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Seminars 2007 - Teaching Hymnology

Teaching Hymnology

Directed by Bert Polman

June 25-29, 2007

Bert Polman
Bert Polman
Calvin College

Funds provided by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Co-sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Seminar Description
Hymnology, the study of congregations' sacred singing, focuses on a variety of things. It covers texts, tunes, authors, composers, and historical and contemporary traditions, but it also looks at how churches practice such singing and integrate it into Christian worship. Colleges and seminaries study hymnology, but it also happens in congregational settings, such as in church music ensembles, adult-ed programs, weekly worship, and even in Sunday School or children's worship.

What ties all these learning occasions together is pedagogy: how we teach and learn about Christian worship songs. Today's "hymn explosion" and technological changes in music and worship also bring new challenges. This workshop will tackle these questions in order to equip educators and practitioners from a range of contexts and traditions.

We are looking for a mix of participants - those who are seasoned academics in hymnology, those who are beginning their academic careers, and those who are leaders in congregational life with responsibilities for education, music and worship. Please note that this is not a seminar on hymnology but rather on the teaching or pedagogy of hymnology.

About the Director
Bert Polman
is Professor & Chair of Music at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Bert has taught music and hymnology at the college-level for the past 30 years. He received his BA from Dordt College, and his MA and PhD in musicology from the University of Minnesota. He served on the editorial committees of five hymnals: Psalter Hymnal (CRC Publications, 1987); The Worshiping Church , a Hymnal (Hope Publishing, 1990); Songs for Life (CRC Publications, 1994); Amazing Grace: Hymn Texts for Devotional Use (Westminster John Knox Press, 1994); and Sing! A New Creation (CRC Publications, 2001). Bert is the primary author and co-editor with Emily Brink of the Psalter Hymnal Handbook (CRC Publications, 1998), and is currently working on a commentary on popular praise-worship songs. He has been a member of the executive committee of the Hymn Society in the United States & Canada, and is a periodic contributor to their annual conferences. This is the second year that Bert Polman will lead the Teaching Hymnology workshop, due to the overwhelming interest shown for the 2006 Teaching Hymnology event.

Seminars & Workshops 2007


For further information contact:

Seminars in Christian Scholarship
Calvin College
1855 Knollcrest Circle SE
Grand Rapids MI 49546-4402
616.526.8558
fax 616.526.6682
seminars@calvin.edu