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Sound Foundations: equipping musicians with skills for service

“. . . with my song will I praise Him.” Psalm 28:7

So, you’re a musician! You desire to serve God, and you’re working on building your skill set. Sound Foundations exists for musicians like you!

A three-week course for musicians aged 15 and older, Sound Foundations provides training in a broad variety of topics to take your music and your music ministry to the next level for the glory of God.

Sound Foundations provides opportunities for:

  • One-on-one coaching—on piano, ensemble performance, conducting, and more. Receive customized tips to take your performance skills to the next level
  • Choral/instrumental training—join your classmates in energizing vocal and instrumental workouts through rich repertoire in a creative and engaging environment
  • Music theory and composition classes—from learning music notation to actually writing your own simple songs, these classes will bring music to life for you! Hymn history—mine the rich depths of the great hymns of the faith and learn how you can use them to point others to Christ
  • Presentations on practical topics—possibilities include children’s choir and ministry, copyright navigation, music pedagogy, hymn improvisation, basic orchestrations, conducting, church music ministry, building a Biblical worldview of music, navigating notation software, how to develop and operate your own music business, and more!

What our past students are saying:

“After looking back on over a decade of experience as a church musician, professional pianist, instructor, and recording artist, I’m grateful to say that this course gave me the foundation for my musical journey. The dynamic instructors met me at my musical level, giving me indispensable tools to use professionally and in music ministry. In addition, they mentored us students as individuals, and pointed us to Christ as the Giver of gifts. I wholeheartedly recommend Sound Foundations 2019 for all young musicians with a heart to serve Christ with their gifts!” —Anna Ferraro, Sound Foundations Class of 2008

2019 Course Date: July 15–August 3

Early bird rate: $950 (ends June 1)

Regular rate: $1,200 (after June 1)

Tuition includes:

  • Three weeks of lodging and meals
  • Private lessons with instructors and participation in masterclasses
  • All course materials, including a complete course binder with session notes for classes, a personal hymnal, and additional books and related resources

Multiple siblings from the same family interested in attending? A $100 discount per additional student from the same family is currently being offered. Don’t delay, register today!



Aaron Baker

  • A skilled vocalist, pianist, arranger, and church music leader, Aaron has a heart to equip the next generation of church musicians with skills for ministry.

Brian Fox

  • A passionate conductor and teacher with decades of experience, Brian brings to every ensemble he works with exuberant energy and a higher level of excellence.

Carol Blair

  • An outstanding hymnologist with a passion for singing the hymns that she studies, Carol Blair’s teaching brings the hymns of the faith to life.

Daniel Ziesemer

  • A brilliant classical violinist, Daniel Ziesemer brings to this course twenty-eight years of musical experience as a soloist, arranger, and publisher.

Anna Ferraro

  • Anna Ferraro is an award-winning pianist on a mission to glorify God and edify others through excellent and uplifting music.

Susannah Hulin

  • A pianist, violinist, and violist with a passion for teaching, Susannah is also the composer of countless original songs.

David Waller

  • The director of ATI and the Sound Foundations course, David is an energetic song leader and church musician on a mission to equip young people will skills to serve God with all their hearts.


Register for the 2019 Sound Foundations (July 15–August 3, 2019):


Pricing includes lodging and meals for the duration of the course.

$1200 Regular
$950 Early Bird Registration before June 1st