Master of Arts in Church Music

The Master of Arts in Church Music (M.A.C.M.) is designed to provide essential musical training integrated with a broad study in church music and worship. Additionally, the degree provides a strong foundation in biblical and theological studies. Students who successfully complete the M.A.C.M. are prepared to serve the local church, missions, or concert hall, or pursue additional graduate studies in church music. Church music is the major on the M.A.C.M. with students choosing an applied area in voice, piano, or guitar. A student who begins the M.A.C.M. degree program may opt to complete the Master of Music in Church Music instead of the M.A.C.M. as outlined below.

The M.A.C.M. degree is not considered preparation for doctoral study (D.M.A.). An M.A.C.M. student wishing to pursue a doctoral degree at Southwestern Seminary will be expected to complete the requirements for the Master of Music degree.

All students in the School of Church Music and Worship are required to minister in the music program of a local church or organization during the time they are enrolled in their degree programs.

Entrance Requirement

This degree is intended for students with at least a Bachelor of Arts in Music. However, it also provides a clear pathway for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in music through a required sequence of leveling courses.

Students without an undergraduate degree in music will be required to complete leveling courses, including music theory and musicianship (4 semesters for a total of 16 hours), music history (3 semesters for a total of 6 hours), applied studies including a 30-minute recital (4 semesters for a total of 9 hours), conducting (2 hours), ensembles (4 semesters for a total of 2 hours), and a pedagogy course in their applied area (2 hours). All leveling courses may be taken at Southwestern. Those students who have completed some undergraduate coursework in music can apply that toward leveling requirements on the basis of auditions and placement examinations.

Applied Area

Students will choose an applied area of study from voice, piano, or guitar, pending approval on the basis of an audition before the appropriate faculty.

All students, regardless of their applied area, will be required to pass a voice proficiency and a piano proficiency as soon as possible in their course of study.

Grades

M.A.C.M. students must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.00.

Time Limit

The Master of Arts in Church Music normally requires a minimum of four semesters for completion excluding leveling courses. The Master of Arts in Church Music degree must be completed within a period of seven years from the time of admission. Extensions may be granted to students who are serving in an international mission field.

Comprehensive Examinations

Written and oral comprehensive examinations are required to complete the degree and are normally given about four to six weeks before graduation. If the student does not pass the comprehensive examinations, they may be retaken.

To be permitted to take comprehensive examinations, the M.A.C.M. student must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Passing of voice and piano proficiencies before registering for comprehensive examinations
  • Satisfactory completion of preliminary M.A.C.M. recital
  • Satisfactory completion of all music courses (or concurrent enrollment in all remaining courses)
  • Attainment of required grade point average (2.00)
  • Enrollment in M.A.C.M. Comprehensive Examinations (MUMST 4980)

Master of Arts in Church Music

Course Title Course Number Hours

Applied Area (audition required; choose from one of the three areas below; must enroll concurrently in Master Class)

Voice

M.A.C.M. Voice I VOIPR 4712 2
M.A.C.M. Voice II VOIPR 4722 2
M.A.C.M. Voice III VOIPR 4732 2
M.A.C.M. Voice IV and Recital VOIPR 4743 3
  Total 9

Piano

M.A.C.M. Piano I PIAPR 4712 2
M.A.C.M. Piano II PIAPR 4722 2
M.A.C.M. Piano III PIAPR 4732 2
M.A.C.M. Piano IV and Recital PIAPR 4743 3
Technical Piano Proficiency PIACL 4880 0
  Total 9

Guitar

M.A.C.M. Guitar I GTRPR 4712 2
M.A.C.M. Guitar II GTRPR 4722 2
M.A.C.M. Guitar III GTRPR 4732 2
M.A.C.M. Guitar IV and Recital GTRPR 4743 3
  Total 9
     

Music Core

Music School Orientation ORIEN 4000 0
Piano Proficiency (may need Piano Foundations I-IV) PIACL 4870 0
Voice Proficiency (may need Class Voice I-II) VOICL 4970 0
Performance Laboratory (two semesters) PFMLB 3010 0
Ensembles (four semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 2
Techniques for Effective Choral Conducting CONDG 4512 2
Seminar in Analysis MUTHY 4442 2
     
Select one course: Select one: 2
Music in the Baroque and Classical Periods MUHST 4132  
Music in the Nineteenth Century MUHST 4142  
Music in the Twentieth Century MUHST 4152  
Sacred Choral Masterworks MUHST 4272  
     
M.A.C.M. Comprehensive Examinations MUMST 4980 0
  Total 8

Theology

Old Testament I or II OLDTS 3313 or 3323 3
New Testament I or II NEWTS 3313 or 3323 3
Systematic Theology I SYSTH 3053 3
Systematic Theology II or III SYSTH 3063 or 3073 3
Christian Formation EDMIN 3022 2
Baptist Heritage BPTST 3203 3
  Total 17

Church Music and Worship

The Church Gathered: Theology of Worship WORSP 4323 3
Congregational Song WORSP 4222 2
Philosophy of Worship Ministry WORSP 4312 2
Dynamics of Worship Leadership and Design WORSP 4332  2
Techniques in Vocal Ensemble Leadership CONDG 4522  2
  Total 11
  Total Degree Hours 45
     
For students opting to complete the Master of Music in Church Music instead of the M.A.C.M., the M.A.C.M. Recital will serve as the audition for entrance into the M.M.C.M. If completing the M.M.C.M., students will not be required to take M.A.C.M. Comprehensive Exams. Students will complete the following additional courses in their concentration for the M.M.C.M.:

Voice Performance and Pedagogy Concentration

Students selecting the M.M.C.M. Voice Performance and Pedagogy Concentration will need to take Foreign Language Diction courses as leveling if not previously completed.

M.M.C.M. Voice III VOIPR 4982 2
M.M.C.M. Voice IV and Recital VOIPR 4992 2
Voice Master Class (must enroll concurrently with applied study) VOIPR 4900 0
Theology of Pedagogy WORSP 4932 2
Seminar in Voice Pedagogy VOIPR 4952 2
Seminar in Solo Vocal Literature I VOICL 4911 1
Seminar in Solo Vocal Literature II VOICL 4921 1
Seminar in Sacred Solo Vocal Literature VOICL 4941 1
Vocal Ensemble (two semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 1
Performance Laboratory (two semesters) PFMLB 3010 0
Introduction to Music Research MUHST 4102 2
Select one course (not already taken): Select one: 2
Music in the Baroque and Classical Periods MUHST 4132  
Music in the Nineteenth Century MUHST 4142  
Music in the Twentieth Century MUHST 4152  
Sacred Choral Masterworks MUHST 4272  
     
M.M.C.M. Comprehensive Examinations  MUMST 4990 0
  Total Additional Hours 16

Piano Performance and Pedagogy Concentration

M.M.C.M. Piano III PIAPR 4882 2
M.M.C.M. Piano IV and Recital PIAPR 4892 2
Piano Master Class (must enroll concurrently with applied study) PIAPR 4800 0
Theology of Pedagogy WORSP 4932 2
Seminar in Piano Pedagogy PIACL 4872 2
Seminar in Piano Literature PIACL 4882 2
Applied Theory at the Keyboard MUTHY 4501 1
Ensemble (two semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 1
Performance Laboratory (two semesters) PFMLB 3010 0
Introduction to Music Research MUHST 4102 2
Select one course (not already taken): Select one: 2
Music in the Baroque and Classical Periods MUHST 4132  
Music in the Nineteenth Century MUHST 4142  
Music in the Twentieth Century MUHST 4152  
Sacred Choral Masterworks MUHST 4272  
     
M.M.C.M. Comprehensive Examinations MUMST 4990 0
  Total Additional Hours 16

Instrumental Studies (Guitar) Concentration

M.M.C.M. Guitar III GTRPR 4032 2
M.M.C.M. Guitar IV and Recital GTRPR 4092 2
Guitar Master Class (must enroll concurrently with applied study) GTRPR 4900 0
Theology of Pedagogy WORSP 4932 2
Seminar in Guitar Pedagogy GTRCL 4902 2
Seminar in Guitar Literature GTRCL 4912 2
Arranging for Guitar GTRCL 4921 1
Instrumental Ensemble (two semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 1
Performance Laboratory (two semesters) PFMLB 3010 0
Introduction to Music Research MUHST 4102 2
Select one course (not already taken): Select one: 2
Music in the Baroque and Classical Periods MUHST 4132  
Music in the Nineteenth Century MUHST 4142  
Music in the Twentieth Century MUHST 4152  
Sacred Choral Masterworks MUHST 4272  
     
M.M.C.M. Comprehensive Examinations MUMST 4990 0
  Total Additional Hours 16