M.A. in Music

General Description and Program Goals

The Master of Arts in Music degree is a two-year program designed to provide opportunities for advanced study in music so that graduates may use their musical talents to serve the Church and the world. Graduates will be qualified to serve as directors of music, private music instructors, and performers. The M.A. in Music program requires 52 semester credits. As many as 26 semester credits of graduate work may be transferred from another institution.

The goals of the Master of Arts in Music program are that students will be equipped:

    - To prepare students for leadership in church music; and
    - To equip students with excellent performing skills.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this degree, students will be able to:

    - Integrate Bible/theology and music critically;
    - Exhibit a substantial and growing spiritual and personal maturity as a musician;
    - Demonstrate practical performance skills in conducting, praise ministry, voice, and instrument;
    - Demonstrate ability to influence and lead others in church music;
    - Demonstrate advanced understanding of art music in the Western European tradition; and
    - Demonstrate advanced understanding of music styles as discovered in musical analysis.

MAM Concentrations

Choral Conducting
Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this concentration, students will be able to:

    - Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of choral literature and repertoire;
    - Demonstrate understanding of the various rehearsal techniques; and
    - Demonstrate a high level of technical and interpretive skills requisite for artistic expression within
      a full range of musical styles.

Instrument
Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this concentration, students will be able to:

    - Demonstrate the ability to instruct students utilizing effective pedagogical methods;
    - Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of chamber music literature and repertoire; and
    - Demonstrate a high level of technical and interpretive skills requisite for artistic expression within
      a full range of musical styles.

Praise ministry
Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this concentration, students will be able to:

    - Demonstrate the ability to direct and lead worship;
    - Demonstrate the ability to perform in ensembles with distinctive skill; and
    - Demonstrate sufficient technical and musical skills requisite for artistic self-expression.

Voice
Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this concentration, students will be able to:

    - Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of vocal literature;
    - Demonstrate the ability to instruct voice students utilizing effective pedagogical methods; and
    - Demonstrate a high level of technical and interpretive skills requisite for artistic expression within
      a full range of musical styles.

Prerequisites

Students who do not have a BA in music must take 24 credits of BA-level prerequisite courses. The following courses are required:

Class code Title Credits
MT151 Sight Singing & Aural Skill I 2credits
MT251 Sight Singing & Aural Skill II 2 credits
MT255 Keyboard Harmony I 2 credits
MT355 Keyboard Harmony II 2 credits
MT357 Counterpoint I 2 credits
MH341 Music History I 2 credits
MH342 Music History II 2 credits
ME151 Ensemble I 2 credits or
ME251 Ensemble II 2 credits
MD411 Choral Conducting I 2 credits or
MD412 Choral Conducting II 2 credits
ME132 Chamber Choir I 1 credits
ME232 Chamber Choir II 1 credits
MP482 Senior Recital 0 credits
MP171 Individual Instruction I 2 credits
MP172 Individual instruction II 2 credits

 

For students who do not have a BA in music, but do have college-level music instruction, they will meet with the music program director to assess which prerequisites may still be needed.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the Master of Arts in Music program, the student is required to have completed a minimum of 52 semester credits of course work with a 2.5 GPA or above. At least 26 credits must be completed at World Mission University. Students must demonstrate competence in at least seven of ten ministry skills listed on the Ministry Skills Assessment Form (see Supervised Ministry Handbook). The examination shall be taken at any regularly scheduled testing period. The student will be allowed to retake the examination as often as needed.

Students must present a full recital and receive a passing grade. In addition, students in Choral Conducting and Vocal must pass a Keyboard Proficiency Examination before graduation.

Course Titles and Level

All courses at the Masters level are numbered 500 - 699. Course descriptions are provided in this catalog.

Degree Requirements: 52 Credits

The M.A. in Music requires 52 semester credits of course work comprised of 18 semester credits of Biblical/Theological studies and Practices of Ministry studies, and 34 semester credits of Professional Studies.