Sacred Music: Historical, Musical, Economic, and Psychological Perspectives

In music history classes (or any history courses for that matter), it is pretty predictable that teachers are going to expect students to start reading the beginning of their textbooks regarding such periods as the “Dark Ages,” and move forward to be able to analyze how thoughts about education and technology have been reformed over time…and how these changes have contributed to a much more sanitary lifestyle. Because the Roman Catholic Church was the ruling political institution of the Holy Roman Empire (or modern-day Europe), it exercised dominion over several educational subject matters, one of which was music. As a result, it is safe to say that all forms of music began in the church. A lot of people would automatically assume that music has strayed far from its religious roots. But, there are still large religious and spiritual communities which listen to sacred music not only at church, but, also for leisure, though their purposes for doing so may have changed over time.

*DISCLAIMER: This article does not attempt to demonstrate bias toward or against particular faiths; it would be difficult to examine every religion’s music history in depth. That being said, this entry focuses on religions with extensively documented musical changes over time. Discussion is open to sacred/worship music of any sort, so please be respectful of other people’s belief systems!*

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Electronics and Electricity: The Fusion of Science and Art in Sound

“I’m more of an arts/humanities person than a math/science person,” say many high school students upon taking standardized tests or choosing their major before going to college (admittedly, I have been guilty of uttering this phrase). TV shows, such as The Big Bang Theory utilize scientific characters to poke fun at people in the humanities for their flowery language and inability to hold down a stable job. Laws, such as the COMPETES Act and the famous No Child Left Behind Act have been passed, determining which educational areas to make cuts in during economic crises, and one can’t help but notice the bitterness arts advocates and their scientific counterparts hold toward one another when the funding goes toward their opponent’s field. Yet, more recently, people have developed methods to bridge the gap between the two disciplines, making it questionable as to whether they are more interconnected than most people assume.

*DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A SCIENTIST, SO IF YOU ARE, PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR ANY GENERALIZATIONS/DEFICIENCIES YOU MAY NOTE IN MY EXPLANATIONS! THE INTENT OF THIS ENTRY IS TO PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC/TECHNOLOGICAL WAYS OF CREATING MUSIC.*

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