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.
(504) 282-4455, ext. 3267
|Application Deadline for Spring 2020 Entrance||October 15, 2019|
|Workshop Intensives for Fall 2019 Semester||September 19-21, 2019|
|October 24-26, 2019|
|November 21-23, 2019|
|Registration for Spring 2020 Semester||November 4-18, 2019|
MUWM9400 Advanced Studies in Historical Perspectives of Worship – Michael Sharp (W/H and Applied)
(Course meets Sept. 19-20, Oct. 24-25 [CIV], and Nov. 21-22; Thursdays 1-7:30 p.m., Fridays 8-10:15 a.m.)
MUDC9300 Introduction to Music Research and Writing - Greg Woodward (W/H and Applied)
(Course meets Sept. 20, Oct. 25 [CIV], and Nov. 22; Fridays 10:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.)
MUHI9304 Advanced Studies in Lyrical Theology – Ed Steele (W/H)
(Course meets Sept. 20-21, Oct. 25-26 [CIV], and Nov. 22-23; Fridays 1:30-8:30 p.m. [with break], Saturdays 8-11 a.m)
|Application Deadline for Fall 2020 Entrance||March 15, 2020|
|Workshop Intensives for Spring 2020 Semester||February 20-22, 2020|
|March 26-28, 2020|
|April 30-May 2, 2020|
|Registration for Fall 2020 Semester||April 20-May 4, 2020|
MUWM9303 Contextual Dimensions in Current Worship Research – Michael Sharp (W/H)
(Course meets Feb. 20-21, Mar 26-27 [CIV], and Apr. 30-May 1; Thursdays 1-7:30 p.m., Fridays 8-10:15 a.m.)
MUSR9301 Supervised Reading Colloquium 1: Worship in Ministry and Practice - Michael Sharp (W/H)
(Course meets Feb. 21, Mar. 27 [CIV], and May 1; Fridays 10:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.)
MUHI9401 Advanced Studies in Church Music History – Ed Steele (W/H and Applied)
(Course meets Feb. 21-22, Mar. 27-28 [CIV], and May 1-2; Fridays 1:30-8:30 p.m. [with break], Saturdays 8-11 a.m)
MUPA9300 Studies in Performing Arts Literature -- Faculty (Applied)
Private lessons in Applied Concentrations are TBA between the applied professor and the DMA student.
MUCO9104 (1 hour) or MUCO9204 (2 hours) -- Private Conducting
MUOR9110 (1 hour), MUOR9210 (2 hours), or MUOR9310 (3 hours) -- Private Organ
MUPI9110 (1 hour), MUPI9210 (2 hours), or MUPI9310 (3 hours) -- Private Piano
MUVO9110 (1 hour), MUVO9210 (2 hours), or MUVO9310 (3 hours) -- Private Voice
The DMA consists of the following elements:
The student's program is guided by the DMA Coordinator during the residency stage and faculty advisor/guidance committee during the senior residency and candidacy stages. Faculty guidance assignments are made by the DMA Coordinator in consultation with the Division Chair.
The written comprehensive examination is administered after the student has completed approximately 40 hours and includes music history and literature, music theory, recognition of musical styles, and bibliography. The results of the comprehensive 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 examination is administered after the proposal has been approved by the committee, the prospectus course has been passed, and all appropriate corrections have been made. The oral exam is a defense of the completed prospectus before the music faculty. After submission of the dissertation, the candidate is given a final examination focusing on the dissertation. Applied students also must complete a lecture recital immediately prior to the dissertation defense. 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 Fall 2018 semester. Application forms may be downloaded from the links below. All materials must be received by March 15, 2018 for qualified applicants to be considered for August 2018 entrance.
Completed forms and a $40 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 background check fee is payable online to CastleBranch.