EST. 1985

The Summer of Music (SOM) is a ministry outreach training program, geared towards the musician’s relationship with God and using music in ministry. The program consists of a lecture phase, a cross-cultural outreach and a time of debriefing. The heart of the SOM is to know God and make Him known. Topics during the lecture phase include ‘Foundations of the Christian Faith’, ‘The Character and Nature of God’, ‘Worship and Intercession’, ‘Relationships’, ‘Evangelism’, ‘Creativity’ and many more. Also during the lecture phase students rehearse together in bands preparing to use music as the main tool of ministry during the outreach portion of the program. The outreach time will take the students cross-culturally, enabling them to utilize their gifts and skills in sharing the Gospel. Ministry includes a variety of settings, from churches, camps, and schools to bars, clubs and street corners, from using music in performance to serving others in practical ways.  We end with a debriefing to discuss and adjust from outreach.

Lecture Phase

SOM begins with a few beautiful summer weeks of training here in Lakeside. During the lecture phase students can expect solid teaching on aspects of the Christian faith and relationship with God. Mornings are devoted to worship and lecture, covering matters such as: Sound 101, Mic and Instrument Technique, Band Dynamics and Song Writing. Afternoons are packed with rehearsals, building relationships and preparing bands for the outreach portion of SOM.


Teaching on aspects of the Christian's relationship with God.

Corporate Worship and Prayer

We will take time each week to join together as a group to worship God, declare the goodness of His character, and pray for other people and places.

Small Groups

Processing together as staff and students in smaller groups.


Band Rehearsal

Rehearsing songs together as a band that will be used on outreach.

Work Duties

At YWAM Montana we believe in a servant-hearted attitude and lifestyle. So as a part of the school curriculum, you will serve in different areas on our campus  during the week. You will serve in areas like: Meal prep, Meal clean-up, housekeeping, facilities, maintenance, etc.

Additional Weekly Group Activities

Additional activities throughout the time may include hiking in Glacier National Park, bonfires, barbecues, swimming in Flathead Lake, Tubing down the Swan River and other fun adventures.


Staff meet with students one-on-one once a week for further processing and discipleship.


At the end of lecture phase, bands pack up their equipment and head overseas for outreach. Musicians are given the opportunity to share their faith through music and practical service with local churches and ministries. Bands will return to Lakeside for a time of debriefing.

School Leaders
Skylar Brown

Skylar Brown grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington. He grew up in church leading worship and playing in bands, and did a DTS with YWAM Montana – Lakeside in 2011 where he went on outreach to India. In 2013 he moved to Lakeside with his wife, Katie, and joined the Worship Arts Department, teaching in different areas on base and traveling to Mexico, the Dominican Republic and multiple locations down the West Coast with bands to lead worship and do evangelism.

Katie Brown

Katie Brown grew up in Bremerton, Washington. She moved to Lakeside in 2013 with her husband, Skylar, and did DTS immediately. She went on outreach to Mexico with DTS, and then the following Spring took another trip to Mexico with the School Of Worship outreach. After this she joined full-time staff and manages the coffee shop on the base.