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History of Sacred Music


“History of Sacred Music" is a ten-week course which will be taught by Emily Lapisardi.  This ten week course provides a survey of the historical role of music in worship from its roots in the Old Testament to the present day, exploring landmark repertoire within the framework of turning-points in ecclesiastical history.  While the class will focus primarily on Christian music in the western world, cross-cultural influences will also be explored.  Each week, students will receive a lecture (approximately one hour in length) and have the opportunity to participate in a live online study session. 

Required text:  Christian Music: A Global History by Tim Dowley.  Recommended supplemental texts:  Te Deum: The Church and Music by Paul Westermeyer and Catholic Music Through the Ages by Edward Schaefer.


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