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The School of Worship is a nine-month program designed to equip worship leaders, musicians, and media team members with the tools needed to effectively serve your local church.
We offer many classes that not only teach practical musicianship and technical skills, but also help to develop a solid foundation of biblical theology. We have a great staff of gifted and experienced teachers who love to invest in the next generation of worshipers and worship leaders.
If you have a desire to grow in your gifts to benefit the body of Christ, we’d like to invite you to pray about being a part of our program.
For more information, click on the video, scroll through our website, or drop us an email.
God bless you, and we hope to see you at the School of Worship!
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SCHOOL OF WORSHIP at a glance
Since 2002, the School of Worship has existed with the primary goal of training and discipling those called to minister through music and the media arts. We begin a new nine-month certification program every fall, and we accept students from around the world. Classes are held in Costa Mesa, California, and all of our course credits transfer to Calvary Chapel Bible College.
LENGTH • 2 Semesters
SCHEDULE • 9 AM - 1 PM • Tuesday - Thursday
9 AM - Noon • Friday
LOCATION • Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, Orange County, California
(7 miles to the beach, 30 miles to the mountains, 10 miles from Disneyland)
PRICE • $4,100 = total for both semesters*
What’s included in the cost? The $4,100 includes: full tuition, an iPad mini, all required textbooks and iPad
apps, admission room & board at the Calvary Chapel Worship Leaders Conference, full room & board for
the SOW Master’s Summit retreat, and admission to the Pure Worship Conference.
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Intro to Drums
Intro to Acoustic Guitar
Advanced Acoustic Guitar
Intro to Electric Guitar
Advanced Electric Guitar
Electric Guitar Alternate Chords & Voicing
Intro to Bass
Intro to Piano
Keyboards & Synths
Vocal Tone & Ear Training
Advanced Vocal Technique
The Role of the Music Director (MD)
Live Audio Essentials
Intro to Photography
Creating & Using Loops & Tracks for Worship
Mixing Techniques for Live & Studio
Basic Video Production
Software Training includes:
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign,
Premiere, and After Effects.
Home recording with Garageband
In Depth with Logic Pro
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We require three references to accompany your application.
References should be provided by individuals outside of your own family who support your Christian testimony.
Only one reference should be from a member of the pastoral staff at your church.
Please note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that we receive the references.
Every SOW student must:
It is the responsibility of the student to find housing. At times families from the church will open their homes to School of Worship students at a reasonable cost. We will be glad to give you the phone numbers of these families if housing becomes available.
All students will receive an iPad Mini when they pay their non-refundable registration fee at the beginning of the school year. The iPad Mini will be configured with School of Worship apps and will remain the property of the School of Worship until the end of the school year. At that time, ownership of the iPad Mini will transfer to the student, provided that their tuition has been paid in full.
Accepted students who already own an iPad will have the iPad Mini fee waived.
Payment Plan (subject to change)
For questions about our refund policy, please contact us directly.
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The application process begins with clicking one of the links below. Choose if you would like to apply for either the Media Arts Track or the Music Track and click on the appropriate box. When you click a new tab will open allowing you to pay your application fee and begin the application process.
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