AC: Alphacrucis College

Rev. Dr. Daniel Thornton
L.Mus.A. (Theory), Performer’s Certificate (Piano), PhD, M.Music Tech (Distinction), B.Mus (Composition) (inc), A.Arts in Religious Studies, Certificate IVTAA


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Rev. Dr. Daniel Thornton
Head of Department, Music and Creative Arts

Daniel is a member of the Faculty of EducationFaculty of Theology and School of Vocational Education and Training, and specialises in the following areas: Music and Creative Arts.

Biography

Daniel Thornton: accomplished and awarded songwriter, musician and worship leader, sought-after minister and educator.  He is the world's leading expert on contemporary congregational songs.  He is the Head of Deparment, Music and Creative Arts at Alphacrucis College, and serves local churches and their worship teams around the globe as well as being engaged as a professional composer and performer.
From 2007 - 2010, Daniel served as the Music Pastor at Paradise Community Church (Adelaide, South Australia) and previously as the Worship and Associate Pastor at North Shore Christian Centre in Sydney Australia for over 8 years.
He regularly produces/records and releases Worship CDs/DVDs including Christmas Presence, For Worshipers, from Worshipers, Daniel|Piano|Worship Classics 2, It is Well - Instrumentals (2011)Worship Classics (2010), Above All Else (2010), One Heart (2009), Worship Always (2009), Paradise(2008), It is Well - Vol 2(2007), It is Well - Vol 1(2006), Beyond Words (2004), and many more. Some of these recordings/performances are featured weekly on the NSCC TV show LifeSource and the Paradise TV shows.
His songs are sung in churches around the world including “Father”, “Come into the House” and “Presence Beautiful”. Daniel’s passion is to connect people with God and see the church rise to its fullest potential.
Daniel has performed a starring role on in an Off-Broadway premiere at the Duke Theatre on 42nd Street, New York of the new musical “Angels“.  His recent starring roles in musical theatre productions also include, Godspell, !Hero and The Prodigal.
Six years at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a music scholarship to London provided much of Daniel's formal training. During that time, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and other prestigious ensembles performed his compositions. After completing his studies, Daniel was appointed Music Director for Penrith Christian Fellowship Centre, then Penrith City Church and later Worship Pastor at C3 Mt Annan.
Daniel is an ordained minister with the Australian Christian Churches.  His formal qualifications encompass Ph.D., M.Music Technology (Distinction), A.Arts (Religious Studies), L.Mus.A. (Theory), Performers Certificate T.C.L.(Piano) and a Cert IV Training and Assessment.
He has owned and run two private music schools, and also lectured for many years at a number of colleges including Hillsong College and the Paradise College of Ministry.
Daniel and his wife Kris have been married for 22yrs and have 3 teenage children.

Currently Teaching

CUFCMP301A - Implement copyright arrangementsCUFCMP501A - Manage and exploit copyright arrangementsCUSIND301B - Work effectively in the music industryCUSIND401A - Develop specialist expertise in the music industryCUSIND501A - Apply music knowledge and artist judgmentCUSLED501A - Provide instrumental or vocal tuitionCUSLED502A - Provide tuition for compositionCUSMCP302A - Write song lyricsCUSMCP303A - Develop simple musical pieces using electronic mediaCUSMCP401A - Develop techniques for arranging musicCUSMCP402A - Develop techniques for composing musicCUSMCP502A - Compose music for screenCUSMLT301A - Apply knowledge of genre to music makingCUSMLT302A - Develop and apply aural-perception skillsCUSMLT401A - Notate music for performanceCUSMLT501A - Refine aural-perception skillsCUSMPF203A - Develop ensemble skills for playing or singing musicCUSMPF301A - Develop technical skills in performanceCUSMPF302A - Prepare for performancesCUSMPF304A - Make a music demoCUSMPF305A - Develop improvisation skillsCUSMPF401A - Rehearse music for group performancesCUSMPF404A - Perform music as part of a groupCUSMPF405A - Develop instrumental techniquesCUSMPF407A - Develop vocal techniquesCUSMPF410A - Perform music from written notationCUSMPF505A - Perform improvisation for audiencesCUSMPF506A - Develop technical skills and expand repertoireCUSMPF508A - Provide musical leadership in performanceCUSOHS301A - Follow occupational health and safety proceduresCUSSOU401A - Record soundCUSSOU405A - Mix recorded musicCUSWRT501A - Write about musicEDU521 - Creative ArtsWOR101 - Introduction to Worship MinistryWOR130 - Independent Study in Specific Creative Arts 1WOR205 - Worship, Arts and Church HistoryWOR215 - Worship in Comparative Religious ContextsWOR220 - Lyrics and TheologyWOR230 - Independent Study in Specific Creative Arts 2WOR235 - EnsembleWOR301 - Practicum in Worship MinistryWOR307 - Technology and Worship MinistryWOR310 - Worship in Contemporary ContextWOR340 - Songwriting.

Research Interests

  • Online Education
  • Online Music Education
  • Popular Music Studies, Musicology, Theomusicology
  • Music and Worship in the context of the contemporary church

Academic Qualifications

1994

L.Mus.A. (Theory) (Australian Music Examinations Board)

1991

Performer’s Certificate (Piano) (Trinity College of Music London)

2016

PhD (Macquarie University)
Dissertation Title Exploring the Contemporary Congregational Song Genre: Texts, Practice, and Industry

2012

M.Music Tech (Distinction) (University of Newcastle)

1991

B.Mus (Composition) (inc) (Sydney Conservatorium of Music)

2002

A.Arts in Religious Studies (Global University)

2011

Certificate IVTAA (AWC Training, Adelaide)

Selected Publications

Book chapter — Published in 2015

Citation: Thornton, D., Evans, M. (2015). Singing a New Song: Christian Congregational Music Making and Community in a Mediated Age In Nekola, A. and Wager, T. (Eds.), YouTube: a new mediator of Christian worship (pp. 141-159). Ashgate Publishing.

Journal article — Published in 2015

Citation: Thornton, D (2015). A lament for Pentecostal scholarship in contemporary congregational songs. Australasian Pentecostal Studies Journal, 17.

Journal article — Published in 2014

Citation: Thornton, D. (2014). What on earth are we singing? A series on the contemporary congregational song Part 5. Worship Leader Magazine, .

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Journal article — Published in 2014

Citation: Thornton, D. (2014). What on earth are we singing? A series on the contemporary congregational song Part 4. Worship Leader Magazine, .

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Journal article — Published in 2014

Citation: Thornton, D. (2014). What on earth are we singing? A series on the contemporary congregational song Part 3. , .

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Journal article — Published in 2014

Citation: Thornton, D. (2014). What on earth are we singing? A series on the contemporary congregational song.. , .

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Journal article — Published in 2014

Citation: Thornton, D. (2014). What on earth are we singing? A series on the contemporary congregational song Part 2. , .

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Conference paper — Published in 2013

Citation: Thornton, D (2013). Considerations leading to the implementation of Australia's first online delivery for the Certificate IV in Music. Paper presented at the XIX National ASME Conference, Canberra, ACT, Australia, .

Conference paper — Published in 2014

Citation: Thornton, D (2014). Contemporary Congregational Songs, YouTube and virtual Christian Communities. Paper presented at the International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture Conference, Canterbury, UK, .

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Conference paper — Published in 2015

Citation: Thornton, D (2015). Pentecostals, popular worship, and personal preferences. Paper presented at the Fandom and Religion Conference, Leicester, UK, .

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Conference paper — Published in 2015

Citation: Thornton, D (2015). Ambivalent fame: Insights from the most sung composers of contemporary congregational songs. Paper presented at the Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives, Oxford, UK, .

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Conference paper — Published in 2016

Citation: Thornton, D (2016). Popular Music and Pentecostal Worship: A Match Made in Heaven?. Paper presented at the Society of Pentecostal Studies Conference, San Dimas, CA, USA, .

Conference paper — Published in 2014

Citation: Thornton, D. (2014). Contemporary Congregational Songs, YouTube and virtual Christian Communities. Paper presented at the International Society for media, religion, and culture conference, , .

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External Links

Daniel Thornton Ministries: Daniel’s Ministry website

Daniel Thornton Music: Daniel Thornton Music website (Film/TV/Game/Concert works)


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