Spring 2021 at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers campus
State Persecution of the Church in Modernity: An Historical Study through the Lenses of Source Documents and Film – co-taught with Dr. Jacek Nowicki – available on Zoom (synchronous) for non-seminarians – Mondays 7:00-9:30 p.m. (EST), beginning January 25, 2021
Starting from a discussion of the tensions long held between the Church and the state, as well as the Church’s understanding of martyrdom, this course travels around the globe in the modern era in a chronological study of persecutions of the Church, Catholicism, and Catholics by the government. Class sessions will offer a narrative of the key events, personalities, political programs, and ideas behind particular persecutions, as well as a look at source documents (laws, manifestoes, propaganda) which make clear the crisis of conscience faced by faithful Catholics living under unjust regimes. Study materials for the course consist mainly of films, but also of some excerpts from literature and music, which illuminate the historical situation, sometimes revealing particular agendas through bias or historical inaccuracy.
Summer 2021 at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers campus – Classes will be online – more information coming early January 2021
Classes offered on a regular basis:
Principles of Sacred Music
Through a survey of the history of sacred music and reading of Church and papal legislation on sacred music, students gain an understanding of the principles which shape Western sacred music and the musical structure of the Roman rite. Special focus is placed on current documents which govern music in the Church. The course also features in-depth discussion of practical issues including the formation and management of sacred music programs in parishes, active participation, progressive solemnity, the use of instruments in the sacred liturgy, resources available for music directors and choristers, and other relevant topics. 3 credits or audit. 8 weeks online (asynchronous) + 2 days online-live (synchronous) via Zoom, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.” Taught by Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka.
Principles of Chant
Serving as an introduction to Gregorian chant, this course will cover neumatic notation, Gregorian modes, ear training and sight reading, vocal technique appropriate for singing chant, and Latin pronunciation. Special focus will be placed on rhythmic interpretation of the chant according to the classical Solesmes (Mocquereau) method. By the end of the class, students will have confidence singing from the Graduale Romanum, solfège, and psalm tones, and some experience in conducting (chironomy). Additional topics introduced in the class include the history of Gregorian chant, rehearsal techniques for teaching chant to children and adult choirs, and an introduction to chant resources in English and Spanish. 3 credits or audit. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.” Taught by Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka.
Teaching Gregorian Chant to Children
This 5-day intensive course will present pedagogical techniques for teaching Gregorian chant to children and is ideal for Catholic schoolteachers, directors and teachers of religious education, directors of children’s choirs, and parents. Special emphasis will be placed on the Ward Method, a comprehensive music education method designed to teach sacred music to children. Other topics addressed will include resources for teachers, other teaching approaches, and the logistics of developing a sacred music program for children. 3 credits or audit. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.” Taught by Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka.
Conducting and Group Vocal Pedagogy for the Parish Music Director
Strategies and practice in conducting and teaching healthy vocal production to amateur singers. Taught by Dr. Timothy McDonnell, 2 credits or audit. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.”
Introduction to the Organ for Pianists
Essential knowledge and practice with registration, good technique, pedaling, hymn- and service-playing, and appropriate repertoire. Taught by Dr. Crista Miller, 2 credits or audit. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.”
Private Lessons in Chant Conducting (Chironomy)
Are you interested in learning how to conduct Gregorian chant according to the classical Solesmes method? Have you learned some of the basics and are now looking to improve your developing conducting skills? Private lessons are available, either in-person or via Skype/FaceTime.
Learn more about tuition rates and scheduling availability by emailing Dr. Donelson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Organist Training Program
Offered through the Archdiocese of New York’s Liturgy Office, the Organist Training Program seeks to provide the qualified keyboardist with the skills and training to successfully serve as an organist in a parish setting through a low-cost, goal-oriented, and flexible pedagogical structure. Lessons are taught by members of the archdiocesan Music Commission and other highly-qualified organists throughout the Archdiocese. More information is available here.
Vocalist Training Program
The Vocalist Training Program seeks to provide the qualified singer with the skills and training to successfully serve as an cantor or chorister in a parish setting through a low-cost, goal-oriented, and flexible pedagogical structure. Lessons are taught by members of the archdiocesan Music Commission and other highly-qualified vocalists throughout the Archdiocese. More information will be available soon.
Fourth Season of the Metropolitan Catholic Chorale
The Metropolitan Catholic Chorale (MCC) is dedicated to singing the Catholic Church’s treasury of sacred music—Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony—in the context of the sacred liturgy in the New York metropolitan region, and to helping others discover, understand, and love the Church’s sacred music. In keeping with the purpose of sacred music, our aim is to glorify God and sanctify and edify those who hear us.
Gregorian Chant for Children Ages 5 to 14 – Immaculate Conception Children’s Schola Cantorum
Weekly classes are offered for children 4.5 to 9 and 10 to 14 on Tuesday afternoons at Immaculate Conception Church in Sleepy Hollow New York. Instruction is given according to the Ward Method. For more information on the classes or for tuition rates, please email email@example.com.
Gregorian Chant for Children Ages 4.5 to 14 – Ward Method Classes at Colm Cille Homeschool Co-Op
Classes meet at St. Catharine’s Church in Pelham, New York. For more information on the classes or for tuition rates, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ward Method is a comprehensive music education method, developed by Catholic convert Justine Ward in the 1920s, and used extensively in Catholic schools until the 1970s. The method has as its goals the education of the child in the beauty of the Church’s sacred music, and helping children participate well in the sacred liturgy through the singing of Gregorian chant. The method incorporates ear training so that children are able to both intelligently hear and sing written music at sight, as well as a thorough grounding in musical notation which lends itself to other musical studies. Each student learns to match pitch and sing with good vocal technique. Games which develop composition and improvisation skills are incorporated into each lesson, and students are trained in rhythm and musical dictation. The method is designed so that each activity takes 2-5 minutes and keeps young children engaged.
Cardinal Kung Academy at Trinity Catholic High School, Stamford, CT
Students receive instruction in singing Gregorian chant and polyphony, as well as in the history of Western music. For more informations, visit the website of the Cardinal Kung Academy, a Catholic Classical High School.
Offered on a Rotating Basis
MA8100 – Introduction to Music Reading, Music Theory, and Ear Training for Parish Musicians
Beauty and the New Evangelization: Understanding and Employing Sacred Art, Architecture, and Music
The Church is the greatest patron of the arts the world has ever known. That’s no accident! The beautiful has the potential to lead those who engage with it to the good and the true. Literacy in the languages of sacred art, architecture, and music are practical skills for evangelization.