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. Students will demonstrate their understanding and ability to interpret and communicate accurately biblical, theological, and historical truth.

  2. Students will demonstrate a breadth of competence in church music philosophy, principles, and ministry models.

  3. Students will demonstrate independent musicianship.

  4. Students will demonstrate an ability to contextualize and creatively apply principles of church music ministry in various church ministry settings.

  5. Students will demonstrate growth in personal and spiritual maturity.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Gregory Mathias (Program Supervisor)

  • Dr. Gregory A. Woodward (Program Coordinator/Advisor)

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency (15 hours)

course

hours

Interpreting the Old Testament 1

3

Interpreting the New Testament 1 

3

Systematic Theology 1

OR

Systematic Theology 2 

3

Baptist Heritage

3

Discipleship and Spiritual Formation (M)

3

Worship Ministry Competency (18 hours)

course

hours

Theology of Worship 

3

Congregational Song in Corporate Worship 

3

Planning and Leading Worship

3

Educational Principles of Church Music Ministries 

3

History of Worship

3

Technologies for Worship Ministries 

3

Musicianship Competency (16 hours)

course

hours

Choral Conducting and Techniques* 

3

Worship Band Leadership*

1

Keyboard Competency in Church Music*

2

Private Voice* 

3

Music in Theory and Practice 

3

Ensembles

4

Comprehensive Exam

(no credit)

Worship Leadership Final Project Portfolio

(no credit)

Optional Concentration Area** (Voice, Organ, Piano, Orchestral Instruments, Composition, Church Music Education, and Worship/Hymnology)

6

Total Required: 49 hours

(M) Indicates course is available in a mentoring format, as well as other formats.

*Tested by Proficiency Exam. Upon successful completion of the Proficiency Exam, students may take any other non-required music course as electives. For graduates of NASM schools, credit may be obtained as accelerated credit.

**Optional Concentration Area: students may request the option of presenting a recital in applied areas of study. This option requires an audition, approval of the music faculty, and completion of 6 hours of study.


Admission  Requirements

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.

For students who have not obtained an accredited music degree, 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 

2

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).

Students who have completed an accredited undergraduate degree in music must pass placement exams in music theory and music history, and complete the review classes in either or both areas if the exams are not passed. Worship Arranging or Orchestration is a required leveling course for all MMCM students, and a grade of C or higher from a NASM-accredited school will be accepted without placement exam testing. Students who have completed a NASM accredited undergraduate degree in music may receive accelerated credit in voice, piano, and/or worship band leadership by receiving a C or above in requisite areas; proof of passing proficiency exams/barriers may be included in transcript review. Information regarding the piano proficiency is located in the Music Student Handbook, which may be obtained in the Music Department Office.