Forerunner Music Academy
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Forerunner Music Academy (FMA) equips singers, musicians, and worship leaders in prophetic worship. Training prepares them to fill houses of prayer, local churches, and places of worship all over the earth with intercessory worship that reflects the worth of Christ and releases the power of God.
Many singers and musicians love Jesus, yet lack revelation of God’s power. In this hour, Jesus is placing prophetic music at the forefront of His end-time plan to reveal His heart, release his power, and establish His justice.
Students combine excellent musicianship with intimacy with Jesus, outworked on a worship team, in the context of 24/7 worship-based prayer. We are inspired by King David, who established and funded singers and musicians to sing and prophesy to God on instruments, day and night.
Prior musical training and experience are helpful but not necessary.
Programs of Study
FMA offers one-, two-, and three-year certificates and a four-year diploma. Curriculum for all programs consists of theological study, instruction in music, and practical training on a worship team. Theological training provides students with a solid, biblical framework and teaches them to operate in the power of the Holy Spirit. The music component consists of skill development, theory, ear training, improvisation, and sound production. Each student is placed on a worship team, where training in theology and music converge, providing students with hands-on coaching in a prayer room environment.
After completing the Forerunner Curriculum with freshmen from all IHOPU schools, FMA students choose between the Music Production program and the Prophetic Worship program.
Music Production Program
The Music Production program offers hands-on study of sound production techniques in both live and studio environments. Students receive instruction in the art and science of producing live and recorded music, all the while cultivating the spirit of prophecy.
Students broaden their experience and understanding with practical and classroom instruction, working with world-class equipment, such as Yamaha Digital Consoles, Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton Live, Cubase, and Reason.
Prophetic Worship Program
The Prophetic Worship program supplies the necessary theological, musical, and practical training to cultivate prophetic singers and musicians.
Prayer ministries and churches alike are seeking skilled prophetic singers and musicians who know how to function as a team under the prophetic anointing of the Holy Spirit.
While they are completing the Forerunner Curriculum during their first semester at IHOPU, FMA freshmen are assessed and placed in an appropriate level of our KeysETT and Group Instrument courses.
KeysETT teaches ear training and theory skills on the keyboard in a way that is relevant to participating on a worship team.
Group Instrument courses are group classes for each instrument, i.e. group classes for guitarists, bass players, keyboard players, etc.
There are five levels of KeysETT and Group Instrument courses, and after completing level five of either, students may choose electives in order to focus their study.