Welcome Worship Academy Prospective Students!

On March 16, 2016 we launched the Steele Creek Church of Charlotte Worship Arts Academy! The academy is the first step towards realizing one of the key milestones of the five year vision presented on our Twenty Year Anniversary in September 2015. Our goal here is to cast the vision for this academy and to give you details on how to register your student and become involved!

Worship Arts Academy

  • Vision - (What we see): The worship arts academy exists to see artists equipped to present the truth of the Gospel through the worship and technical arts.

  • Mission - (What we do): We teach, equip, and multiply artists and techies to serve the church.

  • Strategy - (How we do it): We mentor students to serve the church by equipping them with a mindset (Romans 12:1) of worship and a skillset of excellence (Psalm 33:3).


Who can join the academy?

  • We welcome students of all ages and skill levels. Our focus is on students because our mission is to train students to serve the church. However, we offer music lessons to everyone, giving priority to students and covenant members of our church.

How are the lessons offered?

  • Each music lesson is thirty minutes long.

  • The cost for each lesson is $25. The instructors are employees of the church so checks will be made payable to Steele Creek Church of Charlotte, subject line Worship Academy.  

  • The academy offers lessons in quarterly blocks. Each quarter is made up of twelve weekly lessons. Because we are starting in March of 2016, the last quarter will have fewer lessons.

  • There are two options for payment:

    • Option 1 - Single payment of $300 is made at enrollment

    • Option 2 - One payment of $150 is made at the time of enrollment and at the 7th lesson

What is the time commitment for my student to be successful?

  • Daily practice: Each student should be prepared to practice their instrument as often as possible, ideally 30 minutes, 4-5 days per week.

  • Daily devotion: Older students will be given a devotion from the worship initiative website.  The instructor will pray with the students and encourage them to make a commitment to learning scriptural principles.

  • Weekly lesson with instructor

Do I need to have an instrument at home?

  • Yes. The academy does not provide instruments to students.

How are instructors chosen?

  • Each instructor is an employee of the church and has been through our screening and hiring process.

  • Instructors are vetted by our worship arts pastor and the worship arts ministry team.

  • Instructors must demonstrate:

    • Excellence on their instrument.

    • Skillset to teach students the foundational elements of music.

    • Mindset to mentor students to serve the church with their musical gifts.

What will the lesson experience be like for the student?

  • Teachers will utilize two main components for curriculum, one that focuses on musical technique, and one that focuses on worship technique.

  • Musical Technique: Each instructor will choose the material they feel best equips the student musically.

  • Worship Technique: Teachers will use an online teaching resource called The Worship Initiative to teach students the skills necessary play with other praise band musicians. This resource will provide:

  • Individual instrument studies of popular worship songs. For example, a guitar/piano/drum/bass student studying the song “Good Good Father” will find a video demonstrating the song being played on their particular instrument.

  • Each song includes a chord chart listed both as chords and Nashville numbers.

  • Each song includes a devotion that will be reviewed at every lesson.

  • The website has a wealth of other resources to equip students!

What happens if my student misses a lesson?

  • Missed lessons are non-refundable and are not rescheduled.

  • The academy instructors are employees of the church and are paid to be at the church during your time slot every week.

  • We require students to prepay for lessons to prevent the academy from being a financial liability to the church.

What happens if the instructor misses a lesson?

  • The student can choose one of three options:

    • The instructor will make up the lesson

    • The student will be issued a lesson credit

    • The student will be issued a refund for the missed lesson

  • The instructor will be responsible to contact the student before the lesson through email or text message.

So Are You Ready To Rock?

If you would like to get involved with the worship academy, please full out the worship academy enrollment form below. 

Student Name *
Student Name
Contact Phone (Parent): *
Contact Phone (Parent):
Parent Name *
Parent Name
Worship Academy Info
Please indicate the area of instruction you would like to receive *
Musical Assessment
Which instrument(s) do you play? *
In this next section, you will be asked to make your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th choice for a time slot. Please note that our Piano and Drum instructors DO NOT offer lessons until 5pm


Here are some important reminders about the SCCC Worship Arts Academy:


  • The Fall Semester will begin Wednesday September 6.
  • Payment plans and Academy policies can be found on the websites below. Please remember if you cannot come to a lesson you are still responsible for payment as we have our instructors present and ready and they have to be paid for their time. (You have 2 options; 1 payment of $300 at the start of the quarter or 2 payments of $150; one at start of quarter and one on due at the first lesson.)

  • If for some reason you miss this first week and are still interested in the academy let us know as we should still be able to accommodate your student.
  • If your student wishes to continue with the academy but you have an outstanding balance you may email Danielle to get balance and payment information.  We will be able to schedule your student as soon as balances are paid.  

Please email danielle@steelecreek.org if you have any questions or concerns.

You may begin signing up for Spring/ Summer Quarter at the following addresses:

For new students; CLICK HERE

For existing students; CLICK HERE

Thanks so much for investing in the Art of Worship!