School of Worship Department


The TAFA School of Worship has a unique worship and Biblical discipleship training program like no other school, designed to equip
students for worship ministry and leadership. We offer 3 levels of worship bands, live-mix tech training, worship leadership and
songwriting. Each worship band can accommodate a drummer, 1 bass player, 1 piano player, 1 keyboards/ synth player, 2 acoustic
guitar players, 2 electric guitars (lead and rhythm) and up to 6 vocalists.

Worship Band I

Worship Band classes will allow students to utilize their talents on their respective instruments in a collaborative way that brings glory to God. Students will be encouraged to study the Bible together and meet occasionally in small groups for discussion of the Bible reading and prayer. They will lead worship with contemporary worship songs and traditional hymn arrangements. Admission by audition.

Worship Band II

The Advanced Praise and Worship Band will allow students to utilize their talents on their respective instruments in an organized and collaborative way that brings glory to God. If a student is a multi-instrumentalist, they may have the opportunity to play several instruments in the band. This class will focus on student training in the processes of leading a team. Students will be accountable to study the Bible and maintain regular quiet times as they develop into worship leaders. Admission by audition/Letter of Recommendation.

Digital Tech

Technicians are an integral part of the worship ministry. This class will prepare teens to serve the local church in the technical arts of sound, lights, computer lyrics, and camera work. Students will study different types of common audio cables and sound boards, and basic lighting instruments for theatrical and church services and productions. The industry standard computer lyrics program, ProPresenter, will be overviewed and techniques discussed for worship leading from that position. The end of the year will include camera basics for DSLR videography and GoPro documentation of live events, with video editing in Final Cut Pro software, and music mixing in Pro Tools software.

Song Writing

The goal of this class is to equip songwriters of all levels with foundational tools to write in any genre and expand their palate of songwriting. We will study and work on creating strong and interesting melodies, song and rhyme structures, as well as the accompaniment. We will be talking through some pop theory that will add diversity in sound to the songwriting process. A portion of the class study will be on how to write for the church for a diverse body of people and how to write theologically sound lyrics. Admission by
Teacher Approval and evaluation for competency on an instrument (e.g., guitar, piano) and carrying a melody vocally.

Leadership Training

This is a foundational class for any juniors/seniors desiring to be a worship leader. Students will be assigned projects that incorporate what they have learned in the training sessions such as planning a worship order, charting songs, planning transitions within a service, and leading a team. Admission by Teacher Approval

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Our Teachers:

Sarah Shannon

School of Worship Department Director
Sarah is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance/Pedagogy.  She began her teaching career in Mesquite ISD. She has been the Director of Choral Studies at TAFA since 1999 and became the Director of the School of Worship in recent years. Sarah has performed in the FW Opera Chorus for five seasons, been a vocal coach for 20 years, harpist for 13 years and volunteered or has been on staff as a worship leader for a combined 20 years.

Claire Weaver

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Burt Brinegar

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