Visible Music College was founded in 2000 as Visible School by Dr. Ken Steorts, founding guitarist of the Christian rock band, Skillet. The idea for the college's name, "Visible School" came from the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book The Cost of Discipleship. Here is an excerpt from college's academic catalog:
Did you know that “visibility” is all about being seen or discovered, that it’s about something that’s noticeable? Dietrich Bonhoeffer describes Christian believers as a “visible community” infiltrating the darkness, bringing a light into the world that cannot be hidden. Wow! That is who we are called to be, lights in the darkness, both individually and corporately.