Graduate Division

Curricula for Graduate Degrees

Organ and Sacred Music

Doctor of Music in Organ and Sacred Music

Admission Requirements

Master’s degree in organ and sacred music or its demonstrated equivalent. For additional information, see "Admission Requirements" in the Graduate Division section of this bulletin.


36 credit hours

  • Q900 Organ Graduate Major (12 cr.), concurrent with I500 Studio Masterclass (0 cr.)
  • Q601 Doctoral Organ Recital (with at least 15 minutes of each recital from memory) (1-1 cr.)
  • Q608 Doctoral Organ/Choir Practicum (1 cr.)
  • C500 Independent Study in Sacred Music Practices (1 cr.)
  • C501 Sacred Music Colloquium to be taken during two spring semesters of enrollment (1-1 cr.)
  • C524 Organ Improvisation (2 cr.)
  • C540 The History of Christian Worship and Sacred Music (2 cr.)
  • C541 Sacred Music: Philosophy and Practice I (2 cr.)
  • E521 The Children's Chorus (3 cr.)
  • E594 Voice Pedagogy (3 cr.)
  • M620 Doctoral Final Project (3 cr.)
  • 3 credit hours chosen from:
    • M675 Seminar in Organ Literature: Renaissance and Baroque (3 cr.)
    • M676 Seminar in Organ Literature: Classic and Romantic (3 cr.)
    • M677 Seminar in Organ Literature: Music Since 1900 (3 cr.)
    • M678 Seminar in Organ Literature: Organ Works of J. S. Bach (3 cr.)
    • E589 Organ Pedagogy (2 cr.) and E590 Organ Pedagogy Practicum (1 cr.)
Minor and Other Required Credits

24 credit hours. See “Structure of Doctoral Curricula” under General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees in this bulletin.

Tool Subjects
  • M539 Introduction to Music Bibliography (2 cr.)
  • Proficiency in the following areas to be demonstrated through examination or by passing each of the following with a minimum grade of B:
    • C504 Keyboard Skills Review (1 cr.) For sight-reading, transposition, modulation, and figured bass. This proficiency must be met before enrolling in C524 Organ Improvisation.
    • C510 Service Playing Review (1 cr.) For console conducting, hymn playing, accompanying, and score reading).
    • M576 Survey of Organ Literature (1 cr.) For review of organ literature and related instrument design and performance practices. The organ literature proficiency exam or M576 must be passed before enrolling in M675, M676, M677, ir M678.

Students must take all proficiency examinations before or within their first semester of enrollment; with organ department permission, they may take specific examinations for a second time in their second semester of enrollment. For any examination not passed, students must pass the relevant review course. Successful completion of C504 and/or C510 will satisfy the keyboard proficiency requirement for this degree.

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