Popular culture and church musical practice

Grant, Alexander Neill (2010) Popular culture and church musical practice. [Student Project] (Submitted)

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Abstract or Summary

Many churches today, whether they realise it or not, incorporate aspects of popular culture into their liturgy and musical practice that can be identified as follows: • The use of song structures incorporating multiple verses, choruses and a bridge. • The use of repetition – especially of words, phrases and choruses. • The high turnover/short shelf life of many songs. • The use of acoustic and electric guitars, bass and drums in a pop, rock or similar style. • The use of amplification – both individual instrument and public address. • The singing of songs with an American accent. • The use of visuals. How much does, and should, culture – popular culture in particular – influence the musical aspect of the liturgy in a church worship gathering? Can hymns written centuries ago be successfully adapted for use in the contemporary worship setting? The audio CD 'Seasoned Hymns' sits alongside this essay as a research outcome and supports the findings of the essay.

Item Type:Student Project
Additional Information:Alongside this research essay is an audio CD recording 'Seasoned Hymns' which is an applied outcome of this research
Keywords that describe the item:recontextualisation, hymn, contemporary worship, popular culture, church musical practice
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions:Schools > School of Media Arts
ID Code:864
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Deposited On:17 May 2011 01:23
Last Modified:11 Jun 2012 01:53

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