Choirs, ensembles, cantors and instrumentalists have significant roles in liturgical celebration, but their principal responsibility is to encourage and enable the full, conscious and active participation of the assembly of believers.
In order to serve parish communities well, music ministry leaders must have multiple musical skills, expertise in liturgy and planning, and the pastoral sensibilities necessary to navigate the rubrics, relationships and realities of parish liturgy. The goal of the Master of Arts in Music and Liturgy (MAML) is to help students develop, deepen and integrate a broad range of skills necessary for effective parish ministry in a culturally diverse church.
The MAML is a low-residency program designed to accommodate practitioners of all ages who have ongoing responsibilities at their parishes and/or at home. The 33-credit curriculum can be completed in just 25 months through a combination of experiential learning on the Alverno campus in Milwaukee, Wis., during an annual five-week summer session, and through four online courses (one per semester) that dovetail with students’ work at their home parishes during the year.
The program takes a modular approach to elective courses, offering more than a dozen one-credit options. Students select six electives, which are offered as three-day intensives during the first week of each summer session.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in music or music education, or in theology, pastoral ministry, religious studies, or another field. Applicants must also have experience in music ministry—full-time, part-time or as a volunteer.
Applicants must provide official college transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a curriculum vitae, an essay describing the student’s vision of music and liturgy and goals for graduate study, and a 10-15 minute video demonstrating the applicant’s proficiency in two modes of musical performance (chosen from more than 10 options).