Master of Music in Sacred Music

Master of Music in Sacred Music

The Sacred Music degree emphasizes the spiritual and musical development of graduate students and educates them to become Ministers of Music through a full range of church music courses, practical training, church internships, and work in the Duquesne University Chapel. Graduate students may take applied studies in organ, piano, voice, and directed study in choral conducting. Graduate students perform on Duquesne's beautiful Steinway pianos and have access to a variety of superior organs in the Pittsburgh area.

Electives may include courses in improvisation, Gregorian Chant, hymnody, practicum, and choral or instrumental conducting.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the M.M. in Sacred Music

  1. Student demonstrate understanding of course material and program requirements recitals, recital program notes, jury papers. Sacred music students may include sacred choral, hymns, and instrumental music in these programs. Their graduate papers may deal with topics such as improvisation, Duquesne sacred music collections, and other topics specific to sacred music.
  2. Students use and apply research and communication skills in several of the performance-area courses including, research and on-line communication skills. Courses in Practicum, Hymnody, and Improvisation help to develop areas of communication.
  3. Students study and apply issues of copyright to the spiritual life of the church musician. Ethical standards regarding their relationships to other students, volunteers, and staff in their church positions are an integral part of their study.
  4. Students perform a wide variety of musical styles from various cultures and time periods during graduate recitals and in juried examinations as well as in their church positions in the music that they program.
  5. Students perform recitals and concerts at multiple sites throughout the year.

Credits

A minimum of thirty (30) credit hours will be required in the Master of Music programs. The thirty credits include ten (10) credits of a Music Core, with other courses divided between major-area requirements and electives.

For the Sacred Music degree program, the requirement will be satisfied by completing thirty (30) credits, which are described in detail in the Sacred Music Handbook. Candidates for the Sacred Music degree will also present a public recital as part of the required Internship or in addition to the Internship. A professional portfolio is presented at the Final Comprehensive Oral Examination.

Final Comprehensive Oral Examination

A Final Comprehensive Oral Examination will be administered to each candidate in every degree program. This examination is normally conducted in conjunction with the music education field project, music technology recital or pedagogical project, defense of thesis, or the degree recital. In all programs, a professional portfolio is presented at the oral exam. Candidates should contact their advisors regarding details of examination protocol.

Curriculum

Year 1

Fall (Even Years)

  • GMAP ### Applied Music, 2 credits
  • GMPF 590 Performance Internship, 0 credits
  • GMSM 531 Service Playing, 1 credit
  • GMSM 626 Hymnody, 2 credits
  • GMSM 665 Performance Class, 0 credits
  • GMUS 500 Intro to Reserach in Music, 2 credits

Total credits: 7

Spring (Odd Years)

  • GMAP ### Applied Music, 2 credits
  • GMPF 590 Performance Internship, 0 credits
  • GMSM 531 Service Playing, 1 credit
  • GMSM 613 Liturgical Ministry Practicum, 1 credit
  • GMSM 665 Performance Class, 0 credits
  • GM## ### Music Theory or History, 2 credits
  • GM## ### Music Theory or History, 2 credits

Total credits: 8

Year 2

Fall (Odd Years)

  • GMAP ### Applied Music, 2 credits
  • GMPF 590 Performance Internship, 0 credits
  • GMSM 612 Development of Christian Worship, 2 credits
  • GMSM 616 Sacred Music Practicum, 1 credit
  • GMSM 665 Performance Class, 0 credits
  • GM## ### Other Supportive Studies, 2 credits

Total credits: 7

Spring (Even Years)

  • GMAP ### Applied Music, 2 credits
  • GMPF 590 Performance Internship, 0 credits
  • GMSM 522 Sacred Choral and Solo Literature, 2 credits
  • GM## ### Music Theory or History, 2 credits
  • GMSM 614 Liturgics, 1 credit
  • GMSM 665 Performance Class, 0 credits
  • GMSM 670 Sacred Music Internship (Odd & Even), 1 credit
  • GMUS 705 Recital: Sacred Music (Odd & Even), 0 credits
  • GMUS 723 Oral Exam: Sacred Music (Odd & Even), 0 credits
  • GMUS 733 Final Project: Sacred Music (Odd & Even), 0 credits

Total credits: 8

Final Total credits: 30