Sacrosanctum Concilium 115

Let’s train for church music today! 

Great importance is to be attached to the teaching and practice of music in seminaries, in the novitiates and houses of study of religious of both sexes, and also in other Catholic institutions and schools. To impart this instruction, teachers are to be carefully trained and put in charge of the teaching of sacred music.

That’s a good checklist for church leadership: seminaries, novitiates, and schools. Does the Religious Ed program in your parish have a music teacher like your school probably (hopefully) does? Our school is blessed to have a full-time and a half-time music teachers. Not the same person.

It is desirable also to found higher institutes of sacred music whenever this can be done.

The bishops don’t give us much of a hint on this one. Do they mean in every diocese? Do they mean regionally? How many higher institutes of sacred music have been founded since Vatican II? What is your dicoese waiting for?

Composers and singers, especially boys, must also be given a genuine liturgical training.

The “especially” is for potential seminarians, I’d wager.



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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Sacrosanctum Concilium 115

  1. Liam says:

    The recognition of boys also likely acknowledges the characteristics of prepubescent male voicess, characteristics that are specially suited to the Church’s musical treasury (which is hardly surpising, as much of that music was written with those characteristics in mind; it’s a physiological issue, but one that has been trampled down in pursuit of other issues.) For myself, I would encourage the formation of separate choirs for boys and girls, as it has been my experience that blended children’s choirs are much less effective, though they might make us feel better.

  2. Todd says:

    I was thinking the “liturgical” training angle, but I find I agree with the separate choirs.

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