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Master's of Sacred Arts, Individual Courses

Introduction to Sacred Music


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Matthew Williams
Purchase for $300

 

Introduction to Sacred Music

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Pontifex University

MSA Program

 

1 credit /4.25 CEUs

.Professor:.Matthew Williams

mwilliams@gregorythegreatacademy.org

 

The course is offered asynchronously on our LMS, NEO.  To access the course and complete it successfully, you will need an internet capable device with sound and a current internet browser: either the current or the previous release of Chrome, Firefox and Safari, or Internet Explorer 11+ (for Windows 8 and previous versions), and Microsoft Edge (for Windows 10+) to run the LMS.  In addition, courses require the use of microphone and webcam, a PDF viewer, word-processing software compatible with Microsoft Office suite and a current email address. For help with the NEO platform see the Help Center in the LMS, found by clicking on the “?” in the upper right hand corner after you have logged in.  For log in questions, registration questions, or problems with missing content or content malfunctions, contact the teaching assistant, Elizabeth Froula at efroula@pontifex.university.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Students will learn the types and place of sacred music in the Church, as well as a general overview of the history sacred music, reading Gregorian Chant. Classroom instruction will also incorporate music of the Divine Office and other ceremonies of the Roman Rite.

Promoting the use of music in the work of evangelization is an essential element to the program, and so the philosophy of church music and its influence on our culture is discussed through the study of both the theological and moral importance of good musical forms based on writings of popes, church fathers, theologians and philosophers.

 

COURSE-LEVEL STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVE:

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Define Sacred Music
  • Distinguish and identify different types of Sacred Music, including their place in the history of Sacred Music
  • Distinguish Mass ordinaries and Propers
  • Discuss the use of instruments in the liturgy according to the magisterial documents
  • Read basic chant

 

COURSE TEXTS:

This course relies on materials handed out by the instructor, which are available in the online course platform.

 

GRADING CRITERIA

 

 

 

Grading is based on the scoring of four equal parts, described below: 

1/4 - In Class Quiz Scores

1/4 - Discussion Forum Participating 

1/4 - Recording and Skill Demonstration 

1/4 - Final Exam 

 

 

Grading Scale

Grade

Numerical

Equivalent*

Grade

Numerical

Equivalent*

A

94-100

C

74-76

A-

90-93

C-

70-73

B+

87-89

D+

67-69

B

84-86

D

64-66

B-

80-83

D-

60-63

C+

77-79

F

Below 60

* Grades will be rounded up or down to nearest whole number based on 10th percent

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Students wishing to take this course for continuing education units must first submit an application. Transcripts are not required. 
  • Students must complete all quizzes and tests.
  • Final grade must be 79% or above. 
  • CEU students do not need to submit papers. 

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COURSE OUTLINE:

The Introduction to Sacred Music Course consists of 15 online lessons (listed below) which include approximately one hour each of in-class and subsequent outside work. Assignments include reading, quizzes, online lectures, instructional videos demonstrating the skill of Gregorian Chant, recording yourself and uploading files to the Pontifex website, and other tasks given by the instructor.

 

Lesson Name

Description

What is Sacred Music

An introductory lesson for sacred music, introducing terms and important Church documents

The Types of Sacred Music

Distinguishes between liturgical and non-liturgical music; gives examples of appropriate music for liturgy

The Place of Sacred Music Part 1: The Mass Ordinary

Gives an overview of the Ordinary parts of the Mass, their place and their music

The Place of Sacred Music Part 2: The Mass Proper

Gives an overview of the propers of the Mass, their liturgical place, their musical characteristics

The Place of Sacred Music Part 3: The Divine Office

Gives and overview of the Divine Office, the various versions in use and the music that belongs to the Divine Office

Reading Chant 1

Teaches the basics of reading Gregorian chant starting with Solfege and identifying notes.

Reading Chant 2

Teaches the basics of Gregorian chant moving into neumes, puncti and bar lines

Introduction to chant, its history and its development

A history of the development and use of chant in liturgical music

Organum

Basic knowledge of the techniques of Organum

Polyphony

Gives an introduction to polyphonic music and the great composers of this type of music

Hymnody

Gives and introduction to hymns and distinguishes them from other types of religious music

Hymnody 2

Discusses the types of hymns used in the liturgy and the place of hymns in the liturgy

Psalmody

Modes and history of singing the psalms in Gregorian chant in Latin and English

The organ and other intruments 

Principles and history of non-vocal sacred music

 

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PROPRIETARY INTEREST POLICY

Faculty are permitted to refer to notable past work and achievements (including publications and educational activities not offered by Pontifex University, and even those offered for personal profit) in their published biography on the Pontifex website and course promotions. In the context of educational activities undertaken for Pontifex University, including videos, live or recorded, teachers, can recommend or bring to the attention such work for students (even if for personal profit, for example, books or podcasts) but only with approval by Pontifex University and when it is related to the teaching purpose of the class.  An instructor’s related work will be noted in the syllabus as appropriate.  Instructors may use their own materials as required in their courses and learning events as long as the materials are appropriate for the particular learning event.

 

Failure to comply with this policy will result in a warning or administration modification of course materials. Violations of this policy should be reported to the Provost.

 

Here is the class outline:

1. Lesson 1

What is Sacred Music

2. Lesson 2

Types of Sacred Music

3. Lesson 3

The Place of Sacred Music Part 1 - Mass Ordinary

4. Lesson 4

The Place of Sacred Music Part 2 - Mass Propers

5. Lesson 5

The Place of Sacred Music Part 3 - Divine Office

6. Lesson 6

Reading Chant 1

7. Lesson 6.5

Reading Chant 2

8. Lesson 7

Introduction to Chant - Its History and Development

9. Lesson 8

Organum

10. Lesson 9

Polyphony

11. Lesson 10

Hymnody

12. Lesson 11

Hymnody 2

13. Lesson 12

Psalmody

14. Lesson 13

The Organ and Other Instruments

15. Lesson 14

Final Lesson Review

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