Content

This unit offers a study of the music of the Western Christian Church with an emphasis on music history, biblical imperatives and ‘traditional’ and ‘contemporary’ practices. It examines effective music ministry through historical and contemporary case studies and encourages participants to look critically at the musical practices of their own worshipping communities.

Unit code: CH2500T

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Church History

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes

1.

Outline a chronology of key events in music history, especially as it relates to the Western Christian Church and describe their original, traditional and current significance;

2.

Apply key principles of historical and musical criticism to (musical) texts;

3.

Identify key features of the context and method of ‘successful’ Christian music and music making

4.

Evaluate the implications of particular musical understandings for the practice of ministry in the contemporary Christian church.

Unit sequence

DL1200T – Intro to Liturgical Thought and Practice, or equivalent

Indicative Bibliography

  • Joncas, J. Michael. From Sacred Song to Ritual Music. 20th Century Understandings of Roman Catholic Worship Music. Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 1997.
  • Foley, Edward. The Foundations of Christian Music. Grove, 1992.
  • Foley, Edward, ed. Worship Music: A Concise Dictionary. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2000.
  • Leaver, Robin. The Liturgy and Music. A Study of the Use of the Hymn in Two Liturgical Traditions. Grove Liturgical Study #6, 1976.
  • Routley, Erik. Church Music and the Christian Faith. London: Collins, 1978.
  • Westermeyer, Paul. Te Deum: The Church and Music. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1998. (recommended for purchase)
  • ––. The Church Musician. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1997.
  • Wood, H. D’Arcy. Music for Liturgy in an Australian Context. Australian Journal of Liturgy, Vol. 6, No. 2, October 1997.
  • Wren, Brian. Praying Twice: The Music and Words of Congregational Song. Westminster: John Knox Press, 2000.
  • Young, Carlton. My Great Redeemer’s Praise. Ohio: OSL, 1995.

Assessment

Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Report

Portfolio report of 1,500 words on music in an approved community

0 30.0
Essay

Essay of 2,000 words

0 50.0
Essay

Short paper of 1,000 words on an historical topic

0 20.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 28 Jul, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:46 +1100