The Master of Sacred Music (MSMus) provides graduate level training in the art of leading sacred music with both musical and theological depth to equip persons from any Christian tradition for competent leadership of music for worship in congregations and other settings. Areas of specialty include: organ, piano, composition, guitar, voice, and conducting.
The MSMus program consists of 20 credits from Emmanuel College and the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. Students must complete an integrative project practicum that assesses the student’s vocational leadership competency, as well as an oral exam that assesses the theo-musical competency of the student. The program may be completed purely on a part-time basis and up to eight years are allowed for completion. Students are admitted in the Fall semester only.
Photo: MSMus Students 2015-2016
What would I study? Quick Glance
Emmanuel Courses: Old Testament I or New Testament II, History of Christianity, Worship I, Songs of the Church, History of Sacred Music, Education and Faith Formation, Theology I, TST Choir, Two Emmanuel/TST electives in Pastoral and Bible or Theology, and Practicum with Integrative Project
Faculty of Music Courses: Applied Performance I & II, Conducting I & II, Choral/World Music Ensemble. The two music electives in: Music Education and Performance Studies
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Upon completion of the MSMus, graduates will:
Religious Faith and Heritage
• Demonstrate knowledge of the Christian heritage, and articulate clearly their own theological positions (as related to musical materials).
• Interpret scripture and Christian texts using a variety of methods, sources, and norms.
• Identify and respect the diversity of theological viewpoints and practices within the Christian tradition.
• Demonstrate critical understanding for music ministries of the relationship between faith practices and cultural contexts.
• Employ diverse methods of analysis in relating to cultural contexts of music ministries and demonstrate skill of an advanced level performance appropriate to those contexts (e.g., voice, keyboard, conducting).
• Give evidence of critical self-awareness with regard to their own and other faith perspectives and practices of music ministry.
• Demonstrate understanding of the variety of callings and spiritual practices within the Christian tradition, and an ability to reflect critically on their own sense of call to leadership and service.
• Attend to the role of music in spiritual development and well-being of self and others.
• Show awareness of the ways in which their spirituality is expressed in music.
Music Ministry Leadership
• Demonstrate initiative, responsibility, and accountability in personal relationships and group contexts.
• Demonstrate knowledge of theories and practices relevant to musical leadership.
• Articulate varieties of Christian worship, including elements of praise and prayer, and be capable of authoring musical materials for worship events.