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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Christianity, Education, Higher Education, Religion, Special Education

Mission: Visible Music College trains and equips musicians, technicians, and business professionals in skill and character for service in the music industry and the Church. We are uniquely designed for educational ministry to creative Christian musical artists, technicians and those who work alongside them.

Results: hundreds of graduates in music field and churches.

Target demographics: Christian musicians, churches, music industry

Direct beneficiaries per year: 140 students, hundreds of younger kids, artists, churches

Geographic areas served: Memphis, USA, International

Programs: bachelor degree programs, certificates, MA in Leadership

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I am a second year student at Visible Music College, and this year is even better than the first! The staff is so knowledgeable and friendly and caring, and it's great that we are in a new location in downtown Memphis. One thing I love about VMC is that, spiritually speaking, I am taught how to study and search and things like the theology of worship is taught and is correct, without the burden of different denominational rules. Truth is truth and that's all there is. The staff is also extremely talented at their craft; you won't find the same quality of staff anywhere else; from the teachers to receptionists to admissions counselors, this school provides a great atmosphere for learning and growing and helps you when you're struggling. It's amazing!

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently a student in my first year at Visible School. I came from a city and college where I was just another name on a page. Here, I am more than that. The staff consists of the most amazing people I have ever met in one group. Every single one is very personable, personal, and transparent. They go out of their way to help us succeed, and they are great to be around. It amazed me how much time they took to see what my style and personality type was, and fit me in classes with professors that are in the same category. I was and am really impressed with Visible School's attention to detail and community vision. It has fully exceeded my expectations.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently a second year worship leading student at Visible School. Visible is a very unique college that I don't believe any other college could be like. They specifically assign certain classes according to our learning type and personality which has seemed to be very beneficial so far. Honestly without Visible, I don't know if I ever could survive a typical college. The way the teachers and staff get on a personal level with the students is amazing. It would actually be quite an odd thing for a teacher or staff member to not know every student and vice verse, it's that close of a community. I also, love the fact that Visible is not just about academics and really not even just the school community growing together but to take all of that and spread it out to the Memphis community and beyond. Each student here, when they graduate either stays around in the community or goes elsewhere. Either way, they carry on what they have learned and pass it on to a lost and hurting world! So if you are a musician with a call in the ministry, check out Visible School! It may seem too good to be true at first, but it's really just the fact that we have a great God who cares about us to give us such an amazing place to grow.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an instructor at Visible School, and there is no other place I would rather be. The genuine humility and constant displays of servant leadership throughout the entire community find their source not only in the Lord but also directly from the top of the institution, the President of Visible School Ken Steorts. I have seen Ken tirelessly work - early morning after early morning - to provide the staff, the faculty, and most importantly the students of Visible School with the support they each need. As a faculty member, I have every opportunity to bring my concerns, my needs, and my prayer requests to the staff body and even Ken himself. I've never been in this kind of work environment; it is truly a blessing. Also, as an insider seeing the workings of this community, I can say emphatically that the wisdom, mercy, and love of God rest greatly upon the men and women that make Visible School happen. From meetings with prospective students and reviews of applications to senior recitals and graduation blessings, every student at Visible School is covered in prayer. And our heart is to see the city of Memphis and the world changed through God's healing power to His glory. That is why we specifically schedule outreach opportunities in shelters and schools, free public concerts, and other community events where staff and student work alongside one another doing His work and building His kingdom. I am blessed to be a part of Visible School, where I work, learn, and grow with the kingdom-minded, Christ-centered people that make the vision of a new generation of true worshipers totally sold out to Jesus a reality.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a student enrolled in my first year of the three-year program at Visible Music And Worship Arts College. I have only been here for a matter of weeks, and already feel like I am already at home. After attending a very impersonal community college back in my home state of Indiana for two years, I feel like I entered into a whole new world in coming to Visible. The staff here is incredible. They are beyond great at what they do, but they are also relational with us as students. Many of them are working on Masters and Doctorate degrees outside of being a full-time employee here, and yet they still find time to talk/listen to the students. I find myself considering the coolest people at Visible to be the staff and instructors. The student body is great. There are some students that are from around town (Memphis), but most are from out of town, literally coming from coast to coast. This provides a very diverse environment, even with the number of students just barely breaking one hundred people! Coming to Visible was the first time I was living in an area other than my hometown. This was hard for me because I was leaving behind everything I had known of more than twenty years. I was nervous that I would be away from everything I've ever known and walk into this new environment and not feel at home or welcome at all. But the more time I am here, the more comfortable I am. In a nutshell - I can't wait to spend the next three years as a Visible student.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I heard about Visible School through a friend who taught me how to play guitar. Visible School had been in the back of my mind since then (I think that was 9th grade), but my parents insisted that I attend a traditional 4 year school; Visible School only offered a 9-month certificate at the time. Thankfully, our paths crossed later on when I discovered that the college I had been attending had an arrangement with Visible School, where their certificate program could satisfy my degree's minor studies requirement. In the months leading up to my first day at Visible School, I kept meeting Visible School students and staff members throughout the city. They all had a sincere and fun-loving spirit about them. I had considered other post-high school ministry training programs, but none of them exuded this sort of welcoming and hospitable spirit. It is hard to explain. The closest instance of this I can recall was when a friend I met at the first college (who, ironically, had gone to Visible School the year before) was showing me around Visible School's Lakeland campus. A student, who was carrying around a bag of chips, offered me some of his snacks. I know it sounds cheesy, but it was the random kind-spirited interactions with Visible School people that stood out to me. The other ministry programs were nice, but I didn't sense the same sort of transformation in their people. I knew this was where I wanted to be. My experience only got better once I became a student. Though I was only there to complete a certificate in music, I was drawn to their ministry and biblical studies courses and stayed two more years to complete a Bachelors of Ministry in Ministry Praxis (Visible School had completed the necessary requirements to offer a Bachelors degree in addition to their certificate while I was a student). I was a Biblical Studies major at my previous college--and I went back to complete that degree as well--but I found that the content, quality, and rigor of the instruction in Visible School's Ministry Praxis program was significantly better. In practical terms, I wholly attribute my success in graduate education to the time spent at Visible School. Over the course of time spent at Visible School, one theme that has constantly emerged was improvement. Visible School continues to improve its programs, faculty, and facilities. Programs have been improved through increased academic support from the Director of Academic Development to the leadership in each department to the faculty's commitment to the college's mission. Faculty have been improved as the majority of them have pursued further education to better serve the college's mission. Facilities have improved dramatically from the humble beginnings in Lakeland, TN; to the temporary location in midtown Memphis; to the future home in the iconic triangle building in downtown Memphis.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being apart of a community like the one at Visible School help to change my life. Not only did I receive the skills needed to be successful in the world of Music Business but also the understanding that integrity and character are the things that take you very far in the world.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to see Visible School up close and personal. I can testify that they are totally committed to a great academic education with a totally authentic hands on experience, wrapped in a Christ-centered community experience. With full accreditation in hand and a new campus 8 months away, they are poised to be the leader in contemporary music, audio and business eduction for the near future.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I came to Visible School, I had been completely broken by the traditional music education system and had actually quit music altogether. I came to this school because I had timidly begun to lead worship again and wanted to go much deeper into theology and contemporary (as opposed to traditional) music and theory. What I learned was to serve and be healed and free; many students have this type of experience of God moving powerfully through the staff and faculty of Visible School. It's a great place to be real and to grow in the gifts God has given you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to VISIBLE SCHOOL in 2004, looking for a college that would unique and tailored to my specific gifts in music as a Christian. The three years that I spent as a student of VS were life changing. As I was discipled, instructed and loved by the students and faculty I grew into confidence of who I was called to be. There is truly nothing like have the support and friendship of your professors, standing behind you every step of the way. I never felt like a number or just passing through. The community is unlike anything I have ever seen and inspired me to take that with me to whatever church or ministry the Lord calls me to.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Visible School is a unique college that is based upon relationship and a decisively community based academic and spiritual environment. Young musicians who plan to use their talents for ministry or in mainstream music find an artistic community that supports their academic achievement through mentoring, their professional development in one of the great music cities of the world, and a truly accepting Christian community for long term life success in their field.