TWO 15-week Christian songwriting courses will be presented by well-known Eastern Cape musician and theologian Jerome Dempsey in Uitenhage from this weekend.
Dempsey, who has a PhD in theology, has written and recorded many songs, and teaches students to play the guitar, bass guitar and drums.
He was the backing guitarist for ’50s and ’60s music star Matt Munro, acclaimed French singer Yves Brannellec and US vocal trio the Realistics in the 1980s, and performed widely in the Eastern Cape and beyond, before making a break from secular music in 2002 to devote himself fully to the ministry.
The first course starts on Saturday and will run every Saturday thereafter, at 2pm.
There is also a second 15-week course being offered that will run every Thursday at 7pm, starting next week on May 8.
Each intensive course can accommodate up to 20 people, and each class will last two to three hours.
“Anybody who wants to write Christian songs to praise and worship God, or spiritual songs that encourage and build people up, is encouraged to attend,” Dempsey said.
The courses are also aimed at worship leaders, church musicians, high school pupils from the Christian Students’ Association, anyone with a music ministry, as well as gospel singers who want to write their own songs.
“Anybody who is already writing songs, but wants to improve his or her craft, as well as those who are part of a cell- or home-group, will also benefit. – Louise Liebenberg
“Through working together as a team the sessions will be fun and informative, and provide an opportunity to use the theory practically by writing songs,” said Dempsey, who spent nearly three years on researching and planning the courses, and writing the course material.
The sessions would deal with collaboration, the origin of music worship in the Bible, and current musical applications, among other topics. Attention would also be paid to genres, the elements of music and creativity, as well as inspiration from within and without, he said.
The courses will be presented in association with Genesis Recording, an audio production facility specialising in new solo artists, and will take place at 14 Preller Road in Janssensdal, Uitenhage, opposite the Riebeek College hostel.
It is not necessary for participants to be able to read music or play an instrument.
For more information, contact Dempsey on e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 082-677-2666.