The purpose of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree specializing in church music is to equip persons with knowledge, attitudes, and skills that may be applied in research, performance, teaching, ministry, and denominational leadership in the field of church music. The Doctor of Musical Arts degree is designed to lead graduates to meet the following goals:
The Division of Church Music Ministries may be contacted by phone at (504) 282-4455, ext. 3229 or (800) NOBTS-01, ext. 3229 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor of Music Education
Director of the DMA Program
(504) 282-4455, ext. 3267
|Application Deadline for Spring 2018 Entrance||October 15, 2017|
|Workshop Intensives for Fall 2017 Semester||September 21-23, 2017|
|October 26-28, 2017|
|November 30-December 2, 2017|
|Registration for Spring 2018 Semester||October 30-November 13, 2017|
MUWM9400 Advanced Studies in Historical Perspectives of Worship – Mike Sharp
(Course meets Sept. 21-22, Oct. 26-27, and Nov. 30-Dec. 1; Thursdays 1-9 p.m., Fridays 8-10:15 a.m.)
MUSR9302 Reading Colloquium #2 Contemporary Trends in Church Music – Darryl Ferrington
(Course meets Sept. 22, Oct. 27, and Dec. 1; Fridays 10:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.)
MUHI9300 Theology of Contemporary Hymnody – Ed Steele and Robert Stewart
(Course meets Sept. 22-23, Oct. 27-28, and Dec. 1-2; Fridays 1:30-9 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m.-12 noon)
MUOR/MUPI/MUVO9301 Advanced Studies in (Applied Concentration) Pedagogy - Applied teachers
(TBA by each applied teacher)
The DMA consists of the following elements:
The student's program is guided by a faculty advisor during the residency stage and guidance committee during the senior residency and candidacy stages. Faculty guidance assignments are made by the DMA Coordinator in consultation with the Division Chair.
A student may take no more than two DMA core seminars a semester. Additional colloquia, concentration seminars, and private study may be added to this load but should be undertaken with careful consideration of available time and resources.
The written qualifying examination is administered after the student has completed a minimum of 32 hours and includes music history and literature, music theory, recognition of musical styles, and bibliography. The results of the qualifying examination are used to determine the student's continuance in the DMA program. Should the student qualify, the results of the examination are utilized in determining courses for the senior residency stage of the student's program.
The oral comprehensive examination is administered near the completion of course requirements and covers the major field of church music plus one concentration area. After submission of the dissertation, the candidate is given a final examination focusing on the dissertation. The program must be completed within seven years.
|Introduction to Research and Writing||3 hours|
|Two Supervised Reading Colloquia (3 hours each)||6 hours|
|Four DMA Seminars (4 hours each)||16 hours|
|Two Concentration Seminars (3 hours each) and/or
Private Instruction Hours and Recitals
|Qualifying Examination||1 hour|
|Three Concentration Seminars (3 hours each) and/or
Private Instruction Hours and Recitals
|One Supervised Reading Colloquium||3 hours|
|Dissertation Research Proposal Approval||1 hour|
|Prospectus Development||3 hours|
|Oral Comprehensive Examination||1 hour|
|Dissertation Prospectus Approval||1 hour|
|Dissertation Research and Writing||4 hours|
|Dissertation Defense||1 hour|
Applications for the DMA program are now being accepted for the Spring 2018 semester. Application forms may be downloaded from the links below. All materials must be received by October 15, 2017 for qualified applicants to be considered for January 2018 entrance.
Completed forms and a $35 application fee should be mailed to
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Division of Church Music Ministries
3939 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70126
Each applicant for the DMA program also must complete a Criminal Background Check by following the link below, and results must be available before the applicant can be considered for admission. The $29.95 fee is payable online to CastleBranch.