Music Ministry Institute

The Music Ministry Institute, at Youth With A Mission Lakeside Montana, is a secondary level school which provides focused training and equipping for musicians who are either in full-time music ministry or want to go into full-time music ministry. The 6 month school combines industry standard training, both in musical development and technical experience, with a solid biblical foundation focused on the arts. 5 months of training at our campus in Lakeside, and 1 month of outreach overseas.

WHY: Our current music industry is one that boldly seeks to redefine your very identity through provocation or inspiration. Their message is very clear: “No one else can define you. Only you are qualified to define yourself”. This school is about revealing God’s definitions to a world that is desperate for value and identity, through you as an artist. There is a need for christian musicians to do more than just blend-in with the scene. God has gifted you with a tremendous ability to communicate straight to the hearts of people and He has called you to His purposes. We want to help you discover what His calling is for you and equip you for that calling. Hand in hand with a strong spiritual foundation, we also take a very practical approach to equipping you. Whether serving in the church, working in the studio as a session musician, or a life of touring or even gigging in your local scene, the entertainment sphere’s technical demands on today’s musicians are significant. Having a solid understanding of the various aspects of production (sound, lighting, projection, recording, videography) is critical for the modern musician.

Upcoming Schools

  • Winter 2020

    • Start Date:01/06/20
    • End Date:06/19/20
    • Total Cost:USD 7,000
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    • By Applicant Nationality
    • If you are an International, please email [email protected] to find out the specific apply by date for your country.

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Tuition Information

The complete course cost includes overseas outreach flights and fees. Price is subject to change.

Apply By Dates

The "Apply By Dates" are dates that are generated by your nationality and our estimation of time needed to properly process and acquire all the materials necessary for any student to attend one of our schools. If you have questions about your country specific apply by date, please feel free to email our Admissions Office at [email protected]


Discipleship Training School is a prerequisite. Also, there is a required audition for this program. This can be done via video or in person.

Weekly Schedule

The 3 part curriculum will cover such topics as:

  • Music Theory (including Nashville Number System)
  • Music History
  • Practice & Rehearsals (both group & solo)
  • Evaluations
  • Recitals
  • Gear development (upgrading & maintaining your equipment)
  • Band Dynamics
  • Booking & Promotion


  • Live Audio Systems
  • Dante Certification
  • Intro to live control software (Ableton, OnSong, Multitracks, Playback, etc)
  • Stage Management
  • Recording and Studio work (ProTools, etc)
  • Stage Lighting and Design
  • Video graphics and content (ProPresenter, etc)
  • Camera IMAG systems


  • Biblical Identity
  • Art in Theology
  • Inductive Bible Study Method (SBS)
  • Biblical Sexuality
  • Spiritual Disciplines
  • Worship
  • Biblical Worldview
  • Arts & Technology
  • Missions & Evangelism

Corporate Worship & Intercession 6 Hours/Week

6 Hours/Week

We participate in and facilitate times of worship and intercession both for our campus, and for our school.

Small Groups & 1/1s 3 Hours/Week

3 Hours/Week

Similar to other YWAM schools, we engage in open discussions, sharing, encouragement, and accountability.

Spiritual Development 8 Hours/Week

8 Hours/Week

Training in a classroom setting which will provide a solid biblical and theological foundation for your journey in the sphere of music.

Technical Skillset Development 8 Hours/Week

8 Hours/Week

Hands-on experience with a variety of technical aspects of music, from live sound and lighting to recording studio environments.

Musicianship Class 6 Hours/Week

6 Hours/Week

Covering a variety of applications including music theory and songwriting, personal lessons and practice time, in addition to scheduled recitals.

Work Duties 8 Hours/Week

8 Hours/Week

Logistical ways to serve our campus, including kitchen, facilities, etc.

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(406) - 844 - 2221
YWAM Montana | Lakeside
501 Blacktail Rd.
Lakeside MT, 59922
United States
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