Church Music

Program Overview:

The master of church music degree is designed to provide an opportunity for students with an undergraduate degree in music to continue their musical education by implementing an integration of curricular studies and applied music in organ or voice oriented to the practical and professional requirements of the church musician. It is intended for persons desiring to lead church music in the local parish and in the larger church.

Program Highlights & Benefits:

  • 2 year completion time
  • Successful completion of 33 semester hours of coursework including the master’s capstone experience. The master of church music program requires a recital on organ or voice and a church music practicum.
  • The master of church music program may be completed in four consecutive terms (summer, fall, spring, summer) or five consecutive four-week summer terms. Students must plan to be in residence for at least two consecutive summers.
  • On-campus format

Entrance Requirements

Students applying for the Master of Church Music degree will:

  • hold an undergraduate degree in music or its equivalent, with studies in the field of specialty
  • show evidence of completing a senior recital or its equivalent
  • pass entrance exams in music theory, aural skills, and music history
  • demonstrate performance ability by audition in organ or voice
  • demonstrate piano skills equivalent to the intermediate level
  • have experience in church music leadership or demonstrate potential

Students with undergraduate deficiencies may satisfy the entrance requirements by taking undergraduate level work, any available review courses, or by self-study and examination. Deficiencies in music theory, music history or aural skills should be removed by re-examination before the close of the second term of graduate study. Courses taken to satisfy deficiencies may not be counted toward the graduate degree

NOTE: This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.