Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Arlene Oost-Zinner: Teaching Chant Online

Arlene Oost-Zinner is doing great work for the cause of spreading chant literacy. She has taught classes far and wide, including at the CMAA's annual Colloquium, an international gathering of musicians dedicated to learning more about the Church's music. Here is one class that she taught singing for a Mass at the Colloquium.

Now, she has seemingly found her perfect niche in between workshops: teaching chant online. Just a few comments that she has received:
I just took this class and it was great! Thank you for offering these courses in this platform. I'm very excited to take your next class.

Thank you for all you do to help bring about the Liturgical reform and for saying 'yes' to God. We are truly blessed to have you as our professor and learning Gregorian chant is so exciting! (who knew?)

If you have an interest in learning more about why chant sounds different, or if you just want to get down to the nitty gritty of things and want to learn what those squiggly lines and boxes actually mean, you need to register for one of her classes. From what she tells me, they are set up sequentially. If you start with Gregorian Notation I, you can have four classes under your belt within two weeks. Then the cycle begins again.

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