Pastoral Music

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 4, April

Beyond Cheerios: Enculturating Children into the Worshiping Community
Each Sunday they enter the church through the side door. Up the aisle they go, a mini-parade of little girls trailing single file behind their parents. The oldest looks to be about six or seven, the youngest about two. Each child is dressed in Sunday-best...
Beyond the Classroom: Parish Music Education
In his St. Cecilia Day message to NPM members in November 2008, NPM President J. Michael McMahon considered the words of Pope Benedict XVI on the occasion of a concert celebrating his eightieth birthday. The Pope reflected on the profound impact of music...
Christian Worship Worldwide: Expanding Horizons, Deepening Practices
Christian Worship Worldwide: Expanding Horizons, Deepening Practices Charles E. Farhadian, editor. 301 pages, paperback. Eerdmans, 2007. ISBN 978-0-8028-2853-8, $20.00.This set of essays reads like a colloquium of papers attempting to tackle the very...
Enter the Journey, Volume II
Children's ChoirEnter the Journey, Volume II.Mark Friedman and Janet Vogt. SATB choir, two-part choir, unison, cantor, congregation, brass, woodwinds, guitar, keyboard. OCR Songbook, 11477, $25.00. CD, 20015, $25.00.This second volume of songs for the...
First, Teach Music
If children and young people are to learn music's place in worship and to learn how to participate in sung worship, and if they are to prepare for music ministry, they must learn how to make music. Music education programs in Catholic schools should...
From the Chapters
Baltimore, MarylandIn the past few months, the Baltimore Chapter has been busy hosting events around the archdiocese. In September 2008, Elaine Rendler-McQueeney joined us to lead a two-part retreat focusing on the re-energizing of the music director...
Hotline
Hotline is a service provided by the Membership Department at the National Office. Listings include members seeking employment, churches seeking staff, and occasionally church music supplies or products for sale. We encourage institutions offering salaried...
Listening to the People of God: Closing, Rebuilding, and Revitalizing Parishes
Books Listening to the People of God: Closing, Rebuilding, and Revitalizing Parishes Charles E. Zech and Robert J. Miller. 65 pages, paperback. Paulist Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8091-4535-5, $18.95.Charles Zech, director of the Center for Church Management...
Music Education in Seminaries: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
Twenty years ago, Columbia University published Father Anthony Domenic Sorgie's doctoral dissertation. Music Education in the Major Free-Standing Roman Catholic Seminaries in the United States. At the time, Father Sorgie was on the faculty of St. Joseph...
Naming the Name: Teaching the Revelatory "Language" of Music
In his essay collection Outre-Mer: A Pilgrimage beyond the Sea (1835), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow expressed the romantic notion that music is "the universal language of mankind." In writing this, he suggested that music certainly has a communicative...
Oops
There are some corrections to the convention brochure.Canceled Showcase. Psalms for the People with Daniel J. Adamini (Monday, IS 2e, and Wednesday, C 30) has been canceled.Added Presenter. Chris de Silva will join Tony Alonso and Steve Angrisano in...
Piano Meditations for Worship
Piano Piano Meditations for Worship Douglas Briley. Jabez Press. Book, 11005, $15.95. CD, 91005, $15.95.When I was a child in a small Mennonite church in Oklahoma, on Sunday mornings we sang the solid and serious hymns of the faith. Gospel songs were...
Professional Concerns
Preparing for a Job ChangeThere are many reasons for job changes in pastoral music - family circumstances, new opportunities, staff changes, a new pastor, and sometimes just because it is time to make a change. Whatever the reason, most of us will face...
The Privileged Language of Prayer and Catechesis: To "Show Who Jesus Christ Is"
The Gospel courageously celebrates and boldly proclaims that Jesus Christ is alive. This living presence is more than just a memory for those who follow his teaching: It is Christ himself, alive. This Jesus who walked the earth-the one who taught, performed...
Why the Church Needs Music Education
One of the enduring liturgical legacies of the Second Vatican Council will surely be its emphasis on participation. The Council was unambiguous in its assertion that in "the restoration and promotion of the sacred liturgy, this full and active participation...