ByZHist 101: Development and History of Byzantine Hymnography
8 Week Seminar beginning September 16 Taught by Samuel Herron - Mondays at 5 pm Eastern Time
This class is a chronological breakdown of the developments in Byzantine hymnography, tracing the development from the early church up until the current day in the Orthodox Church. The student will learn about broader movements and developments in hymnography as well as the individuals who have shaped the hymnography of the church such as St. Romanos the Melodist, St. John of Damascus, St. Cosmas the Hymnographer, St. Joseph the Hymnographer, St. John Koukouzelis, and Petros Lampadarios. It will also provide the student an overview of both the textual developments and the musical developments throughout history in Byzantine Hymnography.
The class includes a weekly lecture with mid-term and final project. Due to the style of the class, if you are unable to attend class, you may watch the lecture that week at another time. Also, students will have access to the power point presentation used in the lecture.
Both ByzB 101 and ByzB 102 follow the flipped classroom model. Students work through lessons independently, then practice skills in small groups. Every other week the small group meets with the teacher to assess skills and answer questions. The class is supported by an online forum.
There are a variety of lesson types: audio, video, reading, writing, and playing games. Each course runs 8 weeks.
Byzb 101: Introduction to byzantine notation
8 Week Skill Building begins September 16 Taught by Samuel Herron or Amy Hogg
This course introduces students to interval symbols, rhythm and meter, martyries, and chanting on parallage. A large part of the course includes ear training in hiermologic modes one and two. Course book and all materials included. $195
This course continues to build skills of reading Byzantine notation. Mode switching and fthores are introduced. Mastery of the repertoire of the Vesperal hiermologic hymns of modes one and two is the focus of this course. Students will make recordings of several hymns for teacher assessment. Course book and all materials included. $195