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Congregational Music Studies Series


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Congregational music-making is a vital and vibrant practice within Christian communities worldwide. Music can both unite and divide: at times, it brings together individuals and communities across geographical and cultural boundaries while, at others, it divides communities by embodying conflicting meanings and symbolizing oppositional identities. Many factors influence congregational music in its contemporary global context, posing theoretical and methodological challenges for the academic study of congregational music-making. Increasingly, coming to a robust understanding of congregational music's meaning, influence, and significance requires a mixture of complementary approaches. Including perspectives from musicology, religious and theological studies, anthropology and sociology of religion, media studies, political economy, and popular music studies, this series presents a cluster of landmark titles exploring music-making within contemporary Christianity which will further Congregational Music Studies as an important new academic field of study.

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Ethics and Christian Musicking

Ethics and Christian Musicking

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Nathan Myrick, Mark Porter
March 23, 2021

The relationship between musical activity and ethical significance occupies long traditions of thought and reflection both within Christianity and beyond. From concerns regarding music and the passions in early Christian writings through to moral panics regarding rock music in the 20th century, ...

Church Music Through the Lens of Performance

Church Music Through the Lens of Performance

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Marcell Silva Steuernagel
March 15, 2021

This book is an investigation into church music through the lens of performance theory, both as a discipline and as a theoretical framework. Scholars who address religious music making in general, and Christian church music in particular, use "performance" in a variety of ways, creating confusion ...

Studying Congregational Music Key Issues, Methods, and Theoretical Perspectives

Studying Congregational Music: Key Issues, Methods, and Theoretical Perspectives

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Andrew Mall, Jeffers Engelhardt, Monique M. Ingalls
February 16, 2021

Studying the role of music within religious congregations has become an increasingly complex exercise. The significant variations in musical style and content between different congregations require an interdisciplinary methodology that enables an accurate analysis, while also allowing for nuance ...

Contemporary Worship Music and Everyday Musical Lives

Contemporary Worship Music and Everyday Musical Lives

1st Edition

By Mark Porter
June 28, 2018

Whilst Contemporary Worship Music arose out of a desire to relate the music of the church to the music of everyday life, this function can quickly be called into question by the diversity of musical lives present in contemporary society. Mark Porter examines the relationship between individuals’ ...

Making Congregational Music Local in Christian Communities Worldwide

Making Congregational Music Local in Christian Communities Worldwide

1st Edition

Edited By Monique M. Ingalls, Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg, Zoe C. Sherinian
March 07, 2018

What does it mean for music to be considered local in contemporary Christian communities, and who shapes this meaning? Through what musical processes have religious beliefs and practices once ‘foreign’ become ‘indigenous’? How does using indigenous musical practices aid in the growth of local ...

Congregational Music-Making and Community in a Mediated Age

Congregational Music-Making and Community in a Mediated Age

1st Edition

Edited By Anna E. Nekola, Tom Wagner
October 12, 2017

Congregational music can be an act of praise, a vehicle for theology, an action of embodied community, as well as a means to a divine encounter. This multidisciplinary anthology approaches congregational music as media in the widest sense - as a multivalent communication action with technological, ...

Congregational Music, Conflict and Community

Congregational Music, Conflict and Community

1st Edition

By Jonathan Dueck
April 27, 2017

Congregational Music, Conflict and Community is the first study of the music of the contemporary 'worship wars' – conflicts over church music that continue to animate and divide Protestants today – to be based on long-term in-person observation and interviews. It tells the story of the musical ...

Christian Congregational Music Performance, Identity and Experience

Christian Congregational Music: Performance, Identity and Experience

1st Edition

Edited By Monique Ingalls, Carolyn Landau, Tom Wagner
September 09, 2016

Christian Congregational Music explores the role of congregational music in Christian religious experience, examining how musicians and worshippers perform, identify with and experience belief through musical praxis. Contributors from a broad range of fields, including music studies, theology, ...

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