

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.

Diploma

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible and Theology Core (18 credits)

NT 112 Reading the Gospels and Acts
NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology

Arts and Sciences Core (20 credits)

HF 111 Thinking and Writing
HF 151 How Music Works
MU 191-296 Performing Ensemble (4 credits)
MU 155-258 Music Lessons (4 credits)
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
WA 123 The Language of Music 1 (1 credit)
WA 124 The Language of Music 2 (1 credit)
WA 228 The Language of Music and Writing (1 credit)

Music and Worship Arts Courses (26 credits)

DM 103 Introduction to Digital Media (1 credit)
MU 167-68 Sight Reading/Ear Training — Parts 1, 2
WA 121 Songwriting 1
WA 122 Songwriting 2
WA 221 Songwriting 3
WA 224 Arranging Songs (2 credits)
WA 227 Recording and Producing (1 credit)
WA 229 The Language of Music and Charting (1 credit)
WA 232 How Musicians Work (2 credits)
WA 235 Music Business
WA 373-74 EP Project—Parts 1, 2 (4 credits)
Songwriting Concentration
WA 121 Songwriting 1
WA 122 Songwriting 2
WA 221 Songwriting 3
WA 235 Music Business
WA 372 EP Project (4 credits)

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.

Bachelor

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible and Theology Major (45 Credits)

BT 409 Word and World
NT 112 Reading the Gospels and Acts
NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
NT 351 Reading Hebrews to Revelation
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
OT 343 Reading the Psalms and Wisdom Literature
OT 453 Reading the Prophets
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
TH 210 God of the Gospel
TH 313 Creation to New Creation
Bible and Theology electives (9 credits)

Arts and Sciences Core (36 credits)

AS 400 Integrative Seminar
HF 111 Thinking and Writing
HF 231 History of Western Civilization I
HF 232 History of Western Civilization II
MU 255-458 Music Lessons (6 credits)
SC 230 History and Philosophy of Science
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
SS 261 Leadership Foundations
Arts and Sciences electives (6 credits)

Worship Leading and Music Major (41 credits)

DM 103 Introduction to Media Arts (1 credit)
HF 151 How Music Works
MU 158 Music Lessons (1 credit)
MU 191-496 Performing Ensemble (8 credits)
WA 101 Introduction to Worship Leading (1 credit)
WA 120 Introduction to Songwriting (1 credit)
WA 123 The Language of Music 1 (1 credit)
WA 124 The Language of Music 2 (1 credit)
WA 224 Arranging Songs (2 credits)
WA 227 Recording and Producing (1 credit)
WA 228 The Language of Music and Writing (1 credit)
WA 229 The Language of Music and Charting (1 credits)
WA 232 How Musicians Work (2 credits)
WA 252 The Story of Worship
WA 254 Worship: Subjects and Objects
WA 320 Worship by Design
WA 341 Worship FX (2 credits)
WA 354 Worship as Christian Formation
WA 378 Worship Practicum

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.

Certificate

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the content, processes, and practices of music, musicianship, and a Christian worldview of the role of arts in the world.
  2. Able to apply principles and practices of worship to a growing personal life.
  3. Increase in effective, artistic, and confident personal performance skills.
  4. Clearly demonstrate an ability to be a productive, supportive, and contributing member of a musical team.

Diploma

  1. Discover and develop your own musical language; the musical style and lyrical approach that represents your unique musical expression and contribution.
  2. Integrate Biblical truth with songwriting as you write original songs and scripture songs and compose creative music.
  3. Professionally write original songs that are ready to record, representing your worldview, theology, and anthropology.
  4. Record an EP learning how to arrange songs and the skills and craft of professional audio recording.
  5. Release your album in a showcase learning how to plan and produce a professional show.
  6. Increase effective, artistic, and confident personal performance skills.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the content, processes, and practices of music, musicianship, and a Christian worldview of the role of arts in the world.

Bachelor

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the content, processes, and practices of music, musicianship, and a Christian worldview of the role of the arts in the world.
  2. Able to apply principles and practices of worship to a growing personal life.
  3. Increase in effective, artistic, and confident personal performance skills.
  4. Clearly demonstrate an ability to be a productive, supportive, and contributing member of a musical team.
  5. Understand and practice the scope and interrelatedness of corporate worship ministry components.
  6. Understand worship ministry as seeking to encourage growth in the Christian formation of congregants.
  7. Gain the ability to plan, produce, lead, and evaluate corporate worship experiences.
  8. Develop and articulate a philosophy of corporate worship.

Certificate

Our graduates:

• Be Worship leaders in their church or camp
• Work in the retail music industry.
• Study further in Prairies two-year Music and Worship Arts Diploma or the four-year Bachelor of Arts in Ministry-Worship Leading and Music.

Diploma

Our graduates:

• Are self-employed singer/songwriters.
• Teach music lessons.
• Worship leaders in their church or camp
• Work in the retail music industry.

Bachelor

Our graduates:

• Worship Coordinator / Leader / Pastor in church
• Worship leader for camp ministry.
• Associate work in a parachurch organization.
• Cross-cultural work with a mission organization.
• Seminary and Masters level education.