Topics to be covered:
The course is organized around eleven contrasting pieces of Christian music. Each day will divide into three: (a) the general overview, (b) the musical craft, and (c) the theological context. The general overview will introduce the broad themes, which are as follows:
- What is worship
- Musical and Revivalist Preaching
- Music and the Charismatic Movement
- Music and Liturgy
- Music and Biblical narrative
- The Spirituals
The eleven contrasting examples of Christian music will then be explored both in terms of musical composition and theology. The week will be organized as follows:
Monday: Amazing Grace: Can it be
Tuesday: Shine Jesus Shine; Magnificat and Nunc Dimmitis
Wednesday: Handle’s Messiah; Vivaldi’s Gloria
Thursday: Streams of Worship; Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Friday: Just as I am; I lift my hands.
Rationale for and goals of the course:
This course meets a number of the teaching goals; it is aimed at clergy, pastors, lay people with an interest in the musical experience. It stresses the diversity of traditions underpinning Christian worship and affirms the importance of the contextual and historical location.
The major goals of the course are as follows:
1. To enable students to have a greater appreciation of the role of music in Christian worship;
2. To provide students with guidance about the arrangement and delivery of a good musical experience for a congregation;
3. To cultivate a sense of the diverse forms of music within the Christian tradition and a grasp of some of the major theological issues underpinning these different forms.
Learning Outcomes of the course:
Students at the end of the course will:
1. Have a clearer understanding of the importance of and diversity of music within the Christian tradition;
2. Have participated in and appreciated the importance of the delivery of a good musical experience for a congregation;
3. Have a clear understanding of the relationship of music to worship and the related theological issues underpinning.
Method/s of Delivery:
Singing, playing, lecturing, discussion, and worship services.
Method of Assessment:
Prior to the course: Five page book Review of Ronald P. Byars, The Future of Protestant Worship. Beyond the Worship Wars (WJK 2002) (learning outcome one)
During the course: Participation in a small group of the preparation and delivery of part of a worship service to held at Hartford Seminary Chapel (learning outcome two)
After the course: Having visited a church, write a 5 page paper which explores the types of music being used in the service and analyzing the theological themes in the music (learning outcome three)
A 5 page paper which outlines your own understanding of the relationship of music to worship and theology (learning outcome three).
Ronald P. Byars, The Future of Protestant Worship. Beyond the Worship Wars (WJK 2002)
Benedict, Daniel T. and Craig Kennet Miller, Contemporary Worship of the 21st Century (Discipleship Resources)
Ronald P. Byars, The Future of Protestant Worship. Beyond the Worship Wars (Louisville: Westminister John Knox 2002)
Christopher Idle, ‘Hymns: Surprising Light’ in The Expository Times Volume 112, No. 7 April 2001: 225-228
Andrew Wilson-Dickson, The Story of Christian Music. From Gregorian Chant to Black
Gospel An Illustrated Guide to all the Major Traditions of Music in Worship (MN: Fortress Press 1996)
Howard Thurman, Deep River and the Negro Spiritual Speaks of Life and Death (A Howard Thuman book 1975)
J. McKinnon, Music in Early Christian Literature (Cambridge 1987)
A. Sendrey, Music in Ancient Israel (London 1969)
J. E. Stevens, Words and Music in the Middle Ages (Cambridge 1986
C. Schalk, A Handbook of Church Music (St Louis 1978
D. Davie and R. Stevenson, English Hymnology in the Eighteenth century (Los Angeles 1980
M. Percy in J. Jobling and Robert Hannaford, (ed.) Theology and the body: gender, text and ideology (Leominister 1999)