Harvest Worship Academy
Dates & Times
Sep 24, 20194:00pm - 9:45pm
Welcome to Harvest Worship Academy! We are so excited to have you join us. Harvest Worship Academy is a unique training program focused on developing anyone in our church or community who is called to worship ministry or just wanting to learn an instrument. Our goal is to equip each student both spiritually and musically over a 12 week quarter and for them to take those skills back to their church to further the Kingdom of God through worship. We are inviting worshipers of any skill level from age 8 and up to register.
Harvest Worship Academy was founded by worship leader, Levi Corrao, in the fall of 2016. It was originally designed to be a pathway and discipleship program for potential worship team members of Harvest Hill Church to participate in platform ministry. Since then, it has opened up to children and adults age 8 and up in both our church and community as a resource for training and mentoring in music and worship ministry. The current Director of Harvest Worship Academy is Laura Bradford, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We offer group music classes for 6 different instruments: keyboard, voice, acoustic guitar, lead electric guitar, bass guitar, and drums. Each instrument has 3 levels of instruction. After passing the 3rd level in any given instrument, a student is considered “platform ready” in terms of skill set for the worship team training track. Students may enroll in any given level multiple times, until they are proficient enough to move on to the next level. Students are evaluated at the beginning of each quarter to determine their skill levels and to recommend an appropriate course of study. We also offer other classes, including Spiritual Development, Worship Leading, Worship Song Writing, Basic Music Theory, and Ladies Worship Dance.
There are 3 tracks of study. The first track is for worshipers that are currently training for platform ministry. The second track is for children that are training to one day be on a worship team. The third track is for adults and children who just want to learn an instrument. All tracks will incorporate worship and sacred music, leadership skills, performance skills, and spiritual development at varying levels.
PLACEMENT AND FINAL EVALUATIONS
Harvest Worship Academy Placement Evaluations are on September 21st (time TBA). Placement Evaluations are for the purpose of placing you in the appropriate class based on your skill level and goals. Evaluations are done privately before a small panel and typically last 20 minutes. We currently evaluate for voice, keyboard, drums, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, and lead electric guitar. You will need to bring your own instrument to evaluations (except for keyboard and drums, which will be provided).
IF YOU ALREADY KNOW THAT YOU ARE A LEVEL 1 BEGINNER, OR IF YOU ARE WILLING TO PARTICIPATE IN A VERBAL ASSESSMENT OVER THE PHONE INSTEAD, YOU DO NOT NEED TO EVALUATE. PLEASE EMAIL LAURA BRADFORD AT LAURA.BRADFORD@HARVESTHILL.CHURCH TO INFORM HER OF YOUR LEVEL 1 STATUS OR DECISION TO NOT EVALUATE. IF YOU ALREADY PARTICIPATED IN EVALUATIONS AT THE END OF LAST QUARTER, YOU DO NOT NEED TO RE-EVALUATE, UNLESS YOU WANT TO. PLEASE EMAIL LAURA BRADFORD AT LAURA.BRADFORD@HARVESTHILL.CHURCH TO INFORM HER OF YOUR DESIRE TO RE-EVALUATE.
Final Evaluations are for the purpose of passing a class. They are required of all students who want to advance to the next class level.
Orientation is scheduled for Monday, September 23rd from 7:00pm-8:00pm. You will receive your class schedule then.
All students 12 and up that are on a worship track will be required to take a Spiritual Development class, at no cost, in addition to their instrument of choice.
BASIC MUSIC THEORY
All voice students who have not passed the Academy Music Theory Test yet are required to register for a one time, 6 week, $95 course in Basic Music Theory in addition to their voice training class. If students wish to test out of the course, they may do so at the time of their placement evaluations by taking the final exam for Basic Music Theory.
PASTOR RECOMMENDATION FORM
All students 12 and up who are on a worship team training track and do not attend Harvest Hill Church are required to submit a signed Pastor Recommendation Form before the quarter begins. If you need a copy of the form emailed to you, please contact Laura Bradford at email@example.com
Class times currently run on Tuesday nights from 4:00pm-9:45pm and/or Wednesday nights from 4:00pm-6:00pm. Classes are 45 minutes long starting on the hour with 15 minutes in between. We will have a total of 6 time slots back to back on Tuesday night and 2 time slots back to back on Wednesday night with multiple classes running simultaneously. STUDENT TIME SLOTS WILL BE ASSIGNED ACCORDING TO PLACEMENT EVALUATIONS, TEACHER AVAILABILITY, AND STUDENT REGISTRATIONS. Class sizes may range from 1-6 students. Ages may range from 8 and up. Classes are designed to be fast-paced to accommodate both the casual learner and the highly motivated student.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: WE MAY HAVE MINIMUM REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR A PARTICULAR CLASS. IF A CLASS DOES NOT MEET MINIMUM REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS, WE WILL, UNFORTUNATELY, HAVE TO CANCEL THE CLASS.
INSTRUMENTS & SUPPLIES
Students are required to bring their own instruments, except for those taking keyboard or drums. Keyboards and drum practice pads will be provided by the Academy for in classroom instruction only. Students are also encouraged to bring 3-ring binders to store handouts and curriculum and pen and paper to take notes.
Most classes are $185 per class per student per quarter. Some classes are $95 per class, per student, per quarter, and only run for 6 weeks. Tuition is due in full upon registration. We do not offer payment arrangements. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS ONCE THE QUARTER HAS STARTED. If absent, it is the student's responsibility to make up any classwork they may have missed.
All teachers are required to have a background check. There will be an Academy Host present during academy hours. A PARENT OR GUARDIAN OR OLDER SIBLING (12 YEARS+) OF A STUDENT WHO IS YOUNGER THAN 12 YEARS OF AGE IS REQUIRED TO ESCORT HIS/HER CHILD TO THEIR CLASSROOM, AND STAY IN THE BUILDING DURING HIS/HER CHILD'S CLASS TIME. Drop-offs are not allowed. There is a comfortable sitting/waiting area with free WiFi available for your convenience.
September 20th....Last Day to Register for Classes
September 21st....Placement and Final Evaluations (Time TBA)
September 23rd....Orientation (7:00pm-8:00pm)
September 24th-25th.... First Day of Classes-Tuesdays (4:00pm-9:45pm) and/or Wednesdays (4:00pm-6:00pm)
Laura Bradford is a passionate worship leader, singer, songwriter, and teacher. She has been involved in numerous worship teams, musical productions, and recording projects. Her latest endeavor was writing, composing, and directing an original musical production. She enjoys teaching keyboard and voice and likes encouraging others in their gifting. She is currently the Director of Harvest Worship Academy, and is a Marriage and Family Pastor at Harvest Hill Church, along with her husband, John, of 24 years. Together, they have a wonderful son named Josiah.
Kelli Savering is a talented pianist and musician. She started playing piano at age 5 and also plays guitar and sings. She studied music at SAGU and has led worship in various settings. She enjoys traveling, reading, listening to and playing worship music, and spending time with her husband of 15 years and 3 children. She currently plays keyboard and sings on the worship team at Harvest Hill Church.
Tina Schick lives in Waxahachie, Texas and is a member of Gateway Church in Dallas. She is a licensed minister with North Star Pastoral Ministries of Duncanville, Texas. She is married with 3 adult children , a daughter-in-love, one grandson, and another on the way. She has been in Dance Ministry since 1995. She has taught women and children of all ages. She has traveled both domestically and internationally, dancing, teaching dance and the Biblical Foundation of Dance. She is the Assistant Director and Worship Dance Instructor for the Salvation Army Music/Arts Academy of Ellis County. She continues her dance education at Mountain View College. She loves The Lord and has found freedom to express that love through the ministry of dance.
Keith Smelser is a gifted musician and teacher with over 40 years of experience playing guitar and bass. He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy School of Music and served in the 77th Army Band. He also has played in over 40 musical productions for Family Music Theater at Cedar Valley Community College. He is currently serving on a worship band at his church, New Vida, in Dallas, Texas. As a committed Christian man, he has been married to his lovely wife, Debbi, for over 35 years, and has two talented sons, Alex and Nick.
Keith Turner has been faithfully and passionately serving with contemporary churches and praise bands for the past 17 years. He has served as lead drummer for several churches, youth rallies, retreats, and concerts. He has a unique and distinguished ear for music and is eager to lead and teach inspiring musicians to further develop their skills and dynamics in spirit filled worship.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
Harvest Worship Academy adheres to the values and tenets of Harvest Hill Church. Please see harvesthillchurch.org for a detailed description of our Tenets of Faith. Also, please be advised that all classroom instructors will open each class with prayer and will be openly discussing matters of faith.
Harvest Worship Academy (Harvest Hill Church)
1250 Walter Stephenson Rd.
Midlothian, TX 76065
Phone: 972-723-6443, 9am-4pm
Director, Harvest Worship Academy
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Director, Harvest Worship Academy