Master of Music in Church Music

The Master of Music in Church Music is designed to provide advanced training in church music and an applied concentration. Additionally, the degree provides a strong foundation in biblical and theological studies. Three concentrations are available in the M.M.C.M. to prepare students for local church ministry or more specialized careers in education, performance, music missions, or denominational leadership.

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

A Bachelor of Arts in Music or a Bachelor of Music degree from an accredited college or university. Students who were not music majors in college should pursue the M.A.C.M. program.

Concentrations

In addition to the theology, worship, and music courses in the M.M.C.M. Common Hours, students will choose an applied area of concentration, which is the equivalent of a second major, from the following:

  • Guitar Performance and Pedagogy

  • Piano Performance and Pedagogy

  • Voice Performance and Pedagogy

  • For admittance into the concentration, students are required to audition in advance of matriculation, either in person on the Fort Worth campus or by submitting a digital audition. Please consult the Prospective Music Students page of the School of Church Music and Worship website for details on scheduling or submitting an audition.

  • For a voice audition, the student should sing from memory three selections from art song, opera, and oratorio literature, one of which must be sung in English. The other two selections should represent two other languages from the following: Italian, German, and French. 

    For a piano audition, the student should perform from memory at least two pieces from different periods and styles, representing the highest level of achievement.

    For a guitar audition, the student should perform at least two contrasting pieces or etudes demonstrating the ability to perform at a graduate level.

    In addition, for all concentrations the student should provide recital programs and recordings for review if available.

  • For their respective applied concentration, students should show transcript evidence of pedagogy and literature courses, and, for voice concentrations, courses in English, Italian, German, and French diction. Such coursework not on the transcript must be taken at Southwestern as leveling courses.

Grades

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

Time Limit

The Master of Music in Church Music degree requires at least four semesters for completion. The 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 comprehensive examinations, they may be retaken.

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

  • Satisfactory completion of all leveling courses with a grade of "C" or better
  • Passing of voice and piano proficiencies before registering for comprehensive examinations
  • Satisfactory completion of all music courses (or concurrent enrollment in all remaining courses)
  • Attainment of required grade point average (2.00)
  • Completion of preliminary recital
  • Enrollment in M.M.C.M. Comprehensive Examinations (MUMST 4990)

Master of Music in Church Music

Common Hours

Course Title Course Number Hours
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
The Church Gathered: Theology of Worship WORSP 4323 3
Congregational Song WORSP 4222 2
Philosophy of Worship Ministry WORSP 4312 2
Seminar in Analysis MUTHY 4442 2
Introduction to Music Research  MUHST 4102 2
Select two courses: Select two: 4
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  
     
Performance Lab (two semesters) PFMLB 3010 0
Piano Proficiency PIACL 4870 0
Voice Proficiency VOICL 4970 0
Music School Orientation ORIEN 4000 0
M.M.C.M. Comprehensive Examinations MUMST 4990 0
  Total Common Hours 32
  Concentration Hours 17
  Total Degree Hours 49

Guitar Performance and Pedagogy Concentration

M.M.C.M. Guitar I GTRPR 4012 2
M.M.C.M. Guitar II GTRPR 4022 2
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
Vocal Ensemble (two semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 1
  Concentration Hours 17

Piano Performance and Pedagogy Concentration

M.M.C.M. Piano I PIAPR 4812 2
M.M.C.M. Piano II PIAPR 4822 2
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
Technical Piano Proficiency PIACL 4880 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
Southwestern Singers (two semesters) ENSEM 3658 1
Ensemble (two semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 1
  Concentration Hours 17

Voice Performance and Pedagogy Concentration

M.M.C.M. Voice I VOIPR 4912 2
M.M.C.M. Voice II VOIPR 4922 2
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 VOICL 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
Southwestern Singers (two semesters) ENSEM 3658 1
Vocal Ensemble (two semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 1
  Concentration Hours 17