To produce graduates who are prepared for any or all of the following, depending on their accomplishments and goals:

  • service as organists and/or music directors in respected church music programs
  • service as teachers and performers within their local and regional communities
  • undertaking the establishment of a professional career via competitions and further performance experiences
  • beginning doctoral studies in organ performance or sacred music

Degree Requirements

Major Area
ORGN 501-503: Graduate Applied Organ 12
PERF: One Graduate Recital (see Final Project) 0
Other Studies in Music
Choose from the following: 2
MLT 570: Organ Literature (2 credits)
MUS 575: Applied Music Pedagogy: Organ (2)
MHS 520: Research and Bibliography 2
MUS 501: Graduate Assistants’ Forum
Required of all graduate assistants; open to, but not required of, all other graduate students  
MUS 54X: Graduate Ensemble 0
The student must enroll in an appropriate major ensemble [or accompanying] each semester of residence, with or without credit, in consultation with the directors of choral and instrumental activities.  
Choose from among the following: 6
Choose one music history course and one theory course.  
MHS 590: Seminar in Music History (topics vary by semester) (3)
MHS 595: Special Topics in Music History (3)
MTH 567: Systems of Analysis and Contemporary Art Music (3)
MTH 566: Advanced Orchestration (3)
MTH 558: Sixteenth Century Counterpoint (3)
MTH 563: Form and Analysis (3)
MTH 475: Synthesizer/Computer Applications (3)
MTH 595: Special Topics in Music Theory (3)
MHUM 501: Seminar: Music, Worship and Culture in Christian Perspective 3
Music courses* numbered 500** or above. 7
*No more than 2 credit hours of ensemble may count as music elective hours toward the degree.  
**A limited number of music courses numbered 400 or above may also be taken as electives, with the approval of the graduate advisor.  

Final Project

The student must perform one full solo recital. The student must submit recital programs and concert program notes.