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 Fall 2019 Entrance||March 15, 2019|
|Workshop Intensives for Spring 2019 Semester||February 21-23, 2019|
|April 4-6, 2019|
|May 2-4, 2019|
|Registration for Fall 2019 Semester||April 1-15, 2019|
MUTH9400 Advanced Studies in Analysis and Composition – Jason Waggoner (W/H and Applied)
(Course meets Feb. 21-22, Apr. 4-5, and May 2-3; Thursdays 1-9 p.m., Fridays 8-10:15 a.m.)
MUSR9302 Supervised Reading Colloquium 2: Contemporary Trends in Church Music - Darryl Ferrington (W/H)
(Course meets Feb. 22, Apr. 5, and May 3; Fridays 10:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.)
MUHI9303 Music and Worship in the Biblical World – Ed Steele and Dennis Cole (W/H)
(Course meets Feb. 22-23, Apr. 5-6, and May 3-4; Fridays 1:30-9:00 p.m., Saturdays 8:00 a.m.-12 noon)
The following Advanced Studies in (Concentration) Pedagogy courses are TBA with the specific concentration professor:
MUCO9301 -- Advanced Studies in Conducting Pedagogy
MUOR9301 -- Advanced Studies in Organ Pedagogy
MUPI9301 -- Advanced Studies in Piano Pedagogy
MUVO9301 -- Advanced Studies in Voice Pedagogy
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 Director during the residency stage and faculty advisor/guidance committee during the senior residency and candidacy stages. Faculty guidance assignments are made by the DMA Director 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.