Study hymnody online with Fr. Anthony Ruff OSB

Fr. Anthony Ruff is offering a 3-credit graduate course, “Liturgical Song,” spring semester 2022, from January 10 to May 5. Online students will zoom into the live class which meets Mondays 1:15 – 4:25 pm CDT.

This course treats the nature of the liturgical assembly and the theological basis for sung participation. Genres studied include liturgical sung dialogues and chants; psalms, especially responsorial psalmody; service music and Mass settings; and extensive treatment of the history of hymnody, including more recent repertoire from various cultures.    

Course information is here: Click here to register.

Here are comments from past participants in this course:

Knowing the backdrop of the different eras in hymnody was also especially useful…my idea of liturgical song has expanded … I gained a much, much wider view of the possibilities for music in worship … there are certain things that I now consider indispensable knowledge, and I’m honestly not sure how I got along without it before … well-chosen readings … the course was balanced and well planned … we learned so much and, during class, I never found myself bored or feeling uninterested in anything we did. Fr. Anthony is a delight! …

100% of students ranked the course as a whole, the course content, and the instructor’s contribution to the course as either excellent or very good.

Contact Admissions here. Offered by Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary.

2 comments

    1. In addition to lots of handouts and articles and weblinks and the like, the course texts are: Joseph Gelineau, Liturgical Assembly; John Witvliet, The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship; William Reynolds/Milburn Price, Survey of Christian Hymnody; C. Michael Hawn, ed., New Songs of Celebration Render. The excellent Gelineau text is out of print and I’m now dealing with that.
      awr

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