Fr. Anthony Ruff is offering 1 credit of Gregorian Chant entirely online this September 28 to November 20. The online format is economical because there are no travel or room and board costs for participants. The course is aynchronous, done at the student’s own pace over the course of each week.
This course is a comprehensive introduction to Gregorian Chant, with practical emphasis on singing it in the liturgy. Topics treated: historical development, Latin pronunciation, notation, modality, rhythmic interpretation, repertoire and liturgical use, English adaptations, and conducting. Some knowledge of the basics of music theory is expected. Participants will have the opportunity to submit short videos of their singing (and optionally, conducting) each week.
Instructor Anthony Ruff, OSB taught this course online this past summer. Here are some comments from participants:
I LOVE it!!! I’m so grateful for your lovely feedback which bolsters my spirit. I’ve learned so very much… I like the flexibility to fit different schedules… It’s been a particular delight to see others grow in skills and confidence as well as they try things out. Thanks for making it a safe space for everyone to have a go… I’ve only taken a few online courses before, but I think this is one of the most effective online learning methods I’ve taken part in… Thank you for your organization of the class – it’s excellent… I’m enjoying this too much… I’m really enjoying the asynchronous online format—and I appreciate Fr. Anthony’s comfort and ease with it as a teacher… I was struck by Fr. Anthony’s consideration for the singers… Love the scaffolding of our learning… Thank you for your clear explanations. This class is bringing me clarity on a number of concepts that seemed a bit vague before… The presentation was very complete, and I now feel confident doing Latin chant in the liturgy.