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: DL9500T

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Liturgy

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


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;


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


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


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


Develop coherent and appropriate liturgical or commemorative structures for a variety of musical contexts.

Unit sequence

DL1200T or DL8200T – Intro to Liturgical Thought and Practice, or equivalent


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Short paper of 1,500 words on an historical topic

1500 20.0

portfolio report of 2,000 words on music in an approved community

2000 30.0

essay of 2,500 words

2500 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-28 09:45:46 +1000