Basic Diploma in Music Ministry Program


The purpose of the Basic Diploma in Music Ministry at Sacred Heart Major Seminary is to provide students with a course of study in the area of liturgical music ministry.


SHMS strives to instill in its Basic Diploma in Music Ministry recipients an ability to:

  1. Choose liturgical music with some understanding of its function, appropriateness, and musical value, in light of sacramental and liturgical theology.
  2. Lead the singing of the assembly, with basic integrity, discipline, appreciation for goodness of form, and with an ability to distinguish sacred from profane styles of music.
  3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of harmonic theory and the basic skills of music dictation and sight singing.

Course of Study (28 credit hours)

CLA 161Oral Communication3 cr
THE 123Introduction to the Catholic Faith2 cr
THE 249Introduction to Sacred Scripture3 cr
THE 210Introduction to Liturgy & Sacraments2 cr
MNS 315Liturgical Prayer of the Church2 cr
MUS 350The Art of Liturgical Music3 cr
MUS 219Basic Theory/Ear Training I2 cr
MUS 220Basic Theory/Ear Training II2 cr
MUS 215Piano Proficiency2 cr
MUS 315Vocal Proficiency2 cr
MUS 341Ensemble1 cr
MUS 221-4Individual Instrumental Musica I-IV (O,P,V)4 cr

A portion of the required course work, determined in consultation with the student's academic advisor, may be completed through the Detroit Area Catholic Higher Education Consortium.

Program Requirements

  1. A minimum of 28 credits must be earned through completion of the course of study.
  2. A minimum of 14 semester hours of credit must be earned at SHMS.
  3. The student must maintain a C average (2.0).
  4. The student must participate in 3 (three) Formation Sessions during the course of study.
    1. a. Discernment
    2. b. Theological Reflection
    3. c. Spiritual Direction
  5. The student must participate in an assessment process at the time of graduation.





See a complete list of our Undergraduate Course Descriptions.


See our Academic Catalogs for this and past academic years.


Admissions information for the Basic Diploma in Music Ministry Program can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions page.

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