Hymnology is the study of congregational singing of psalms and hymns which involves a focus on texts, tunes, authors, composers, and historical and contemporary traditions, but also on performance practice and the integration of such singing in Christian worship. This study is done in academic settings such as undergraduate and seminary institutions, but also happens in congregational settings such as Sunday School or children’s worship, church music ensembles, shorter-term adult-ed programs, and is modeled in weekly worship life.
What ties all of these situations together is pedagogy: what are good processes for the teaching and learning of, and about, Christian worship songs? The “hymn explosion” and technological developments of the contemporary world bring new challenges to the teaching of hymnody. This workshop will tackle these questions in order to equip educators and practitioners from a range of contexts and traditions.
Hymnology: syllabus for an undergraduate course by Bert Polman