Music Appreciation

Course Description:
Music is a gift from God and reflects something of the spirit of our human condition. In Music Appreciation, students are introduced to an aesthetic and historical perspective on music, covering a variety of styles and developments from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century. While exploring biblical teaching on music and even Christian hymns, students will also acquire basic knowledge and listening skills, making future music experiences much more informed and satisfying.

Recommended Prerequisites:

Grade Level:
9th – 12th Grade recommended

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Course Types Available:

  • Full course (0.5 credit, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)

Biblical Integration Information:

  1. Creation: The triune God of Scripture and the Christian faith is the great Composer of all creation (Genesis 1–2). When musicians create music, they demonstrate something of what it means to be made in his image (Genesis 1:26–28). By analogy, the enjoyment of music is like the enjoyment of God’s colorful and wonder-filled creation.
  2. Fall: As a result of Adam and Eve’s rebellion in the garden, however, human nature is thoroughly and universally corrupted by sin (Genesis 3; Romans 1:18—3:23). Like any other media form, music can reflect this reality in a wide variety of ways—from ethically and sexually illicit lyrics to emotional manipulation and self-promoting motives.
  3. Redemption: The importance of music in God’s redemptive plan can be seen in Genesis 4:19–22, where “musician” is listed among only three professions (the others being “herdsman” and “metal worker”). Not surprisingly, then, music played an active role in the lives of ancient Israel and the early church, not only for the purposes of worship and instruction (e.g., Psalm 68:24–25; Ephesians 5:19), but also lament (e.g., 2 Samuel 1:17–27); warfare (e.g., Exodus 15:1–21); royal entertainment (e.g., 1 Samuel 16:23); festivals and weddings (e.g., Psalm 45:8); and prophecy (e.g., 1 Samuel 10:5–6). In the New Testament in particular, music is viewed as serving the purposes of edifying the body of Christ and expressing gratitude to God (Ephesians 5:18–20; Colossians 3:16). Other New Testament texts, such as Romans 12:2, suggest that our engagement with music should avoid trendsetting, prevent the idolizing of musicians, and otherwise be consistent with a biblical worldview. While not to be entertained uncritically, music is, indeed, a gift from God to be enjoyed and used for his glory (1 Corinthians 10:31; James 1:17).

To see how these truths are specifically explored in this course, visit the course information page in the course and click on “Guiding Principles.”

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