In the last ten to fifteen years, a number of colleges and seminaries have responded to a perceived need for training worship leaders. Most of this effort is focused on contemporary leaders, where in the past the majority of church music programs were more traditional in nature.
I’m not sure if the market is glutted or if demand has been satisfied, but I do wonder if we need some different types of training programs. The internet makes it possible to deliver content through webinars and video conferencing, or by storing videos and transcripts on protected sites. People can develop cohorts and mentoring relationships with students and professors all over the world. Given that money is tight and time is limited for the busy worship leader, I wonder if we need models of education that allow for virtual worship schools? You could do a virtual bootcamp.
The things you would miss are the character component, but most seminaries and colleges don’t do real well at that anyway–it’s the churches job. You can’t help someone master their instrument, but you can demonstrate and even give feedback through videos.
I’d be interested in hearing from folks about this.