This will qualify holders to undertake posts as organists, cantors, or directors of music at parish or diocesan level.
The Master’s Degree in Liturgical Music is a joint academic and practice-based programme which will qualify holders to undertake posts as organists, cantors, or directors of music at parish or diocesan level. Each year of the programme will consist with specific attention to the area of liturgical music. This academic component will be balanced by an intensive course of supervised practical training in a number of core liturgical music disciplines.
- To provide an academic framework appropriate to the study of Theology at Masters level.
- To provide students with an in-depth theological and theoretical formation in the Church's liturgy.
- To form students in the historical, textual, doctrinal and technical aspects of liturgical music.
- To enhance students' critical awareness of music composed for and performed in the liturgy.
- To significantly enhance participants' competency and confidence in selected practical disciplines.
The course is especially suited to applicants who have studied Theology and Music to degree level. Candidates should normally have obtained at least a Second Class Honours, Grade I overall. The Faculty of Theology may also accept candidates whom it deems to have an equivalent standard. As the programme contains a significant practical component, prospective candidates will need, on application, to furnish evidence of proficiency in at least one of the following three areas: (a) Cantor, (b) Organ, (c) Liturgical Composition. An interview will be part of the selection process.