Master of Church Music (MUSCH.MCM)
Statement of Purpose
The Master of Church Music degree is designed to provide graduate professional education for men and women involved in or preparing for Christian service in music ministry.
The program gives attention to areas vital to the success of the music minister including: administration, music performance, biblical and theological foundations of music in worship and spiritual growth. Through this program, the School of Music seeks to provide competent leadership to churches, colleges, denominational agencies and appropriate mission fields.
Upon the completion of the Master of Church Music degree, an individual should possess the following qualities, abilities, and skills:
- The ability to organize and lead worship in a contemporary evangelical setting, which includes all appropriate styles and genres of instrumental and vocal music
- The ability to function effectively as a choral and instrumental conductor
- An understanding of basic vocal production with adequate vocal skills to demonstrate and communicate these to church vocalists
- Comprehensive musical skills which demonstrate an understanding of the wide variety of styles potentially encountered in the evangelical tradition. This would include standard choral literature as well as various current styles.
- Sufficient piano skills (a) to prepare choral and instrumental literature to be used in worship, and (b) to accompany simple congregational songs
- A basic working knowledge of current music technology, for use in practical and artistic applications
- Familiarity with the principles of music drama/pageantry in a church worship setting
- Organizational skills necessary to plan and administer a church music program
- Interpersonal skills necessary for functioning effectively in a multi-staff church as well as dealing with volunteer staff and church members
- An understanding of the Scripture as it relates to Christian living and worship
Master of Church Music students are required to complete an internship serving in a local church or other appropriate venue under the supervision of a qualified professional and his/her graduate faculty adviser. During the semester preceding the student’s internship, the student must make application to the Graduate Internship Coordinator concerning the appropriate placement and desired location of the internship. The student will secure the appropriate forms, submit them to the proposed church music supervisor, and return a signed copy to the Graduate Internship Coordinator. At the end of the internship period, the church music supervisor will provide the Graduate Internship Coordinator with the appropriate evaluation form completed and signed with the grade included.
Most courses in the Master of Church Music curriculum are offered in the Thursday-Only Track. Courses in this track are presented on a rotating basis so that the student may finish the classroom requirements in four semesters if he/she enrolls in and completes all of the appropriate courses when they are offered.
PROGRAM OF STUDY
Master of Church Music