Master of Music in Church Music

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve in the music ministry of Southern Baptist churches and denominational agencies or institutions, or to serve as missionaries.

Degree Requirements

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.

Program Outcomes

  1. Equip students to understand and articulate biblical, theological, and historical truths.

  2. Equip students to explore and investigate church music philosophy, principles, and ministry models in the local church and its ministries.

  3. Guide students in developing independent musicianship and leading a comprehensive church music ministry in the local church.

  4. Challenge students to contextualize and creatively apply the principles of church music ministry within various church ministry settings.

  5. Challenge students to grow in their personal spiritual relationships.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Gregory A. Woodward (Curriculum Coordinator and Concentration Advisor)

  • Academic Advisor in the Registrar’s Office

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency Component (18 hours)

course

hours

Exploring the Old Testament 

3

Exploring the New Testament 

3

Systematic Theology 1 or 2 

3

History of Christianity: Early-Medieval 

3

Worship Leadership 

3

Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum (M)

2

Introduction to Spiritual Formation (M)

1

NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program

*

Church Music Competency Component (15 hours)

course

hours

Theology of Worship 

3

Congregational Song in Corporate Worship 

3

Educational Principles of Church Music Ministries 

3

Laboratory Choirs
(Laboratory Choirs is taken in lieu of Supervised Ministry 2.)

(no credit)

Worship and Music Ministry Administration 

3

Technologies for Worship Ministries 

3

Musicianship Competency Component (16 hours)

course

hours

Choral Conducting and Techniques** 

3

Keyboard Competency in Church Music**

2

Worship Band Leadership**

1

Private Voice** 

3

Music in Theory and Practice 

3

Ensembles***

4

Comprehensive Exam

(no credit)

Worship Leadership Final Project Portfolio

(no credit)

(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.

Admission  Requirements

Specific admission requirements for music degrees may be obtained by contacting the Division of 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:

course

hours

Music Fundamentals I 

3

Music Fundamentals II 

3

Music Fundamentals III 

3

Music Fundamentals IV 

3

Music History and Literature I and II

6

Worship Ensemble Leadership 

3

Worship Arranging and Orchestration 

3

Performance* (undergraduate level)

8

Undergraduate Recital

(no credit)

Ensembles

4

Recital Laboratory 2 semesters

(no credit)

*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 Division Office.