Designed to equip musicians for careers in church music and leadership in a rapidly changing church
About the Program
The Master of Arts in Church Music degree program is a comprehensive theological, musical, and liturgical study in church music that integrates academic and professional learning. Classes, field work, and unique January experiences are designed to reinforce one another, as is the sequencing of classes in the various theological disciplines. This degree trains musicians for vocations in church music and leadership in the church, and can be completed in two years of full-time study.
The capacity for constructive theological reflection is stimulated in an environment where students can also further develop their musical skills through performance and composition. Students become sensitized to the wide range of musical, spiritual, liturgical, theological, and aesthetic considerations necessary as a cantor/minister of music. They also learn by planning, preparing, collaborating, coordinating, implementing, observing and reflecting.
Participation in this multi-faceted program forms church musicians for Christ's work in the world.
56 semester hours of credit
- 17 hours of theology core courses
- 26 hours in the Church Music core and applied study courses
- 13 hours of electives
16 hours of Applied study in the following areas:
- Music technology/composition
- Children’s choirs
- Liturgical choir
Comprehensive Jury Requirements
M.A. in Church Music students are required to successfully complete a two-part comprehensive jury, preferably during their first full year of study, but no later than January 15 of the second year of full-time study. One part shall be keyboard or voice, and the other is the student’s choice.
Graduates of the Master of Arts in Church Music degree program at Trinity Lutheran Seminary should be able to:
- Think and act biblically and theologically, using the resources of scripture and the church’s tradition for the mission of the church
- Design and lead a comprehensive music ministry appropriate to the context of the particular congregation
- Demonstrate competence in the skills for leading the music of the church
- Possess a healthy, integrated, and resilient faith, moral integrity, and a capacity for appropriate interpersonal relationships
Students will serve in a supervised field work site, usually a parish situation, in which they will be involved for a total of 200 hours of practical experience related to their program.