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Master of Arts in Music Ministry (MAMM)

The Master of Arts in Music Ministry prepares you for both leadership in the worship life of a congregation and in the use of music as a form of ministry outside of the church. Though similar to Master of Sacred Music programs, the MAMM is distinguished by its focus on theological formation and ministry. You will study the role music has in the liturgy and life of a congregation, as well as the history, theory, and practice of music to prepare you for ministry.
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Through the MAMM degree my ministerial capabilities have been broadened and my ability to lead worship has been greatly enhanced. This could only have happened because of the renowned and caring faculty in the area of liturgical studies at Garrett-Evangelical.

Organ Performance Concentration

The Master of Arts in Music Ministry offers an optional Organ Performance concentration. Requirements for the Master of Arts in Music Ministry with an Organ Performance concentration are the same as the MAMM, but with organ electives. The degree total is still 56-credit hours.

The Margaret McElwain Kemper Music Ministry Scholarship

In recognition of her outstanding leadership in music ministry, Garrett-Evangelical has established the Margaret McElwain Kemper Music Ministry Scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to deserving students who wish to pursue a calling to music ministry, particularly those seeking a concentration in organ. If you would like more information about the MAMM with Organ Concentration and the Kemper Music Ministry Scholarship contact the Admissions Office at or by phone at 847.866.3945.

Music Ministry Project

The Master of Arts in Music Ministry final project has two components. The first component emphasizes musical “performance” in which the student demonstrates his or her musical skills in a liturgical or recital context. The second emphasizes critical reflection on the work and practice of music ministry.

Renowned Faculty Dedicated to the Practice of Music Ministry

Our faculty is one of Garrett-Evangelical's greatest assets. They are widely recognized for their expertise, scholarship, and leadership in the Church and academy. They represent most of the major denominations and a variety of theological perspectives. Our faculty members have published hundreds of books and articles, and several hold places of international recognition and preeminence in their fields. Students also have access to the music faculty in the School of Music at Northwestern University, especially those studying voice and conducting.

Our faculty in the area of worship include:

Dr. E. Byron (Ron) Anderson is the Ernest and Bernice Styberg Professor of Worship and Director of the Nellie B. Ebersole Program in Music Ministry at Garrett-Evangelical. An ordained elder in full connection in the Minnesota Conference of The United Methodist Church, Dr. Anderson has served in parish ministry as pastor, musician, and educator. He has written numerous articles, papers, book chapters, and books including Liturgy and the Moral Self (Liturgical Press, 1998) and Worship and Christian Identity: Practicing Ourselves (Liturgical Press/Pueblo Books, 2003). Dr. Anderson is a member of several professional associations including The American Guild of Organists, The Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, and The North American Academy of Liturgy.

Margaret McElwain Kemper, affiliate professor at Garrett-Evangelical and associate professor at Northwestern University, is a frequent organ recitalist both in the United States and abroad. Kemper is a past national president of the American Guild of Organists and is currently organist and director of music at the Presbyterian Homes in Evanston and on the organ faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago.  A Fulbright scholar with André Marchal in Paris, Kemper also studied with Arthur Carkeek at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and Barrett Spach at Northwestern, as well as with Marie-Claire Alain and Anton Heiller at the Academy for Organists in Haarlem, the Netherlands.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Music Ministry is a 50-credit hour program. Students have the option to take 3-9 additional hours to complete denominational ordination requirements if needed. This degree is most often completed in two years for students enrolled full time.

Online Learning

While we honor the traditional methods of instruction and rich heritage of academia, we also embrace non-traditional methods such as online learning and hybrid classes. The maximum number of courses which may be taken in an online format is 1/3 of the degree. Students receiving advanced standing or transfer can take no more than 1/3 of remaining credits toward the degree in an online format. Students seeking ordination should check with the appropriate church authorities to see if there are more specific guidelines that must be met.

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Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor degree in music from an accredited college or university
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Proficiency in the English language
  • Applicants for the organ performance concentration must also audition prior to admission

Admission Process

Applications will be reviewed upon completion. The admissions committee reserves the right to determine, in its sole judgment, whether an applicant is a suitable candidate for a specific degree program or for the vocation that the program represents. Applications are accepted on an ongoing, rolling-admission basis and are due six weeks before date of entry for domestic students. International applications are due March 1st.