PHASE 1

Fill out an initial application online

Email a video demo link of your playing to mike.beachy@mycrossroads.co . 
You can use your smartphone, tablet, private YouTube or DropBox link, etc.  
The idea here is to give us a base-line idea of what your skill level and experience is.  
While we don’t require you to be a professional musician, we are looking for people who,
with potentially some development if needed, can hold their own with the existing members of the music team.  
(See below for “Development Benchmarks” that are used as a guideline in auditions.)

PHASE 2

Face-to-Face Meeting

We’ll schedule a time to meet up with you, so we can hear more of your heart and background,
and you can discover ours.

7-Day Challenge

We will provide you with several worship songs to work up parts for, and within 7 days,
you will send us video links of you playing those songs along with the tracks.  
While the quality of the video doesn’t have to be stellar, we will be looking for your ability to learn the parts,
having the right tone, tempo control, dynamics, etc.

Personal Development Plan

If you are in need of personal skill development before moving forward,
we may provide resources and ways for you to do that on your own.
We may also choose to work with you closely for a season in order to help you reach the “Development Benchmarks”
needed for success. The length and nature of this part of Phase II varies per individual.

PHASE 3

You made it!  You can now move into regular rotation as an active team member.


DEVELOPMENT BENCHMARKS

 

While being a professional musician is not a requirement for serving in the Praise Band at Crossroads,
we do strive for excellence because we believe it honors God and also allows for a cohesive team that is able to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in creating deeply moving corporate times of worship.  

To that end, below is a list of “development benchmarks”
that are looked for in musicians in Phase II before moving them into full active rotation on Sunday mornings.

- Drums- 

- Comfortable working from mp3’s and chord charts.
- Basic improvisational skills
- Playing, keeping time with, and using a metronome in various common time signatures (4/4,  6/8,  3/4).
- Proficient in playing different genres (i.e. driving rock, ballad, gospel, etc.)
- Comfortable serving as the main band/groove leader
when it comes to the dynamic ebb and flow common in modern worship music.

- Bass -

- Good quality gear.
- Comfortable working from mp3’s and chord charts.
- Basic improvisational skills
- Playing and keeping time with a metronome in various common time signatures (4/4,  6/8,  3/4 ).
- Proficient in playing different genres (i.e. driving rock, ballad, gospel, etc.)
- Solid sense of dynamics, syncopation, and groove needed in common modern worship music.
- Developing ability to hear and play intervals/riffs, scales, and knowledge of common chords in each major key.

- Electric Guitar -

- Good quality gear.
- Comfortable working from mp3’s and chord charts.
- Basic improvisational skills
- Playing and keeping time with a metronome in various common time signatures (4/4,  6/8,  3/4 ).
- Proficient in playing different genres (i.e. driving rock, ballad, gospel, etc.).
- Solid sense of dynamics, syncopation, and being able to produce the “sound” needed for common modern worship music.
This includes having a decent floor/pedal board setup and knowing how to use it to achieve proper sounds.
- Developing ability to hear and play intervals/riffs, scales, knowledge of common chords in each major key,
and chord inversions/voicing at different places along the guitar neck (i.e. CAGE system, etc.)

- Acoustic Guitar- 

- Good quality gear.
- Comfortable working from mp3’s and chord charts.
- Basic improvisational skills
- Playing and keeping time with a metronome in various common time signatures (4/4,  6/8,  3/4).
- Proficient in playing different genres (i.e. driving rock, ballad, gospel, etc.)
- Solid sense of dynamics, syncopation, and groove needed in common modern worship music,
including both strumming and finger-picking.
- Developing ability to hear and play intervals/riffs, scales, knowledge of common chords in each major key,
and chord inversions/voicing at different places along the guitar neck.
- Comfortable using a capo as called for.

- Keyboards -

- Comfortable working from mp3’s and chord charts.
- Basic improvisational skills
- Playing and keeping time with a metronome in various common time signatures (4/4,  6/8,  3/4 ).
- Proficient in playing different genres (i.e. driving rock, ballad, gospel, etc.).
- Solid sense of dynamics, syncopation, and being able to produce the “sound” needed for common modern worship music.
Can use one’s own gear or church keyboards.
This includes knowledge and use of sounds such as piano, pads, strings, leads, organ, etc.
- Ability to pick out by ear important lead piano riffs and rhythms in a recorded song.
- Developing ability to hear and play intervals/riffs, scales, knowledge of common chords in each major key, and chord inversions.