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 prepare musical experiences/performances that are informed by an understanding of historical performance practice and advanced musical analysis, and frame the results in a scholarly manner.
- The ability to articulate a Christian worldview of music and the arts.
- The ability to organize, administrate and lead music for worship which demonstrates an understanding of a wide variety of vocal and instrumental music, including historical genres and current styles.
- To demonstrate an understanding of basic biblical and theological foundations for music in worship, and their implications in corporate worship.
- Familiarity with and a basic understanding of the use of the dramatic arts, dance, visual arts, and technology in use with music for worship.
- Comprehensive musical skills necessary to work as a professional musician and in developing young musicians.
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