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Westside School of Music

Lindsay Parnell
Westside Youth Worship Director

Westside’s School of Music is right around the corner, and I can’t tell you how excited we are for it! We are taking 5 weeks to cultivate community and teach our young musicians all about what it means to worship, and serve on a worship team. We will eat dinner together, have a short teaching on the heart of worship, and then break out into groups according to instrument. The instruments we will be teaching this year are acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, drums, and keys, which will be taught by some of the best Jesus loving musicians around!

The idea for School of Music first came about around 10 years ago. We recognized the need to raise up and teach young musicians the heart behind worship. We dreamed of how awesome it would be to have a dedicated time and place to do just that. The resources just weren’t there a decade ago, but the dream had staying power, and year after year, it remained, as did the need to raise people up. Well, the time has come!

We recognized the need to raise up and teach young musicians the heart behind worship. We dreamed of how awesome it would be to have a dedicated time and place to do just that.

Music is a powerful thing – we see thousands and thousands pay hundreds of dollars to attend the concert of a big name band. They lift their hands and sing at the top of their lungs to music. People are moved to tears, or moved to shout. How much more should we be giving that same type of passion, and attention to the music that glorifies our God? How can we expect our young people to do that, if no one teaches them?

It’s so amazing that we’re able to take a whole month and teach both the practical and the spiritual things about music and playing their instruments. I can’t wait to see how our students grow! But I’m most excited to see what God is going to do in the hearts and minds of these young people. I believe He is going to awaken a passion in them to see God lifted high above every other thing, and to stir up the faith that He’s going to use them to do it.

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