Music Resources and Literature for Worship Leading – WMUS 600

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study of the materials used in program building of instrumental and choral ensembles in non-traditional worship settings. Evaluation is made of select publishers to investigate musical, audio, video, and software recourses availability with application to contemporary Christian worship ensemble.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

One of the primary responsibilities of modern worship leaders is the identification and selection of appropriate resources for worship. This includes musical resources for vocal (choirs, soloists, worship teams, etc.) and instrumental groups (bands, orchestras, ensembles, etc.), as well as technical resources for video, sound, and lighting. In order to successfully complete this task, students must be familiar with publishers, vendors, technical specifications, and online providers. This course introduces students to the wide array of available resources that will be foundational to leading effective worship ministries in the 21st Century.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify mainstream Christian music publishers and their related resources for worship ministries in non-traditional settings.
  2. Describe worship ministry resources available through print and online publishers/providers.
  3. Identify copyright laws as outlined in Title 17, U.S. Code.
  4. Discuss the influence of Internet worship resources on modern worship ministries, as well as related resources available through these sources.
  5. Assess current software packages related to worship projection, video editing, audio engineering, and worship ministry administration.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (8)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 350 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words.

Copyright Quiz

After reading the Church Music Publishers Association’s Guide to Copyright Information, the student will complete the 25-question quiz. This quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 true/false questions, and have 30-minute time limit.

Worship Blog Directory

The student will compile an annotated directory briefly discussing a minimum of 20 worship blogs, specifically identifying worship resources offered through each site. Each entry must be 2–3 paragraphs and adhere to current Turabian format.

Book Reviews (2)

The student will complete 2 book reviews on the texts outlined within the course. Each report will be 5–7 pages.

Worship Projection Article

The student will research and identify 8–10 worship/song projection software packages available to churches. Based on this research, the student will write a 3–5-page article comparing and contrasting the various software packages in relation to effectiveness, cost, difficulty level, etc. The article must be written in a magazine or Internet article style and adhere to current Turabian format.

Christian Music Publishers Directory

Using the Christian Music Publishers Association website as the initial source of information, the student will compile an annotated bibliography of at least 25 Christian music publishers. Each annotation must be at least 100 words. This directory must briefly discuss the company’s history, denomination affiliation (if any), and types of worship resources offered.

Church Case Study

The student will view online services of 1 of the churches outlined within the course for 4 weeks. Following the service observations, the student will prepare a written report outlining the church’s history, worship styles, and stated mission. The report must be at least 8 pages.

Worship Resource Directory

The student will compile an 18–20-page Worship Resource Directory outlining and summarizing worship resources identified throughout the course. The directory must be divided into 12 sections (as outlined in the course) and include a minimum of 20 entries per category. The student will also contact a minimum of 5 publishers to secure preview packets of new materials. Once the packets are received, the student must compile a listing of the various materials contained in each packet and then write a 2–3-paragraph summary of how the resources can be used in a local church setting.