Associate of Worship Leadership

Become equipped with the essential knowledge, skills, and experience needed to effectively lead a congregation in worship through our Associate of Worship Leadership (AWL) degree. The AWL program was developed in partnership with key worship and media leaders from Gateway Church to ensure that the skills and competencies taught are relevant and applicable to the worship communities of today’s local churches. Our AWL degree is designed to provide you with a solid biblical foundation in worship studies as well as practical skills in team building, songwriting, recording techniques, live audio, vocal and instrumental performance, and so much more. This program is now offered online!

Program Objectives

The Associate of Worship Leadership (AWL) degree seeks:

  • To graduate competent musicians for the local or global church and music marketplace;
  • To produce biblically formed and theologically informed musicians;
  • To equip gifted songwriters who compose for the Church and marketplace;
  • To prepare skilled video, audio, and innovative media technicians;
  • To place graduates in appropriate ministry and music industry contexts.

Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Associate of Worship Leadership degree will be able to:

  • Perform with musicality on a modern worship platform from a primary and secondary instrument supporting role.
  • Apply contemporary music theory techniques and knowledge to a modern worship platform.
  • Demonstrate a foundational understanding of the scriptural, historical, and Christian theological bases of Christian Worship.
  • Provide pastoral ministry in a supporting role.
  • Apply a foundational knowledge of audio, video, and lighting technology to the field of worship ministry.

*AWL acceptance space is limited.


AUDITION PROCESS

Applicants must complete an audition for acceptance into the AWL program.

Admission to the University is a requirement prior to acceptance into the Music and Worship Studies (MWS) Department and the AWL program. However, applicants are encouraged to begin the MWS audition process and prepare the required video in conjunction with applying for admission to TKU. Upon acceptance to the University, you will be emailed a link to the online audition submission form.

Audition Requirements

Summer 2019 Video Audition Submission Deadline | May 2, 2019
Fall 2019 Video Audition Submission Deadline | August 8, 2019
Spring 2020 Video Audition Submission Deadline | January 3, 2020

For more information, contact worshipstudies@tku.edu.

Curriculum
Total Hours 64
  • 9
  • 20
  • 2
  • 13
  • 12
  • 8
  • Christian Foundations 9 Hours
    • BIBM 1301 Spirit Formed Life 3
    • BIBL 1300 Introduction to Bible 3
    • BIBT 1304 Christian Worldview 3
  • General Education 20 Hours
    • UNIV 1101 Student Success Strategies 1
    • ENGL 1301 English Composition I 3
    • ENGL 1302 English Composition II 3
    • COMS 2303 Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communication 3
    • Behavioral Science Elective 3
    • Science Elective 4
    • PHIL 2301 Christian Ethics 3
  • Experiential Learning 2 Hours
    • MPEW 2103 Band Labs 1
    • One hour from the following: 1
    • MPEW 2103 Band Labs
    • MPEW 2104 Worship Choir
    • MPEW 3101 The King's Worship Ensemble
  • Worship Leadership 13 Hours
    • MUSW 1301 The Worship Leader as Pastor
    • -OR- 3
    • BIBM 2304 Pastoral Ministry
    • BIBT 1302 History and Theology of Christian Worship 3
    • BIBM 1302 Spirit Formed Ministry 3
    • MUSW 2101 Creative Arts in Worship 1
    • MEDA 3301 Media Law and Ethics 3
  • Music and Technology 12 Hours
    • MUST 1301 Music Theory I 3
    • MUST 1302 Music Theory II 3
    • MEDA 1301 AV & Lighting I 3
    • MEDA 1302 AV & Lighting II 3
  • Music Instruction 8 Hours
    • 4 hours from the following primary lessons (all in the same instrument): 4
    • MGVM 1103 Group Vocal Lessons I
    • MGVM 1104 Group Vocal Lessons II
    • MGIM 1103 Group Piano Lessons I
    • MGIM 1104 Group Piano Lessons II
    • MGIM 1105 Group Guitar Lessons I
    • MGIM 1106 Group Guitar Lessons II
    • MPVM 1101 Applied Music Lesson Primary - Voice
    • MPIM 1103 Applied Music Lesson Primary - Piano
    • MPIM 1105 Applied Music Lesson Primary - Guitar
    • MPIM 1107 Applied Music Lesson Primary - Drums
    • MPIM 1109 Applied Music Lesson Primary - Bass
    • 4 hours from the following secondary lessons (all in the same instrument): 4
    • MGVM 1103 Group Vocal Lessons I
    • MGVM 1104 Group Vocal Lessons II
    • MGIM 1103 Group Piano Lessons I
    • MGIM 1104 Group Piano Lessons II
    • MGIM 1105 Group Guitar Lessons I
    • MGIM 1106 Group Guitar Lessons II
    • MPIM 1102 Applied Music Lesson Secondary - Voice
    • MPIM 1104 Applied Music Lesson Secondary - Piano
    • MPIM 1106 Applied Music Lesson Secondary - Guitar
    • MPIM 1108 Applied Music Lesson Secondary - Drums
    • MPIM 1110 Applied Music Lesson Secondary - Bass