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:
In this session, I introduce the musical staff, treble clef, bass clef, leger lines, musical alphabet and the basics of notation and music reading.
This session covers accidentals, also known as sharps, flats and naturals.
This session covers note values, rhythms and time signatures.
This session covers ties, slurs and dotted notes.
This session covers transposition and modulation.
This session covers major scales, minor scales and intervals.
This session covers building chords; Major, minor, diminished and augmented.
This session covers chords, chord extensions and alterations.
This session covers sheet music, lead sheets, song charts, symbols, dynamics and endings.
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
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.