History of Sacred Music
“History of Sacred Music" is a ten-week course which will be taught by Emily Lapisardi, director of music at the Catholic Chapel at the United States Military Academy (West Point, NY). 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.