Master of Music: Church Music

The 48-hour residential Master of Music in Church Music degree provides an essential foundation for ministry by integrating studies in theology, worship, and music fostered by the relationship with Logsdon Seminary. The graduate student engages in the complex and challenging realm of sacred music in the 21st century. Students will interact with graduate music faculty and other graduate students with diverse talents and backgrounds, offering an ecumenical approach to the study of church music.

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Dr. Leigh Anne Hunsaker-Department Head of Music Education

Dr. Leigh Anne Hunsaker

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  • Master of Music: Church Music (M.M.)

Why earn a Master's in Church Music at HSU?

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During the course of study, students will gain an understanding of church music practice including worship, hymnology, church music history, church music administration, and the relationship between church music and culture.

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Ministry Emphasis

Our students are provided with a strong academic foundation in preparation for successfully fusing music with theology in order to be successful in the world of church music.

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Conducting Emphasis

Our students are provided with a strong academic foundation in preparation for successfully performing and or conducting in the worship music setting.

Program Details

All courses and course descriptions for the Master of Music: Church Music can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Major Field

  • MUCM 5351 Music and Worship – 3
  • MUCM 6351 Church Music Education – 3
  • MUCM 6252 Church Music Materials and Methods – 2
  • MUCM 5327 Survey of Congregational Song – 3
  • MUCM 6353 Church Music Literature – 3
  • Total Major Field – 14

Music Core

  • MUHL 6341 Introduction to Research Techniques – 3
  • MUTC 63XX Graduate level Theory – 3
  • MUHL 52XX  Graduate level Music History – 2
  • MUPS 5181 Conducting – 2

Performance or Ministry Project Options:

Option 1 (performance emphasis)

  • MUPS 6181 Conducting – 2
  • MUPS 6101 Conducting Recital – 1

Option 2 (ministry emphasis)

  • MUCM 5099 Special Studies in Church Music – 2
  • MUCM 60XX Research Project – 1

Total Music Core 13

Theology Core

  • CHST 6300 Introduction to Christian History – 3
  • THEO 6399 Introduction to Christian Theology – 3
  • BIBL 6331/6332 Interpreting the Old Testament – 3
  • BIBL 6311/6312 Interpreting the New Testament – 3
  • Any three hours from MNST, MISS or FMIN courses – 3

Total Theology Core 15

Supportive Courses

  • MUTC 52XX Theory – 2

Choose two graduate-level music electives:4-5 hours

  • MUPC 5321 Pedagogy of Voice*
  • MUCM 5246 History of Church Music in America (Spring, even years)
  • MUCM 5256 Worship Planning and Leadership (Spring, odd years)

Total Supportive Courses 6-7 hours


Students who have not had courses in vocal pedagogy and/or hymnology on the undergraduate level will be required to take these courses as their graduate-level music electives for this degree. Graduate level electives from the Logsdon School of Theology should be chosen from Church Ministry (MNST) studies only: MNST 5364, 5366, 5370, 6350, and 6352.

Entrance requirements (if any besides standard HSU entrance)
Applicants for graduate study in music must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with recognized standing in the National Association of Schools of Music.  The Church Music student must demonstrate by examination proficiency in keyboard, voice, or band/orchestral instrument, demonstrate by examination skill in conducting, and show evidence of aptitude for a career in church music ministry through references and an interview.

Degree holders have the option of serving as music ministers, working for a parachurch organization, or conducing community musical groups.