Gregorian Chant for Beginners ( taught by Emily Lapisardi, William Mahrt, and Jason Keefer): For centuries, Gregorian Chant was the principal music of the Roman Catholic liturgy, but many parish musicians and clergy have little familiarity or experience with it today. However, The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM 41) states that “Gregorian chant holds pride of place because it is proper to the Roman Liturgy” and it is now enjoying a revival in many parishes. This course is designed for novices in singing and reading chant; it will introduce students to the historical and musical significance of Gregorian Chant, describe its function in the liturgy, explore modes and neumes, and discuss resources and strategies for implementing chant in parishes which are unaccustomed to its use.
Students who choose to audit the course will receive all lectures but cannot participate in live course discussions or receive instructor feedback on their work. Auditing a course does not satisfy SMIA certification track requirements.
Summer flex schedule: students will have thirteen weeks (May 31-August 29) to complete the ten weeks of course content.
Audit only: Gregorian Chant for Beginners
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