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.
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.