A History of Early Sacred Music

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From the Jerusalem Temple through the Middle Ages. Set of 6 DVDs, text, and workbook.
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From the Jerusalem Temple through the Middle Ages. Set of 6 DVDs, text, and workbook.

Have you wondered about the roots of sacred music and wanted to learn more? This history of early sacred music and the forces that shaped it takes you deep into Old Testament times, ancient Greece and Rome, Medieval kings and conquests, and the establishment of Christianity in the Western World.

Gregorian Chant plays a large role, and it will form the basis of Christian music lasting to this day. But there’s much more. We look at how the chant evolved into elaborate forms with many voices, and the critical role played by the monks who developed, preserved, and spread the music across Europe in meticulously hand-copied manuscripts.

We discuss the early Christian Church and the influences of Greek and Roman antiquity. Along the way, we encounter saints and philosophers, art and architecture, manuscripts and technology, emperors and political intrigue. 

The course features musical performances and commentary from a variety of scholars, including the monks of St. Louis Abbey, the Ring Around Quartet from Italy, ancient music by Synaulia, Dr. Michael Dodds (University of North Carolina), Dr. Christopher Anderson (Southern Methodist University), Dr. John Trapani (Walsh University), Dr. Jeremy Adams (Southern Methodist University), Dr. Christopher Perrin (Classical Academic Press), Dame Margaret Truran (St. Cecilia in Trastevere - Rome), Yuval Eddin (Jerusalem), and art historian Dr. Peter Mooz.

HD video shot on location in Jerusalem, Rome, Athens, Canterbury, Paris, Cluny, Aachen, Milan, Castellammare, Cologne, Speyer, Prague, St. Petersburg, and Moscow.

Suitable for grades 8-12 and college prep. 8.5 hours of video instruction; H.S. Credit 0.5 (History, Religious Studies, Fine Arts, or Humanities)

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Professor Carol

Dr. Carol Reynolds weaves history, humor, and high energy into everything she does. She has worked with The Smithsonian since 2011 as a speaker on ocean and river cruises and as a study leader for Smithsonian Journeys. A native Virginian (Roanoke) and retired professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, she received her bachelor’s degree from Hollins College and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is fluent in German and Russian. Carol is a passionate advocate of Arts Education at every stage of life and speaks regularly for arts organizations and at educational conferences. Her unprecedented Discovering Music: 300 Years of Interaction in Western Music, Arts, History, and Culture has reached students across the world. Professor Carol’s courses also cover America’s Artistic Legacy, Russian Culture, and the history of Sacred Music from Temple times through the Middle Ages.


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