Master of Music in Church Music
To serve in the music ministry of Southern Baptist churches and denominational agencies or institutions, or to serve as missionaries.
The curriculum of this degree requires 49 hours and includes the courses listed below. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of “B” or above in all graduate music courses in order to graduate.
Equip students to understand and articulate biblical, theological, and historical truths.
Equip students to explore and investigate church music philosophy, principles, and ministry models in the local church and its ministries.
Guide students in developing independent musicianship and leading a comprehensive church music ministry in the local church.
Challenge students to contextualize and creatively apply the principles of church music ministry within various church ministry settings.
Challenge students to grow in their personal spiritual relationships.
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Adam Hughes (Curriculum Coordinator)
Dr. Gregory A. Woodward (Concentration Advisor)
Basic Ministerial Competency Component (18 hours)
Exploring the Old Testament
Exploring the New Testament
Systematic Theology 1 or 2
History of Christianity: Early-Medieval
Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum (M)
Introduction to Spiritual Formation (M)
NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program
Church Music Competency Component (15 hours)
Theology of Worship
Congregational Song in Corporate Worship
Educational Principles of Church Music Ministries
Worship and Music Ministry Administration
Technologies for Worship Ministries
Musicianship Competency Component (16 hours)
Choral Conducting and Techniques**
Keyboard Competency in Church Music**
Worship Band Leadership**
Music in Theory and Practice
Worship Leadership Final Project Portfolio
(M) Indicates course is also available in a mentoring format.
*All graduate students must take this course during orientation in their first semester; however, students will not receive a credit hour or be charged for the course.
**Tested by Proficiency Exam. Upon successful completion of the Proficiency Exam, students may take any other non-required mu- sic course as electives.
***Among the 4 hours of required ensemble electives, 2 of these hours must be MUEN5107 Seminary Chorus.
Degree with Recital: students may request the option of presenting a recital in applied areas of study. This option requires an audition and approval of the music faculty.
Specific admission requirements for music degrees may be obtained by contacting the Church Music Ministries office.
To be admitted to the Master of Music in Church Music degree program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and demonstrate a satisfactory competency level in the areas covered by the following courses.
These courses (or their equivalents) comprise the undergraduate preparation for MMCM study:
Music Fundamentals I
Music Fundamentals II
Music Fundamentals III
Music Fundamentals IV
Music History and Literature I and II
Worship Ensemble Leadership
Worship Arranging and Orchestration
Performance* (undergraduate level)
Recital Laboratory 2 semesters
*For voice emphasis students, 2 of the 8 hours required for performance must be Vocal Diction (MUVO2301).
Total Prerequisite Hours: 36 hours
The student who demonstrates competency in any of the above areas through the Placement Examinations will not be required to take the corresponding undergraduate courses, provided those courses appear on the student’s undergraduate transcript. If any of the listed undergraduate courses are not on the student’s transcript, the student will be required to take the missing course(s). All students must pass the undergraduate piano proficiency exam. Information regarding the piano proficiency is located in the Music Student Handbook, which may be obtained in the Music Department Office.