Music Essentials for Church Musicians

This is a basic training course designed specifically with church musicians in mind. It is intended to help musicians ga
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  • Nyle Sexton, D.W.S.
    Adjunct Professor of Contemporary Christian Worship, Houston Graduate School of Theology

    Dr. Sexton is the instructor of Contemporary Christian Worship at HGST. In addition, he continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor of Arts at Indiana Wesleyan University where he teaches a comprehensive online course in fine arts that includes art, music and architecture from Antiquity through the Postmodern eras. He is an experienced educator and has been teaching courses in music and worship since 1994.

    Dr. Sexton earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Ohio State University and both the Master of Worship Studies and Doctor of Worship Studies degrees from The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, in Orange Park Florida. He has served in various capacities within the church throughout his career including Worship Pastor, Associate Pastor, Adult Education Director, Technology Director, Choir Director, Small Groups Pastor, Chaplain, etc.

    Dr. Sexton is an accomplished bassist and has performed in numerous venues and with many notable artists including Steve Green, Babbie Mason, Thom Schumate, Carter Threlkeld, as well as others. His credits also include serving as the house bassist for Theater Memphis in Memphis, TN and performing with numerous rock, R&B, contemporary and Christian groups for the past thirty years. He has served as musical director for productions of Grease, Pippin, Fame, and West Side Story and he continues to enjoy playing the bass as well as guitar and piano as time permits.

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Music Essentials for Church Musicians

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is a basic training course designed specifically with church musicians in mind. It is intended to help musicians gain a greater understanding of music notation and basic, yet necessary skills specific to the church music environment. The course provides practical knowledge every worship team member needs to be confident and successful.  I highly recommend this workshop for contemporary praise team members and anyone else who simply wants to learn to read music or learn the basics of music theory.  This course is available as a 26-page downloadable workbook and 9 downloadable chapters of video instruction (55 mins. total). 

This workshop contains nine separate sections to provide an overview of several areas.  Here is the table of contents:

Session1

  • The staff, clefs, musical alphabet and ledger lines

Session 2

  • Accidentals,key signatures, and the Circle of Fifths

Session 3

  • Note values, rhythm and time signatures

Session 4

  • Ties, slurs and dots

Session 5

  • Transposition and modulation

Session 6

  • Major and minor scales, intervals

Session 7

  • Building chords; Major, minor, diminished and augmented

Session 8

  • Chord extensions and alterations

Session 9

  • Sheet music, lead sheets and song charts
  • Symbols, dynamics and endings
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CURRICULUM

  • SECTION 1:
    Minha Primeira Seção
  • 1
    The Musical Staff
    07:15

    In this session, I introduce the musical staff, treble clef, bass clef, leger lines, musical alphabet and the basics of notation and music reading.

     

  • 2
    Sharp, Flat & Natural Signs
    10:43

    This session covers accidentals, also known as sharps, flats and naturals.

  • 3
    Note Values, Rhythms & Time Signatures
    02:03

    This session covers note values, rhythms and time signatures.

  • 4
    Ties, Slurs & Dots
    04:08

    This session covers ties, slurs and dotted notes.

  • 5
    Transposition & Modulation
    04:23

    This session covers transposition and modulation.

  • 6
    Major & Minor Scales & Intervals
    06:23

    This session covers major scales, minor scales and intervals.

  • 7
    Chords: Major, Minor, Diminished & Augmented
    03:58

    This session covers building chords; Major, minor, diminished and augmented.

  • 8
    Chord Extensions and Alterations
    01:49

    This session covers chords, chord extensions and alterations.

  • 9
    Sheet Music, Symbols & Endings
    04:16

    This session covers sheet music, lead sheets, song charts, symbols, dynamics and endings.

  • 10
    Workbook-Music Essentials For Church Musicians
    27 pages

    This 26-page workbook can be used independently, but I highly recommend using it alongside the instructional video. This workshop was designed for contemporary praise team members and anyone else who simply wants to learn to read music or learn the basics of music theory. This workshop contains nine separate sections to provide an overview of several areas.

    Here is the table of contents:

    Session1-The staff, clefs, musical alphabet and ledger lines

    Session 2-Accidentals,key signatures, and the Circle of Fifths

    Session 3-Note values, rhythm and time signatures

    Session 4-Ties, slurs and dots

    Session 5-Transposition and modulation

    Session 6-Major and minor scales,intervals

    Session 7-Building chords; Major, minor, diminished and augmented

    Session 8-Chord extensions and alterations

    Session 9-Sheet music, lead sheets, charts, musical symbols,dynamics and endings

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