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Master of Sacred Music Curriculum Evaluation

During the 2013-2014 academic year, a curriculum review committee will be formed to evaluate and revise the Master of Sacred Music degree. We are seeking to develop a list of competencies that are needed to lead a music ministry in the 21st century. In preparation for this, we are inviting alums of the program to respond to the list of competencies developed in five areas: (1) Musical; (2) Liturgical; (3) Administrative/Organizational; (4) Theological; (5) Interpersonal. You are invited to rate the relative importance of the competencies listed in each area according to your experience in music ministry, not on the basis of the curriculum under which you received your degree. In each case, you may also add competencies that we may have omitted.

We are grateful for your assistance. Grace and peace,

Christopher S. Anderson, Associate Professor of Sacred Music

C. Michael Hawn, University Distinguished Professor of Church Music,
Director, Master of Sacred Music Program 

The following information will also be helpful to us:
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I. Musical Competencies
1. Demonstrate functional keyboard skills (including reading musical charts and hymn playing)
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2. Demonstrate functional organ skills (knowledge of the instrument)
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3. Demonstrate basic percussion techniques (djembe and common non-pitched percussion)
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4. Demonstrate functional guitar skills
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5. Demonstrate basic handbell skills and knowledge of literature
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6. Demonstrate knowledge of choral conducting skills
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7. Demonstrate knowledge of various musical styles from the plainsong and Renaissance period through current genres and ability to communicate these as a choral conductor and congregational song leader
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8. Demonstrate ability to analyze a musical score using historical, contextual, theological and musical lenses
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9. Demonstrate knowledge of sacred choral literature from the Renaissance period through the 21st century
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10. Demonstrate ability to use one’s voice for choral demonstration and to lead congregational song
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11. Demonstrate knowledge of basic age-group characteristics, musical resources and pedagogical techniques for children and youth
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12. Demonstrate knowledge of basic instrumental techniques and how to conduct them
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13. Demonstrate the ability to arrange music for the specific musical resources of a congregation
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14. Ability to teach worship to the congregation
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15. Vision to take worship beyond the walls of the church
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II. Liturgical Competencies
1. Knowledge of classical structures of worship including four-fold pattern, Christian Year, patterns of Christian Initiation and Eucharist, Daily Office
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2. Knowledge of the history and practice of congregational song
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3. Knowledge of the wide range of congregational song genres available today
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4. Demonstrate ability to construct worship using classical structures and more recent variations
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5. Knowledge of the Revised Common Lectionary as it relates to the Christian Calendar and ability to choose and integrate music into worship based on these texts
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6. Knowledge of the worship patterns of current ecumenical communities such as Taizé and Iona and the ability to implement these
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7. Ability to work collaboratively in worship planning
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8. Ability to integrate and enliven the sacraments through music
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9. Knowledge of ecumenical liturgical developments since the Second Vatican Council and their implications for the theology and practice of worship
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10. Knowledge of the worship structures, history, and musical and liturgical resources for one’s faith tradition
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11. Ability to integrate media into liturgy in a coherent, theologically responsible, and creative manner
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12. Ability to integrate other arts (visual, dramatic, dance) into liturgy in a coherent theologically responsible, and creative manner
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III. Administrative/Organizational Competencies
1. Develop structures of lay leadership for maintaining and sustaining the music ministry
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2. Demonstrate the capacity for effective leadership (planning, working with staff and laity, implementation, follow-through) in music and pastoral ministry
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3. Develop the capacity to manage a schedule effectively in order to meet responsibilities to ministry, self and family
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4. Develop the capacity for effective communication through traditional verbal and written forms, social media and other technologies
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5. Demonstrate the capacity to prepare a budget
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6. Demonstrate a capacity to develop a strategic plan for the music ministry of the congregation
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7. Demonstrate the capacity to administer a music ministry that both nourishes the gifts of the congregation and reaches beyond the congregation to the community through music and other arts
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IV. Theological Competencies
1. Develop the capacity to relate the music ministry to the mission of the congregation
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2. Develop the capacity to reflect upon and have serious theological conversations in the midst of daily ministry
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3. Develop the capacity to identify theological insights in ministry, daily life and self-reflection as these relate to Scripture, doctrine, culture, class, gender, and race
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4. Develop the capacity to appreciate and relate in a healthy way to diverse theological viewpoints and experiences
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5. Demonstrate an understanding and practice of pastoral ethics in all relationships
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6. Develop a philosophy of music ministry that is theologically and biblically based
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7. Develop the capacity to understand the theological and historical context of the music that they choose and teach to the congregation and performing groups
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8. Develop the capacity to lead people in discernment of the congregation’s needs
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V. Interpersonal Competencies
1. Demonstrate awareness of others and the ability to listen attentively to laity and constituents of the larger community
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2. Develop and practice a spiritual discipline or Rule of Life that prepares and supports the church musician for life as a Christian leader
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3. Strengthen the capacity for interpersonal and intrapersonal awareness in all relationships in order to have a healthy Christian life and ministry
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4. Strengthen the capacity to address any personal physical concerns that need attention in order to have a healthy, Christian life and ministry
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5. Develop the capacity to interact with those with whom the church musician differs
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6. Develop the capacity to work effectively with the pastor to plan and lead worship
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7. Understand the legal role of a church leader in referral during times of counseling and crisis
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Other Areas
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