Music in the Christian Worshipping Community

Field: Church History OR Liturgy
Unit Code(s): CH2500T (Class based only) OR DL2500T (Class based only)
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (Level 2)
Delivery mode:

Face-to face

INTENSIVE: 1/2 March, 22/23 March, 5/6 April (6 days)

Prerequisites: DL1200T – Introduction to Liturgical Thought and Practice, or equivalent

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.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • 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
  • identify key features of the context and method of ‘successful’ Christian music and music making
  • interpret a range of contemporary and historical sources with various historical and critical tools
  • discuss the implications of particular musical understandings for the practice of ministry in the contemporary Christian church
  • 1,000-word short paper on an historical topic (20%)
  • 1,500-word portfolio report on music in an approved community (30%)
  • 2,000-word essay (50%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

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.

Leaver, Robyn. The Liturgy and Music. A Study of the Use of the Hymn in Two Liturgical Traditions. Grove Liturgical Study #6, 1976.

Routley, Eric. Church Music and the Christian Faith. London: Collins, 1978.

* Westermeyer, Paul. Te Deum: The Church and Music. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1998.

Westermeyer, Paul. 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.