Providing ministry education opportunities since 1962

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GTF Sacred Music Program Mission Statement

The Mission of the Sacred Music program is to offer graduate level educational opportunities to practicing credentialed ministry professionals. The degrees recognize the students’ level of experience and expertise already achieved and prepare them for employment and/or the pursuit of advanced study in music and ministry-related fields. The core curriculum, which can be tailored to fit the specific needs of individual students, focuses on the refinement of established applied music skills, and the pursuit of advanced historical and liturgical studies. These educational goals are accomplished through adept instruction, creative choices, and the flexibility of the Graduate Theological Foundation model.  

Degree Programs

Master of Sacred Music (M.S.M.)
Description
The Master of Sacred Music has become the standard first professional degree for persons engaged in parish music ministries. Persons serving in any religious tradition as a cantor, director or minister of music, pastoral musician, pastor of worship, organist, etc., and who possess an undergraduate degree in some area of music, are welcome to apply. The degree includes the traditional interdisciplinary studies of a master’s degree in this field (sacred music foundation, hymnology, liturgy, parish music literature and administration, applied work, and theological study).  Read more about the Master of Sacred Music degree program.
Doctor of Sacred Music (D.S.M.)
Description
The Doctor of Sacred Music is a second level professional degree for persons engaged in parish music ministries as a cantor, director or minister of music, pastoral musician, pastor of worship, organist, etc., or in other contexts in which the individual serves in a sacred music capacity, such as a music missionary. Persons who possess a master’s degree in church, liturgical or sacred music, or who have earned a master’s degree in another area of music within which sacred music study was undertaken, are welcome to apply.  Read more about the Doctor of Sacred Music degree program.
Faculty
Vivian Robles Dettbarn-Slaughter
Fellow and Professor of Sacred Music and Graduate Music Advisor
– D.S.M. (Graduate Theological Foundation)
– M.A. (Appalachian State University)
– B.A. (University of California )
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Martha Sobaje
Professor of Sacred Music
– D.S.M. (Graduate Theological Foundation)
– M.M. (Eastman School of Music)
– B.M. (University of the Pacific in Stockton, California)
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Brian Taylor
Professor of Sacred Music
– D.S.M. (Graduate Theological Foundation)
– M.Div. (Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary)
– M.S.M. (Southern Methodist University )
– M.M. (Southern Methodist University )
– B.M. (Westminster Choir College)
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Christoph Tietze
Professor of Sacred Music
– D.S.M. (Graduate Theological Foundation)
– M.M.A. (Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University)
– M.M. (Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University)
– B.A. (San Jose State University)
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