About Dr. Ken Steorts


marketplace-images-017Dr. Ken Steorts (pronounced ‘storts’) is the founder and president of Visible Music College in Memphis, Tennessee and founding guitarist of the Grammy-nominated band Skillet. Ken left Skillet in 1999 to build Visible Music College, an accredited, bachelor degree granting institution of higher education in music, music production, and music business for artists, musicians, worship leaders, audio technicians, music business professionals, and ministry bands (see www.visible.edu).

After having spent years leading and training worship teams and bands, earning a Master of Music in Composition and BFA in Commercial Music – Recording Technology at the University of Memphis, touring as a Dove Award-nominated songwriter/musician, and working in management as well as marketing within the music industry, Ken received his Doctorate in Sociological Research at Oxford Graduate School.

Ken also presides over Madison Line Records, a non-profit record label, which facilitates and supports regional music groups into the modern church and to the mainstream media through quality recordings, concert promotion, artist development, and internet marketing. Ken writes and performs with his three-piece modern rock band, “the beep”.

Ken is a 2013 Visionary Award winner, presented by the Downtown Memphis Commission and a 2016 Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Community Service Award winner.

Ken is happily married to his wife Joy and they have two musical sons, Freedman and Skye.

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Teaching Subjects from Ken:

Courses Designed/Taught at college level:

Music Theory

Artist Management

Worship Leading


Event Promotion

Music Biz Legal Issues

Intro to Music Business

Worship History

History of CCM

Class Guitar/Guitar Lessons

Audio Production

Recording Techniques

Publishing Administration

Publicity and Promotion

Commercial Music Seminar

Missional Leadership

Seminars Led/Speaking Engagement Topics:

How to Start a Worship School at Your Church (NWLC 2016)

One Week to Turn Around Your Worship Team (NWLC 2016)

Higher Education Impact on Worship Teams (NWLC 2015)

Music Education and You: EIEIO (Grammy in the Schools 2009)

Songwriting Workshop (finishing a book on this subject in 2009)

Death of a Musician: Worship Leader Serving the Minister/Ministry

Team Development and Leadership

Indie Music Opportunities

Local Expression: Writing Songs for Modern Worship

Organizational Development/Systems Creation

The Lion Tamer: Training Young Musicians for Service to God

Creativity and Innovation: The Playground of Education

Numerous sermon topics and spiritual topics

Author: Dave Yauk

Dave Yauk is first a foremost a follower of Jesus. He is Husband to Katie, and Father to 4 wonderful children (Naomi, Jesse, Levi, and Analise). Dave's primary passion is to seek after Gods Glory in all things, and in his contribution you'll find he holds a passion for Theology and all things Beautiful as seen in the Creator, Creativity, Character and Culture. Dave has been privileged to do ministry in over 17 countries. This has been his primary means of education and learning as a follower of Jesus. However, Dave has also had the honor of getting a B.A. from Colorado Christian University in Organizational Management and Christian Leadership, a Master's in Divinity from Liberty University, and a Doctorate in Worship Studies from I.W.S. Dave owns the Garden City Project (an online collaborative marketplace for Christian artists and innovators), Finale School of Music, and teaches online guitar for Jamplay.com. He is also a Professor of Theology, Worship and Missiology at Visible Music College and Grand Canyon University.

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