Advertise on ChoralNet 
ChoralNet logo
The mission of the ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

Sacred Music DMA Preparation

I am planning on applying to several sacred music DMA programs and am wondering about books or suggestions for preparing for the entrance exams and auditions. For example, some schools tests on choral literature, sight-singing, pitch retention, harmonic function, tonal analysis, 20th century analysis, score identification, listening identification, and music history. I have been out of school for a few years and would like to brush up on some of these skills.
I realize there are also a number of church music DMA's. Do you feel these would be limiting when compared to sacred music DMA's? Should I expect that church music degrees will focus equally on both CCM and classical music, or one over the other?
Replies (4): Threaded | Chronological
on June 25, 2015 12:36pm
While I can't say for certain, it would seem to me that the differences between "church music" and "sacred music" degrees would be mostly semantic. My Master of Music in Church Music is from the University of Michigan, and we did not study "CCM" in any of our classes (the church music classes were common between the master and doctoral level students). Mind you this was 14 years ago, but I don't think that much has changed there in that time. Our church music classes focused on organ improvisation, choral conducting from the organ console, hymnody, and various musical administrative aspects of church music.
Blessings on your process!
Julie Ford
on July 12, 2015 8:00pm
Hi Julie, Thank you for your reply. Blessings to you :)
on June 26, 2015 3:19am
If you are in need of information about choral music fitting your preoccupations, do not forget to visit Musica, the international database and virtual library of choral music. Powerful and userfriendly searches for themes, including restrictions to sacred music, century, language, accompanying instrument(s), duration,... can be done there : 
Good luck
on July 12, 2015 8:05pm
Thanks for the website info! :)
  • You must log in or register to be able to reply to this message.