Master of Music in Church Music

The Master of Music in Church Music is designed to provide advanced training in church music, specializing in such areas as worship, ministry, performance, composition, and scholarship. Additionally, the degree provides a strong foundation in biblical and theological studies. 

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 and ministry courses in the M.M. Common Hours, students will choose an area of concentration, which is the equivalent of a second major, from the fields below:

Applied Concentrations
 
  • Accompanying
  • Jazz Studies
  • Piano Performance
 
  • Composition
  • Organ Performance
  • Voice Pedagogy
 
  • Conducting
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Voice Performance
 
  • Instrumental Studies
   
       
Academic Concentrations
 
  • Music Education
  • Music Ministry
  • Music Theory
 
  • Music History
  • Music Missions
  • Worship

Auditions are required for applied concentrations, which are based on undergraduate studies culminating in a senior recital. If lacking, the senior recital can be completed at Southwestern. Music history and music theory concentrations require department approval based on placement examinations and GPA.

Grades

M.M. students must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.75 (B-).

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. 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 (2.75 or B-)
  • Completion of thesis or recital (if applicable)
  • Enrollment in M.M. Comprehensive Examinations (MUMST 4990)

Master of Music in Church Music

M.M. Common Hours

Course Title Course Number Hours
Spiritual Formation I SPFMU 3101 1
Spiritual Formation II SPFMU 3111 1
Systematic Theology I SYSTH 3053 3
Select one: Systematic Theology II or III SYSTH 3063 or 3073 3
Old Testament I, II, or III OLDTS 3053 or 3063 or 3073 3
New Testament I, II, or III NEWTS 3053 or 3063 or 3073 3
Baptist Heritage BPTST 3203 3
Platform Leadership for the Musician MUMIN 3360 0
Worship MUMIN 3362 2
Congregational Song MUMIN 4222 2
Philosophy in Music Ministry MUMIN 4312 2
 
Select two hours from the following: Select two hours: 2
Worship, Congregational Song, or Philosophy elective or MUMIN 4xx2  
Practica electives (two courses)* MUMIN 4xx1  
*Practica electives are not available for Music Ministry or Worship concentrations.    
 
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. Comprehensive Examinations MUMST 4990 0
  Total Common Hours 25
  Concentration Hours 24
  Total Degree Hours 49

Accompanying Concentration

M.M. Piano I PIAPR 4812 2
M.M. Piano II PIAPR 4822 2
Technical Piano Proficiency PIACL 4880 0
M.M. Accompanying Recital I PIAPR 4832 2
M.M. Accompanying Recital II PIAPR 4842 2
Advanced Accompanying PIACL 4842 2
The Piano in Chamber Music Literature PIACL 4891 1
Introduction to Music Research MUHST 4102 2
Music in the Baroque and Classical Periods MUHST 4132 2
Music History elective MUHST 4xx2 2
Seminar in Analysis I or MUTHY 4442 or 2
Seminar in Analysis II MUTHY 4452  
Theory at the Keyboard MUTHY 4501 1
Seminar in Solo Vocal Literature I VOICL 4911 1
Seminar in Solo Vocal Literature II VOICL 4921 1
Auditioned Ensemble (two semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 1
Southwestern Master Chorale (two semesters) ENSEM 3018 1
  Concentration Hours 24

Composition Concentration

M.M. Composition I COMPN 4512 2
M.M. Composition II COMPN 4522 2
M.M. Composition III COMPN 4532 2
M.M. Composition IV and Recital COMPN 4542 2
Arranging COMPN 4112 2
Graduate Composition Seminar COMPN 4572 2
M.M. Thesis in Composition COMPN 4592 2
Advanced Orchestration MUTHY 4472 2
Introduction to Music Research MUHST 4102 2
Music History elective MUHST 4xx2 2
Auditioned Ensemble (two semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 1
Southwestern Master Chorale (two semesters) ENSEM 3018 1
 
Select one course from the following: Select one: 2
Jazz Composition JAZPR 4252  
Seminar in Analysis I MUTHY 4442  
Seminar in Analysis II MUTHY 4452  
  Concentration Hours 24

Conducting Concentration

English, Italian, and Latin Diction VOICL 3952 2
Advanced Conducting and Choral Procedures CONDG 4602 2
Applied Conducting I: Instrumental CONDG 4632 2
Applied Conducting II: Choral CONDG 4642 2
Applied Conducting III and Recital CONDG 4652 2
Conducting Document CONDG 4690 0
Choral Literature I CONDG 4712 2
Choral Literature II CONDG 4722 2
Introduction to Music Research MUHST 4102 2
Music History elective MUHST 4xx2 2
Seminar in Analysis I or MUTHY 4442 or 2
Seminar in Analysis II MUTHY 4452  
Voice VOIPR 4951 1
Southwestern Master Chorale (two semesters) ENSEM 3018 1
Southwestern Singers (two semesters) ENSEM 3658 1
Auditioned Choral Ensemble (two semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 1
  Concentration Hours 24
NOTE: Students in the Conducting concentration who have not completed undergraduate courses in choral diction, French and German diction, and voice pedagogy must take CONDG 3601 Choral Diction, VOICL 3962 French and German Diction, and VOICL 4902 Voice Pedagogy as leveling courses.

Instrumental Studies Concentration

M.M. Instrument I ORINS 4012 2
M.M. Instrument II ORINS 4022 2
M.M. Instrument III ORINS 4032 2
M.M. Instrument IV and Recital ORINS 4092 2
Introduction to Music Research MUHST 4102 2
Music History electives (two courses) MUHST 4xx2 4
Seminar in Analysis I or MUTHY 4442 or 2
Seminar in Analysis II MUTHY 4452  
Auditioned Instrumental Ensemble(s) (four semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 2
 
Select one pair from the following: Select one pair: 2
Instrument Pedagogy ORINS 4901  
Instrument Literature ORINS 4911  
OR OR  
Church Orchestra Practicum I ORINS 4931  
Church Orchestra Practicum II ORINS 4941  
 
Select two courses from the following: Select two courses: 4
Jazz Improvisation JAZCM 4232  
Jazz Arranging JAZCM 4242  
Elective Composition COMPN 5512  
Elective Composition COMPN 5522  
Advanced Conducting and Choral Procedures CONDG 4602  
Elective Applied Conducting: Instrumental CONDG 4631 (two semesters)  
Applied Conducting II: Instrumental CONDG 4632  
Advanced Orchestration MUTHY 4472  
  Concentration Hours 24
Jazz Studies in Church Music Concentration
M.M. Jazz Applied Studies I JAZPR 4012 2
M.M. Jazz Applied Studies II JAZPR 4022 2
M.M. Jazz Applied Studies IV and Recital JAZPR 4042 2
Improvisation Proficiency JAZCM 4210 0
Jazz History JAZCM 4212 2
Jazz Styles and Analysis JAZCM 4222 2
Introduction to Music Research MUHST 4102 2
Music History elective MUHST 4xx2 2
NewSound  (four semesters) ENSEM 3638 2
Combo Lab I or II  (four semesters) ENSEM 3088 or ENSEM 3098 2
 
Select six hours from the following courses: Select six hours: 6
Jazz Arranging JAZCM 4242  
M.M. Jazz Applied Studies III JAZPR 4032  
Jazz Composition JAZPR 4252  
Advanced Jazz Improvisation JAZPR 4282  
Elective Composition COMPN 5512  
Elective Composition COMPN 5522  
Advanced Conducting and Choral Procedures CONDG 4602  
Elective Conducting: Instrumental CONDG 4631 (two semesters)  
Applied Conducting II: Instrumental CONDG 4632  
Church Orchestra Practicum I ORINS 4931  
Church Orchestra Practicum II ORINS 4941  
  Concentration Hours 24

Music Education Concentration

Philosophy and History of Education FOUND 3323 3
Church Music Education I MUMIN 4342 2
Children's Choir Lab MUMIN 4340 0
Church Music Education II MUMIN 4352 2
Issues in Church Music Education MUMIN 4362 2
Directed Teaching in Children's Music Education MUMIN 4411 1
Church Music Education Internship and Research Project MUMIN 4441 1
Colloquium (required every semester in residence)  MUMIN 4700 0
 
Select one course from the following: Select one course: 1
Practicum: Contemporary Worship Leadership and Resources MUMIN 4511  
Practicum: Leading Small Vocal Ensembles in Worship MUMIN 4561  
Practicum: Leading Small Instrumental Groups in Worship MUMIN 4571  
Practicum: Administration and Finance in Ministry MUMIN 4601  
Practicum: The Arts in Worship MUMIN 4671  
Practicum: Artistic Outreach and Productions MUMIN 4681  
Practicum: Media in Worship MUMIN 4691  
 
Select one from the following: Select one: 1
Directed Teaching in Early Childhood Music Education MUMIN 4421  
Orff Approved Training (through off-campus programs) MUMIN 4461  
Kodály Endorsed Training (through off-campus programs) MUMIN 4471  
Dalcroze Recognized Training (through off-campus programs) MUMIN 4481  
 
Introduction to Music Research MUHST 4102 2
Music History elective MUHST 4xx2 2
Seminar in Analysis I or MUTHY 4442 or 2
Seminar in Analysis II MUTHY 4452  
Advanced Conducting and Choral Procedures CONDG 4602 2
Applied Study (two semesters) VOIPR 4951/4961
JAZPR 4951/4961
ORGPR 4951/4961
ORINS 4951/4961 or
PIAPR 4951/4961
2
Auditioned Ensemble (two semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 1
  Concentration Hours 24
NOTE: Students in the Music Education concentration who have not completed an undergraduate course in voice pedagogy must take VOICL 4902 Voice Pedagogy as a leveling course.

Music History Concentration

Introduction to Music Research MUHST 4102 2
Introduction to Musicology MUHST 4162 2
M.M. Thesis in Music History MUHST 4194 4
Music History electives (five courses) MUHST 4xx2 10
Seminar in Analysis I MUTHY 4442 2
Seminar in Analysis II MUTHY 4452 2
Auditioned Ensemble (two semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 1
Southwestern Master Chorale (two semesters) ENSEM 3018 1
  Concentration Hours 24

Music Ministry Concentration*

Introduction to Music Research MUHST 4102 2
Music History elective MUHST 4xx2 2
Seminar in Analysis I or MUTHY 4442 or 2
Seminar in Analysis II MUTHY 4452  
Advanced Conducting and Choral Procedures CONDG 4602 2
Applied Study (two semesters) VOIPR 4951/4961
JAZPR 4951/4961
ORGPR 4951/4961
ORINS 4951/4961 or
PIAPR 4951/4961
2
Auditioned Ensemble(s) (four semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 2
Supervised Music Ministry MUMIN 3351 1
Church Music Education I MUMIN 4342 2
Children's Choir Lab MUMIN 4340 0
Church Music Education II MUMIN 4352 2
Dynamics of Corporate Worship MUMIN 4572 2
Colloquium (required every semester in residence) MUMIN 4700 0
 
Select three courses from the following: Select three courses: 3
Practicum: Contemporary Worship Leadership and Resources MUMIN 4511  
Practicum: Leading Small Vocal Ensembles in Worship MUMIN 4561  
Practicum: Leading Small Instrumental Groups in Worship MUMIN 4571  
Practicum: Administration and Finance in Ministry MUMIN 4601  
Practicum: The Arts in Worship MUMIN 4671  
Practicum: Artistic Outreach and Productions MUMIN 4681  
Practicum: Media in Worship MUMIN 4691  
 
Select one course from the following: Select one course: 2
Music in Missions MUMIN 3372  
Comparative Liturgies MUMIN 4262  
Current Issues and Research in Church Music Ministry MUMIN 4372  
Hebrew and Early Christian Worship MUMIN 4442  
Worship in Reformation and Revival MUMIN 4452  
Worship in Korea MUMIN 4472  
Arts, Architecture, and Aesthetics in Artistic Ministry MUMIN 4522  
Global and Multicultural Influences on Worship MUMIN 4562  
Topics in  Congregational Song MUMIN 4592  
The Psalms MUMIN 4602  
Influence of Popular Styles on Music for Worship MUMIN 4622  
Biblical Worship in Contemporary Practice MUMIN 4652  
Anthropology and Cultural Studies MUMIN 4662  
  Concentration Hours 24
*Students choosing a thesis track will substitute MUMIN 4294 M.M. Thesis in Church Music (4 hours) for four hours of course work in consultation with the department chair.
NOTE: Students in the Music Ministry concentration who have not completed an undergraduate course in voice pedagogy must take VOICL 4902 Voice Pedagogy as a leveling course.

Music Missions Concentration*

Introduction to Missiology MISSN 3363 3
Globalization and Missions Strategies or MISSN 3373 or 3
Church Planting in Urban Contexts MISSN 5453  
Music in Missions MUMIN 3372 2
Music in Missions Lab MUMIN 3370 0
Anthropology and Cultural Studies MUMIN 4662 2
Supervised Music Missions Project MUMIN 3900 0
Ethnomusicology and Culture MUMIN 3922 2
Global and Multi-Cultural Influences on Worship MUMIN 4562 2
Church Music Education I MUMIN 4342 2
Children's Choir Lab MUMIN 4340 0
Colloquium (required every semester in residence) MUMIN 4700 0
Introduction to Music Research MUHST 4102 2
Music History elective MUHST 4xx2 2
Seminar in Analysis I or MUTHY 4442 or 2
Seminar in Analysis II MUTHY 4452  
Practicum elective MUMIN 4xx1 1
Auditioned Ensemble (two semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 1
  Concentration Hours 24
*Students choosing a thesis track will substitute MUMIN 4294 M.M. Thesis in Church Music (4 hours) for four hours of course work in consultation with the department chair.
Note: For those students with advanced standing in theology, EVANG 3303 Contemporary Evangelism is recommended.

Music Theory Concentration

Seminar in Analysis I MUTHY 4442 2
Seminar in Analysis II MUTHY 4452 2
Special Research in Music Theory MUTHY 4482 2
M.M. Thesis in Music Theory MUTHY 4494 4
Introduction to Music Research MUHST 4102 2
Music History electives (three courses) MUHST 4xx2 6
Auditioned Ensemble (two semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 1
Southwestern Master Chorale (two semesters) ENSEM 3018 1
 
Select two courses from the following: Select two courses: 4
Advanced Orchestration MUTHY 4472  
Arranging COMPN 4112  
Elective Composition COMPN 5512  
Jazz Styles and Analysis JAZCM 4222  
Jazz Composition JAZPR 4252  
  Concentration Hours 24

Organ Performance Concentration

M.M. Organ I ORGPR 4712 2
M.M. Organ II ORGPR 4722 2
M.M. Organ III ORGPR 4782 2
M.M. Organ IV and Recital ORGPR 4792 2
Seminar in Organ Literature I ORGCL 4711 1
Seminar in Organ Literature II ORGCL 4721 1
Service Playing I ORGCL 4731 1
Seminar in Organ Pedagogy and Practice Teaching ORGCL 4741 1
Service Playing II ORGCL 4751 1
Conducting elective CONDG 4602, 4712, or 4722 2
Seminar in Analysis I or MUTHY 4442 or 2
Seminar in Analysis II MUTHY 4452  
Introduction to Music Research MUHST 4102 2
Auditioned Ensemble(s) (two semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 1
 
Select two courses from the following: Select two courses: 4
Music in the Baroque and Classical Periods MUHST 4132  
Music in the Nineteenth Century MUHST 4142  
Music in the Twentieth Century MUHST 4152  
Seminar in Music History: Study in Musical Genre MUHST 4262  
Seminar in Music History: Sacred Choral Masterworks MUHST 4272  
  Concentration Hours 24

Piano Pedagogy Concentration

M.M. Piano I (Piano Pedagogy) PIAPR 4912 2
M.M. Piano II (Piano Pedagogy) PIAPR 4922 2
M.M. Piano III (Piano Pedagogy) PIAPR 4982 2
M.M. Piano IV and Recital (Piano Pedagogy) PIAPR 4992 2
Technical Piano Proficiency PIACL 4880 0
Accompanying PIACL 3881 1
Seminar in Piano Pedagogy I PIACL 4801 1
Seminar in Piano Pedagogy II PIACL 4851 1
Seminar in Piano Literature I PIACL 4811 1
Seminar in Piano Literature II PIACL 4821 1
Piano Pedagogy Development I PIACL 4861 1
Piano Pedagogy Development II PIACL 4881 1
Seminar in Analysis I or MUTHY 4442 2
Seminar in Analysis II MUTHY 4452  
Theory at the Keyboard MUTHY 4501 1
Introduction to Music Research MUHST 4102 2
Auditioned Ensemble(s) (four semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 2
 
Select one course from the following: Select one course: 2
Music in the Baroque and Classical Periods MUHST 4132  
Music in the Nineteenth Century MUHST 4142  
Music in the Twentieth Century MUHST 4152  
  Concentration Hours 24

Piano Performance Concentration

M.M. Piano I (Piano Performance) PIAPR 4812 2
M.M. Piano II (Piano Performance) PIAPR 4822 2
M.M. Piano III (Piano Performance) PIAPR 4882 2
M.M. Piano IV and Recital (Piano Performance) PIAPR 4892 2
Technical Piano Proficiency PIACL 4880 0
Accompanying PIACL 3881 1
Seminar in Piano Pedagogy I PIACL 4801 1
Seminar in Piano Literature I PIACL 4811 1
Seminar in Piano Literature II PIACL 4821 1
Piano Pedagogy Development I PIACL 4861 1
Theory at the Keyboard MUTHY 4501 1
Seminar in Analysis I or MUTHY 4442 2
Seminar in Analysis II MUTHY 4452  
Introduction to Music Research MUHST 4102 2
Auditioned Ensemble(s) (four semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 2
     
Select two courses from the following: Select two courses: 4
Music in the Baroque and Classical Periods MUHST 4132  
Music in the Nineteenth Century MUHST 4142  
Music in the Twentieth Century MUHST 4152  
  Concentration Hours 24

Voice Pedagogy Concentration

M.M. Voice I VOIPR 4912 2
M.M. Voice II VOIPR 4922 2
M.M. Voice Pedagogy III VOIPR 4932 2
M.M. Voice Pedagogy IV and Lecture-Recital VOIPR 4942 2
Special Research in Voice Pedagogy (Prerequisite for VOIPR 4942) VOICL 4982 2
Seminar in Voice Pedagogy VOICL 4952 2
Practice Teaching: Voice VOICL 4962 2
Seminar in Solo Vocal Literature I VOICL 4911 1
Seminar in Solo Vocal Literature II VOICL 4921 1
Introduction to Music Research MUHST 4102 2
Music History elective MUHST 4xx2 2
Seminar in Analysis I or MUTHY 4442 or 2
Seminar in Analysis II MUTHY 4452  
Auditioned Voice Ensemble (two semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 1
Southwestern Master Chorale (two semesters) ENSEM 3018 1
  Concentration Hours 24
NOTE: Students in the Voice Pedagogy concentration are expected to have had undergraduate courses in choral or English diction, foreign language diction, and voice pedagogy. If the undergraduate transcript does not show successful completion of such courses, they must be taken at Southwestern as leveling courses.

Voice Performance Concentration

M.M. Voice I VOIPR 4912 2
M.M. Voice II VOIPR 4922 2
M.M. Voice Performance III VOIPR 4982 2
M.M. Voice Performance IV and Recital VOIPR 4992 2
Seminar in Solo Vocal Literature I VOICL 4911 1
Seminar in Solo Vocal Literature II VOICL 4921 1
Seminar in Voice Pedagogy VOICL 4952 2
Practice Teaching: Voice VOICL 4962 2
Choral Literature I or Choral Literature II CONDG 4712 or 4722 2
Introduction to Music Research MUHST 4102 2
Music History elective MUHST 4xx2 2
Seminar in Analysis I or MUTHY 4442 2
Seminar in Analysis II MUTHY 4452  
Auditioned Voice Ensemble (two semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 1
Southwestern Master Chorale (two semesters) ENSEM 3018 1
  Concentration Hours 24
NOTE: Students in the Voice Performance concentration are expected to have had undergraduate courses in choral or English diction, foreign language diction, and voice pedagogy. If the undergraduate transcript does not show successful completion of such courses, they must be taken at Southwestern as leveling courses

Worship Concentration*

Introduction to Music Research MUHST 4102 2
Music History elective MUHST 4xx2 2
Seminar in Analysis I or MUTHY 4442 or 2
Seminar in Analysis II MUTHY 4452  
Applied Study (two semesters) VOIPR 4951/4961
JAZPR 4951/4961
ORGPR 4951/4961
ORINS 4951/4961 or
PIAPR 4951/4961
2
Auditioned Ensemble(s) (four semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 2
Supervised Music Ministry MUMIN 3351 1
Current Issues and Research in Church Music Ministry MUMIN 4372 2
Biblical Worship in Contemporary Practice MUMIN 4652 2
Colloquium (required every semester in residence) MUMIN 4700 0
 
Select two courses from the following: Select two courses: 4
Comparative Liturgies MUMIN 4262  
Hebrew and Early Christian Worship MUMIN 4442  
Worship in Reformation and Revival MUMIN 4452  
Worship in Korea MUMIN 4472  
Dynamics of Corporate Worship MUMIN 4572  
 
Select one course from the following: Select one course: 2
Music in Missions MUMIN 3372  
Arts, Architecture, and Aesthetics in Artistic Ministry MUMIN 4522  
Global and Multicultural Influences on Worship MUMIN 4562  
Topics in Congregational Song MUMIN 4592  
Influence of Popular Styles on Music for Worship MUMIN 4622  
Anthropology and Cultural Studies MUMIN 4662  
 
Select three courses from the following: Select three courses: 3
Practicum: Contemporary Worship Leadership and Resources MUMIN 4511  
Practicum: Leading Small Vocal Ensembles in Worship MUMIN 4561  
Practicum: Leading Small Instrumental Groups in Worship MUMIN 4571  
Practicum: Administration and Finance in Ministry MUMIN 4601  
Practicum: The Arts in Worship MUMIN 4671  
Practicum: Artistic Outreach and Productions MUMIN 4681  
Practicum: Media in Worship MUMIN 4691  
  Concentration Hours 24
*Students choosing a thesis track will substitute MUMIN 4294 M.M. Thesis in Church Music (4 hours) for four hours of course work in consultation with the department chair.

 

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