Worship Old and New: Exploring and Evaluating Music in the Church

WYP2119HF  L0101
Offered in Summer 2011  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course examines differing models of music’s role in worship and the implications of changing musical practices in the church. We will explore timely questions for those preparing to enter parish ministry, including: what do debates over “traditional” vs. “contemporary” music styles in worship mean? How should we choose from the plethora of current options when selecting songs for worship? What models can help us approach congregational music from theological and cultural perspectives? The goals of this course are to encourage a thorough understanding, grounded in theological and anthropological analysis, of music in worship; to provide students with resources to think through the theological and pastoral implications of musical choices made during worship; and to equip them with practical resources for finding edifying traditional and contemporary congregational worship songs. Evaluation will be based on class participation, short reflection papers, a group presentation, and a final paper based on interviews with music ministers and congregants. Lecture/discussion format with group presentations. Class participation (20%), short reflection papers (30%), a group presentation (10%), and a final paper or project (40%).

Schedule: 09:00 to 15:00 · Begins: 05/02 · Ends: 05/06
Schedule Notes: May 2-6
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Max: 25
Enrollment Notes: Withdrawal Deadline: May 3

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