Rationale: The purpose of this degree would be to offer basic theological, liturgical and church music education to persons who have already completed graduate work in some area of music and are seeking a vocation in church music in the parish (perhaps as an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist context) or are preparing for graduate study at the doctoral level in church music.
Prerequisite: MM, MME or equivalent degree. (Those with a B.M., B.M.E., or equivalent degree need to pursue the M.S.M. because of the basic graduate courses that are offered in Meadows School of the Arts.)
24 hours in Basic Ministerial Studies (allowing for some variations according to denominational background, professional goals, and previous coursework).
24 hours in Church Music and Worship
3 hours: CM 8330 Church Music Colloquium I
3 hours: CM 8331 Church Music Colloquium II
3 hours: CM 8332 Church Music Colloquium III
3 hours: WO 83XX Elective Course in Worship (WO 6313 Word and Worship would be taken first under Basic Ministerial Studies)
6 hours: Elective music courses in Meadows School of the arts that relate to the professional goals of church music ministry (chosen in consultation with the advisor).
6 hours: Electives in church music and worship (to be selected from the list below):
CM 8108 Cantoring in Worship
CM 8107 The Youth Choir and the Church
CM 8106 Handbells and Worship
CM 8102, 8103, 8104 Introduction in Conducting
CM 8024, 8124 Music ministry with Children
CM 8399 Directed Studies in Church Music
WO 83XX Additional Elective in Worship
Additional courses appear in the curriculum, though not in the current catalogue:
CM 7005 The Hymn: Word and Music
CM 7316 Music and the Arts in the Church
CM 8210, 8310 Hispanic American Hymnody
CM 8250, 8350 Music Ministry in the Black Church Experience