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.
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.
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:
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 for details on scheduling or submitting an audition.
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.
M.M.C.M. students must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.00.
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.
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: