Today’s Question: Teaching New Music
Teaching new music to a congregation can be difficult and depends on a variety of factors including the community’s musical ability. Many communities will introduce a new Mass setting, hymn, acclamation, etc., by doing a short tutorial at the start of Mass. Depending on how quickly the congregation learns the new music, a tutorial might be needed several Sundays in a row. But tutorials before Mass are disliked by some as a distracting and non-prayerful way to begin a liturgy. Is there a way to avoid them and accomplish the same end, or at least make them less objectionable?
I am curious to know how your community introduces new music. What practices do you find most helpful? How do you gauge whether the community has become comfortable with the music being introduced?
Please comment below.
Moderator’s note: “Non solum” is a feature at Pray Tell for our readership community to discuss practical liturgical issues. The title comes from article 11 of the Vatican II liturgy constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium: “Therefore there is to be vigilance among holy pastors that in liturgical action not only are laws for valid and licit celebration to be observed, but that the faithful should participate knowingly, actively, and fruitfully.” (Ideo sacris pastoribus advigilandum est ut in actione liturgica non solum observentur leges ad validam et licitam celebrationem, sed ut fideles scienter, actuose et fructuose eandem participent.) May the series contribute to good liturgical practice – not only following the law, but especially grasping the spirit of the liturgy!