National Praise and Worship Institute

Administrators

SAMUEL D. GREEN, Director, Praise and Worship Certificate Program

MARK HOSNY, Artistic Director, Praise and Worship Certificate Program

Faculty

SAMUEL D. GREEN, Director, Praise and Worship Certificate Program, Professor of Music, 1997
BS, Trevecca Nazarene University, 1987; MMEd., Belmont University, 1989; EdD, Tennessee State University, 1998; Advanced Graduate Certificate of Worship Studies, Institute for Worship Studies, 2004.

MARK HOSNY, Artistic Director,Praise and Worship Certificate Program; Instructor of Music, 2012
BMEd, Louisiana State University, 1990; MM, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 1995.

Praise and Worship Certificate Program General Information

The Praise and Worship Certificate Program offers both an initial (first-year) certificate and an advanced (second-year) certificate. Coursework for the first year is offered over five 7-week sessions in a residential program with all students following the same curriculum track. Students who wish to complete the second year for the advanced certificate must complete an additional four 7-week sessions of coursework with concentrated study in upper-division courses. Instruction is primarily face-to-face; however, some courses are offered in a video supported format, thus providing students with some flexibility in their daily schedules. Additionally, students participate in short- and long-term in-the-field ministry internships. Upon completion of the certificate and advanced certificate programs, students have the opportunity to be represented for ministry placement by the nation's leading worship leader ministry-placement organization, The Slingshot Group Inc. First-time freshmen are required to enroll in INT 1100, Life Calling and Purpose, during their first semester.

Mission Statement

The goal of the Praise and Worship Certificate Program is to educate and equip tomorrow's worship leaders to humbly and joyfully lead the body of believers to passionately express their adoration to God through consuming worship. We believe that God's calling for the worship leader does not reflect a certain musical style and/or a certain age category but rather the heart cry of all believers to enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. Understanding and interpreting this divine calling through the lens of cultural diversity and divergent theological expressions is the core of all activities and experiences in the Praise and Worship Certificate Program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Praise and Worship Certificate holders will be able to:

  1. Articulate a biblical, historical, and contemporary perspective of worship.
  2. Demonstrate practical skills as a performer, songwriter, and platform presenter in order to assimilate in to the common worship pastor practices into today's North American contemporary church.
  3. Demonstrate skills in the area of leadership, planning, and management in order to function within a staff as well as laity driven organizations.
  4. Integrate common essential practices of a worship pastor in cross-denominational and/or non-denominational evangelical lines.
  5. Be prepared to enter a related ministry position within a local church, church planting/mission field, and/or denominational structure or to pursue further education.

Program Regulations

Students choosing to apply for acceptance into the certificate program must submit a video audition (NPWI.com) to the program's administrators. Upon recommendation by the administrators, the student will be invited to a live audition for final consideration and acceptance into the program. Additional placement procedures include proficiency examinations in music theory (written and aural), guitar, and functional keyboard skills. Placement in the appropriate theory classes, guitar class, and keyboard class will be based on these examinations.

Praise and Worship Certificate

First Year Certificate

Session I

7 hours

NPW

2040

Spiritual Formation I

(1)

NPW

2200

Essentials of Vocal Production

(1)

NPW

2100

Music Theory I/Aural Theory I

(1)

NPW

2510

Praise and Worship Choir I

(1)

NPW

2530

Applied Instrumental/Vocal Instruction I

(1)

NPW

2450

Foundations of Music Industry

(1)

NPW

2710

Worship Band Practicum I

(1)

Session II

7 hours

NPW

2410

Worship Ministry Leadership I

(1)

NPW

2430

Notation and Recording Technology

(1)

NPW

2105

Music Theory II/Aural Theory II

(1)

NPW

2515

Praise and Worship Choir II

(1)

NPW

2535

Applied Instrumental/Vocal Instruction II

(1)

NPW

4600

Live Sound Internship

(1)

NPW

2715

Worship Band Practicum II

(1)

Session III

7 hours

NPW

2210

Conducting I (choral emphasis)

(1)

NPW

2540

Applied Instrumental/Vocal Instruction III

(1)

NPW

2720

Worship Band Practicum III

(1)

NPW

4430

Relationships and Worship Leading

(1)

NPW

2050

Worship in the Bible

(1)

NPW

2320

Songwriting I

(1)

NPW

2850

Worship Pastor Internship I

(1)

Session IV

7 hours

NPW

2440

Principles of Sound, Recording, and Related Technology I

(1)

NPW

2330

Songwriting II

(1)

NPW

2870

Studio Internship

(1)

NPW

2600

Applied Instrumental/Vocal Instruction IV

(1)

NPW

2725

Worship Band Practicum IV

(1)

NPW

2550

Praise and Worship Choir III

(1)

NPW

3220

Band Arranging

(1)

Session V

7 hours

NPW

2055

Worship in the Christian Church

(1)

NPW

4525

Applied Instrumental/Vocal Instruction V

(1)

NPW

4830

Mission Experience I

(1)

NPW

4420

Organizational Leadership

(1)

NPW

3410

The Art of Platform Presentation

(1)

NPW

3070

Theological Lyric Writing and Lyric Analysis I

(1)

NPW

2730

Worship Band Practicum V

(1)

Second Year Certificate

 

Session VI

7 hours

NPW

4010

Concentrated Study of Psalms

(1)

NPW

2110

Music Theory III/Aural Theory III

(1)

NPW

3440

Principles of Sound, Recording, and Related Technology II

(1)

NPW

3500

Praise and Worship Choir IV

(1)

NPW

3320

Songwriting III

(1)

NPW

4710

Worship Band Practicum VI

(1)

NPW

4730

Applied Instrumental/Vocal Instruction VI

(1)

Session VII

6 hours

NPW

3210

Conducting II (orchestral emphasis)

(1)

NPW

2420

Worship Ministry Leadership II

(1)

NPW

3330

Songwriting IV

(1)

NPW

3075

Theological Lyric Writing and Lyric Analysis II

(1)

NPW

4510

Praise and Worship Choir V

(1)

NPW

4715

Worship Band Practicum VII

(1)

Session VIII

6 hours

NPW

3230

Orchestration

(1)

NPW

4020

Biblical Foundations for Ministry I

(1)

NPW

3430

Hymnology

(1)

NPW

3445

Foundations of Music Publishing

(1)

NPW

2860

Worship Pastor Internship II

(1)

NPW

4720

Worship Band Practicum VIII

(1)

Session IX

6 hours

NPW

3415

The Art of Working in and through Denominations

(1)

NPW

4025

Biblical Foundations for Ministry II

(1)

NPW

3040

Spiritual Formation II

(1)

NPW

2115

Jazz and Pop Theory

(1)

NPW

4725

Worship Band Practicum IX

(1)

NPW

4840

Mission Experience II

(1)

Required Proficiencies:

NPW

3600

Keyboard Proficiency

(0)

NPW

3605

Guitar Proficiency

(0)

Praise and Worship Certificate Course Descriptions

PRAISE AND WORSHIP

NPW 2040 Spiritual Formation I (1)

Explores the meaning of being human in relationship to a relational God. It will emphasize the mission of God in the world and the student's role in that world.

NPW 2050 Worship in the Bible (1)

Explores how worship evolved in the Old Testament from creation until the early Christian church.

NPW 2055 Worship in the Christian Church (1)

Explores worship in the early Christian church up to present day.

NPW 2100 Music Theory I/Aural Theory I (1)

Students will be expected to compose and analyze music appropriate to the styles studied from the Medieval to 20th Century periods. The teaching of aural skills in music theory focusing on both diction and sight singing with the single goal of developing internal musical perception and the ability to hear musical relationships accurately and with understanding.

NPW 2105 Music Theory II/Aural Theory II (1)

Students will be expected to compose and analyze music appropriate to the styles studied from the 20th Century to present day. The teaching of aural skills in music theory focusing on both diction and sight singing with the single goal of developing internal musical perception and the ability to hear musical relationships accurately and with understanding.

NPW 2110 Music Theory III/Aural Theory III (1)

Students will be expected to compose and analyze music using the Nashville Number System and chord progressions.

NPW 2115 Jazz and Pop Theory (1)

An introduction to the language of jazz and pop including jazz improvisation with emphasis to rhythms, articulations, style, harmony, melody, forms, simple analysis, chord/scale relationships, ear training and keyboard harmony.

NPW 2200 Essentials of Vocal Production (1)

Designed to teach the history of the bel-canto method of singing as well as to teach how the voice works.

NPW 2210 Conducting I (choral emphasis) (1)

Explores the fundamentals of beat patterns, score mechanics and score reading, regular and irregular meters, gesture design, left-hand cueing, and rehearsal techniques.

NPW 2320 Songwriting I (1)

Students will learn the foundational skills for songwriting and use the tools to create a personal journal of prayer, commemoration, celebration, lament, and scripture memorization.

NPW 2330 Songwriting II (1)

Students will learn to tell the stories of others through songwriting.

NPW 2410 Worship Ministry Leadership I (1)

A foundational level survey-type course covering the foundational broad brushstroke of what leadership in the church is for the leader of the worship experience. In this course, students will learn leadership concepts (biblical leadership, servant leadership, philosophies of leadership, etc.), discover the purpose of worship and how leadership and the purpose of worship play out into planning a worship experience.

NPW 2420 Worship Ministry Leadership II (1)

Continuation of Worship Ministry Leadership I: A foundational level survey-type course covering the foundational broad brushstroke of what leadership in the church is for the leader of the worship experience. In this course, students will learn leadership concepts (biblical leadership, servant leadership, philosophies of leadership, etc.), discover the purpose of worship and how leadership and the purpose of worship play out into planning a worship experience.

NPW 2430 Notation and Recording Technology (1)

Designed for the entering NPWI student, the music-writing program, Finale, will be learned with a hands-on format. Finale is the basic language of the music theory category in the NPWI and is basic to all writing courses that follow. Additional topics will include creation and formatting of graphics and General MIDI files for web delivery.

NPW 2440 Principles of Sound, Recording, and Related Technology I (1)

Designed to familiarize the student with the basic concepts and multiple aspects of recording audio. Topics covered include the history of recording, basic signal flow, major components of audio, digital theory, and basic DAW. Designed to familiarize the student with the basic concepts and multiple aspects of recording audio. Topics covered include the history of recording, basic signal flow, major components of audio, digital theory, and basic DAW operations.

NPW 2450 Foundations of Music Industry (1)

Study of the theoretical foundation of the music industry with special emphasis given to practical applications. This course is an in-depth study of organizations and a general overview of the industry.

NPW 2510 Praise and Worship Choir I (1)

Learn important techniques for successful praise and worship ensemble singing. Perform a variety of choral repertoire and participate in a production with the community.

NPW 2515 Praise and Worship Choir II (1)

Learn important techniques for successful praise and worship ensemble singing. Perform a variety of choral repertoire and participate in a production with the community.

NPW 2530 Applied Instrumental/Vocal Instruction I (1)

Students will study with a private instructor using their primary instrument.

NPW 2535 Applied Instrumental/Vocal Instruction II (1)

Students will study with a private instructor using their primary instrument.

NPW 2540 Applied Instrumental/Vocal Instruction III (1)

Students will study with a private instructor using their primary instrument.

NPW 2550 Praise and Worship Choir III (1)

Learn important techniques for successful praise and worship ensemble singing. Perform a variety of choral repertoire and participate in a production with the community.

NPW 2600 Applied Instrumental/Vocal Instruction IV (1)

Students will study with a private instructor using their primary instrument.

NPW 2710 Worship Band Practicum I (1)

Worship Bands will rehearse and learn standard praise and worship music for a variety of purposes: Swivel worship, mission curriculum, recordings, performances, and songwriting courses.

NPW 2715 Worship Band Practicum II (1)

Worship Bands will rehearse and learn standard praise and worship music for a variety of purposes: Swivel worship, mission curriculum, recordings, performances, and songwriting courses.

NPW 2720 Worship Band Practicum III (1)

Worship Bands will rehearse and learn standard praise and worship music for a variety of purposes: Swivel worship, mission curriculum, recordings, performances, and songwriting courses.

NPW 2725 Worship Band Practicum IV (1)

Worship Bands will rehearse and learn standard praise and worship music for a variety of purposes: Swivel worship, mission curriculum, recordings, performances, and songwriting courses.

NPW 2730 Worship Band Practicum V (1)

Worship Bands will rehearse and learn standard praise and worship music for a variety of purposes: Swivel worship, mission curriculum, recordings, performances, and songwriting courses.

NPW 2850 Worship Pastor Internship I (1)

This internship is designed to train the student in various aspects of ministry in order that he/she may be equipped to serve North American churches across a wide range of denominations and in other capacities of ministry involvement around the world. Specific to Worship Pastor Internship I is an observation relationship with two worship pastors across differing denominations (and/or non-denominational).

NPW 2860 Worship Pastor Internship II (1)

This internship is designed to train the student in various aspects of ministry in order that he/she may be equipped to serve North American churches across a wide range of denominations and in other capacities of ministry involvement around the world. Specific to Worship Pastor Internship II is a mentoring relationship with a worship pastor in the denomination (and/or non-denomination) of the students primary worship heritage.

NPW 2870 Studio Internship (1)

This hands-on experience internship enables the student to intern at a recording studio for a selected period of time.

NPW 3040 Spiritual Formation II (1)

Introduces the student to the primary disciplines of the Christian faith including prayer, scripture reading, worship, accountability, and service.

NPW 3070 Theological Lyric Writing and Lyric Analysis I (1)

Explores the understanding that congregations sing their theology. Students will learn how to discern the discrepancies of theological understanding and teaching in songs sung in the Christian faith.

NPW 3075 Theological Lyric Writing and Lyric Analysis II (1)

A continuation of Theological Lyric Writing and Lyric Analysis I, which explores the understanding that congregations sing their theology. Students will learn how to discern the discrepancies of theological understanding and teaching in songs sung in the Christian faith.

NPW 3210 Conducting II (orchestral emphasis) (1)

Continuation of skill learning in Conducting I with emphasis given in score reading, rehearsal techniques, expressive conducting, score interpretation, and repertoire. Prerequisite: Conducting I

NPW 3220 Band Arranging (1)

Designed for students to arrange music for a standard 4-5 piece ensemble.

NPW 3230 Orchestration (1)

Designed for students to arrange music for a standard 4-5 piece ensemble.

NPW 3320 Songwriting III (1)

Students will learn the art of communicating for another through song - specifically, the Church.

NPW 3330 Songwriting IV (1)

Students will explore ways that songwriting can spread the gospel, utilizing all pre-requisite tools from Songwriting I, II, and III to that end. The writer will create for self, other artists/bands, and the corporate singing church, in order to spread the good news of Jesus Christ over the earth.

NPW 3410 The Art of Platform Presentation (1)

A survey of formats and styles in relationship to the visual aspect of the on- stage and on-camera performance presentation. This will be experienced in context of solo / individual presentations.

NPW 3415 The Art of Working In and Through Denominations (1)

An historical, theological, and polity overview of Protestant/Evangelical mainline denominations in North America with attention to comparative analyses of similar theology, worship practices, and governing structures. Emphasis will be given to the Bishop/Overseer structure of church/denominational mission in comparison to the autonomy of the church and the relationship with its denominational mission.

NPW 3430 Hymnology (1)

An historical and theologically-informed overview of Christian congregational song, ranging from Old Testament psalms to contemporary praise-worship songs, from traditional Western hymnody to global hymnody with attention to cultural context and performance practices.

NPW 3440 Principles of Sound, Recording, and Related Technology II (1)

Hands-on experience provided in several methods of mixing and recording different instruments and vocalists to produce a variety of musical effects while planning and conducting actual recording sessions involving student Hands-on experience provided in several methods of mixing and recording different instruments and vocalists to produce a variety of musical effects while planning and conducting actual recording sessions involving student performers.

NPW 3445 Foundations of Music Publishing (1)

An overview of music publishing including contracts, catalog development, song development, current copyright law, and current economic and legal challenges in the music industry.

NPW 3500 Praise and Worship Choir IV (1)

Learn important techniques for successful praise and worship ensemble singing. Perform a variety of choral repertoire and participate in a production with the community.

NPW 3600 Keyboard Proficiency (0)

An examination of piano keyboard proficiency in five areas including the basics, chords and charts, scales and inversions, improvisation, and accompanying. The exam will be given the first week of each session. Students are required to pass all five areas before completion of the certificate program.

NPW 3605 Guitar Proficiency (0)

An examination of guitar proficiency in five areas including the basics, chords and charts, scales and inversions, improvisation, and accompanying. The exam will be given the first week of each session. Students are required to pass all five areas before completion of the certificate program.

NPW 4010 Concentrated Study of the Psalms (1)

Explores the book of Psalms as it functioned as the first hymnbook for the people of God. It will especially focus upon the major psalm types, their design, and their function in corporate worship.

NPW 4020 Biblical Foundations for Ministry I (1)

Explores the biblical images of prophet, priest, king, and teacher as the basis for examining the biblical foundations for the life and practice of ministry.

NPW 4025 Biblical Foundations for Ministry II (1)

Explores the nature of the ministry of Jesus in the Gospels and the manner in which the apostle Paul interacts with the various churches under his care and supervision as a biblical basis for an understanding of Christian ministry.

NPW 4420 Organizational Leadership (1)

Students will learn the art of organization including planning services, budgeting, and time management.

NPW 4430 Relationships and Worship Leading (1)

Designed to develop relational skills to work effectively with volunteers and laity.

NPW 4510 Praise and Worship Choir V (1)

Learn important techniques for successful praise and worship ensemble singing. Perform a variety of choral repertoire and participate in a production with the community.

NPW 4525 Applied Instrumental/Vocal Instruction V (1)

Students will study with a private instructor using their primary instrument.

NPW 4600 Live Sound Internship (1)

This hands-on experience internship enables the student to intern with the audio personnel at a church for a selected period of time.

NPW 4710 Worship Band Practicum VI (1)

Worship Bands will rehearse and learn standard praise and worship music for a variety of purposes: Swivel worship, mission curriculum, recordings, performances, and songwriting courses.

NPW 4715 Worship Band Practicum VII (1)

Worship Bands will rehearse and learn standard praise and worship music for a variety of purposes: Swivel worship, mission curriculum, recordings, performances, and songwriting courses.

NPW 4720 Worship Band Practicum VIII (1)

Worship Bands will rehearse and learn standard praise and worship music for a variety of purposes: Swivel worship, mission curriculum, recordings, performances, and songwriting courses.

NPW 4725 Worship Band Practicum IX (1)

Worship Bands will rehearse and learn standard praise and worship music for a variety of purposes: Swivel worship, mission curriculum, recordings, performances, and songwriting courses.

NPW 4730 Applied Instrumental/Vocal Instruction VI (1)

Students will study with a private instructor using their primary instrument.

NPW 4830 Mission Experience I (1)

A local on-site ministry experience observing the responsibilities of a worship pastor and ministry volunteers each weekend, as well as any special events, during the session.

NPW 4840 Mission Experience II (1)

NPWI worship bands will be placed in a church plant to assist the local congregation through leading worship music, training a worship team, and ministering throughout the community to help market the new church. The bands will be under the supervision of the church plant staff and an assigned NPWI staff member.