Master of Arts in Church Music

The Master of Arts in Church Music is designed to prepare the student for comprehensive local church music ministry by providing undergraduate as well as graduate-level training in music coupled with biblical and ministerial studies. A student who begins the M.A.C.M. degree program may opt to complete the Master of Music in Church Music or the Master of Arts in Worship as outlined below.

The M.A.C.M. degree is not considered preparation for doctoral study. 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.

Entrance Requirement

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; a major in music is not expected. On the basis of auditions and placement examinations, a student may qualify for advanced standing in music theory or for transfer credit for music coursework completed in college.

Applied Area

Music Ministry is the concentration on the M.A.C.M. degree. In addition to the concentration, students will choose an applied area of study from voice, piano, organ, instrument, or composition 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 2.75 (B-).

Time Limit

The Master of Arts in Church Music normally requires a minimum of eight semesters for completion. 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
  • Completion of Senior Recital
  • Satisfactory completion of all music courses (or concurrent enrollment in all remaining courses)
  • Attainment of required grade point average (2.75 or B-)
  • Enrollment in M.A.C.M. Comprehensive Examinations (MUMST 4980)
Course Title Course Number Hours

Master of Arts in Church Music (for students who were not music majors in college)

General Music Studies (undergraduate equivalent)
Theory and Musicianship I MUTHY 1413 3
Theory and Musicianship II MUTHY 1423 3
Theory and Musicianship III MUTHY 1433 3
Theory and Musicianship IV MUTHY 1443 3
 
Select three courses from the following: Select three courses: 6
Form in Music MUTHY 1452  
Post-Tonal Theory MUTHY 1462  
Counterpoint MUTHY 1472  
Instrumentation MUTHY 1482  
 
Music History I MUHST 1112 2
Music History II MUHST 1122 2
Music History III MUHST 1132 2
Conducting I CONDG 1622 2
Conducting II (Choral or Instrumental) CONDG 1632 or CONDG 1642 2
Auditioned Ensemble (two semesters) ENSEM 1xx8 1
Southwestern Master Chorale (two semesters) ENSEM 1018 1
Performance Lab (two semesters) PFMLB 1010 0
Voice Proficiency VOICL 4970 0
Piano Proficiency PIACL 4870 0
Music School Orientation ORIEN 4000 0
  Total 30
 

Applied Area (audition required; choose from one of the five areas below)

Voice
Class Voice I VOICL 1912 2
Class Voice II VOICL 1922 2
M.A.C.M. Voice III VOIPR 1932 2
M.A.C.M. Voice IV VOIPR 1942 2
M.A.C.M. Voice V VOIPR 1952 2
M.A.C.M. Voice VI and Senior Recital VOIPR 1962 2
Voice Pedagogy VOICL 4902 2
  Total 14
Piano
M.A.C.M. Piano I PIAPR 1812 2
M.A.C.M. Piano II PIAPR 1822 2
M.A.C.M. Piano III PIAPR 1832 2
M.A.C.M. Piano IV PIAPR 1842 2
M.A.C.M. Piano V PIAPR 1852 2
M.A.C.M. Piano VI and Senior Recital PIAPR 1862 2
Seminar in Piano Pedagogy I PIACL 4801 1
Piano Pedagogy Development I PIACL 4861 1
Technical Piano Proficiency PIACL 4880 0
  Total 14
Organ
M.A.C.M. Organ I ORGPR 1712 2
M.A.C.M. Organ II ORGPR 1722 2
M.A.C.M. Organ III ORGPR 1732 2
M.A.C.M. Organ IV ORGPR 1742 2
M.A.C.M. Organ V ORGPR 1752 2
M.A.C.M. Organ VI and Senior Recital ORGPR 1762 2
Service Playing I ORGCL 4731 1
Seminar in Organ Pedagogy and Practice Teaching ORGCL 4741 1
  Total 14
Instrument
M.A.C.M. Instrument I ORINS 1012 2
M.A.C.M. Instrument II ORINS 1022 2
M.A.C.M. Instrument III ORINS 1032 2
M.A.C.M. Instrument IV ORINS 1042 2
M.A.C.M. Instrument V ORINS 1052 2
M.A.C.M. Instrument VI and Senior Recital ORINS 1062 2
Church Orchestra Practicum I ORINS 4931 1
Church Orchestra Practicum II ORINS 4941 1
  Total 14
Composition
Applied Study (two semesters) PIAPR 1812/1822
VOICL 1912/1922
ORGPR 1712/1722 or
ORINS 1012/1022
4
M.A.C.M. Composition I COMPN 1512 2
M.A.C.M. Composition II COMPN 1522 2
M.A.C.M. Composition III COMPN 1532 2
M.A.C.M. Composition IV and Senior Recital COMPN 1592 2
 
Select one course not previously taken from the following: Select one course: 2
Form in Music MUTHY 1452  
Post-Tonal Theory MUTHY 1462  
Counterpoint MUTHY 1472  
Instrumentation MUTHY 1482  
  Total 14
Graduate Church Music Studies (students may complete these courses for the M.A.C.M. or transfer to the M.M. or M.A.W.)
Spiritual Formation I SPFMU 3101 1
Spiritual Formation II SPFMU 3111 1
Systematic Theology I SYSTH 3003 3
Systematic Theology II SYSTH 3013 3
Great Themes of the Old Testament OLDTS 3333 3
Great Themes of the New Testament NEWTS 3333 3
Baptist Heritage BPTST 3203 3
Worship MUMIN 3362 2
Congregational Song MUMIN 4222 2
Philosophy of Music Ministry MUMIN 4312 2
Church Music Education I MUMIN 4342 2
Children’s Choir Lab MUMIN 4340 0
Church Music Education II MUMIN 4352 2
Supervised Music Ministry MUMIN 3351 1
Auditioned Ensemble (two semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 1
Performance Lab (two semesters) PFMLB 3010 0
M.A.C.M. Comprehensive Exams MUMST 4980 0
 
Select five courses from the following: Select five courses: 5
Practicum: Instrumental Church Music MUMIN 3331  
Practicum: Worship Design and Leadership MUMIN 4511  
Practicum: Worship Resources MUMIN 4551  
Practicum: Vocal Ensemble Leadership and Techniques MUMIN 4561  
Practicum: Leading Instrumental Groups in Worship MUMIN 4571  
Practicum: Media and Staging MUMIN 4581  
Practicum: Worship Arts MUMIN 4591  
Practicum: Administration and Finance in Artistic Ministry MUMIN 4601  
 
Select three courses from the following: Select three courses: 6
Music in Missions MUMIN 3372  
Comparative Liturgies MUMIN 4262  
Hebrew and Early Christian Worship MUMIN 4442  
Reformation and Postmodernism in Worship MUMIN 4452  
Worship in Korea MUMIN 4472  
Arts, Architecture, and Aesthetics in Artistic Ministry MUMIN 4522  
The Worship Leader as Pastor and Administrator MUMIN 4542  
Global and Multicultural Influences on Worship MUMIN 4562  
Dynamics of Corporate Worship in the 21st Century MUMIN 4572  
Influence of Popular Styles on Music for Worship MUMIN 4622  
Contemporary Christian Song MUMIN 4632  
  Total 40
  Total Degree Hours 84

 

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