Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music

The undergraduate sacred music program is designed for students who are preparing for professional careers in church music. The curriculum provides courses in theological, liturgical, sociological, and practical dimensions of music ministry and requires at least one year of supervised field education in an affiliate church.

Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music (126 semester hours)

Choirs and Conducting


CR109Chapel Choir (2 terms) 2 (1 per term)
 Schola Cantorum (2 terms) 2 (1 per term)
 Symphonic Choir (4 terms) 4 (1 per term)

 Fundamentals of Conducting


CR315 Techniques of Conducting 3
Applied Music and Diction 24
 Voice, Organ, or Voice Primary (8 terms) 16 (2 per term)

Voice or Piano Secondary (4 terms)

4 (1 per term)
 English & Italian Diction 2
 French & German Diction *1
Theory and Music History 33
Musicianship I/II/III
12 (4 perm)
Contemporary Trends 3
 Theory level I elective 3
 Theory level II elective 3
MH247/248Music Historiography I/II (2 courses)
6 (3 per term)
Music History Since 1900 3
 Music History elective 3
Professional Studies 19
SM121Survey of Sacred Music Literature 3
SM122Worship and Theology 3
SM340Church Field Education (2 terms) 2 (1 per term)
Sacred Music Lab (4 terms) 0

Colloquium in Sacred Music (4 terms)

8 (2 per term)
SM541 Conducting in Church Choirs: Pedagogy and Management 3
Arts and Sciences 30

English Composition

 Foreign Language I/II/III/IV (4 courses) *2
12 (2 per term)
 Biblical studies elective 3
 Social/Behavioral/Natural Science elective 3
 History elective 3
 Arts & Sciences electives (2 courses) 6
Free Electives 6

Free electives *3



  1. Attendance is required of all undergraduate Sacred Music majors at weekly Lab or Colloquium meetings during every semester of enrollment, up to a total of 4 semesters for SM511(Lab) and up to a total of 4 semesters for SM531 (Colloquium).
  2. Attendance is required of all graduate Sacred Music majors at weekly Lab (SM511) up to a total of 2 semesters.
  3. Non-voice primary students may substitute two credits of free electives for VC116.
  4. Completion of French, German, Italian, Latin, or Spanish IV is required. If students are exempted from one or more semesters of foreign language study, they must replace the missing credits with other Arts & Sciences electives.

Disclaimer:  The course information provided above is from the 2014-2015 Academic Catalog and is updated annually as new editions are released.  Prior editions of the catalog are also available online.  The catalog under which the student enters serves as the official record of admission, academic, and graduation requirements.  It is the student’s individual responsibility to be aware of the current graduation requirements for his or her particular degree program.  While the University makes reasonable efforts to keep website material current and correct, this information is subject to the University's academic policy committees, relevant accreditation organizations, and (in some instances) state and federal laws and regulations.