ByZHist 101: Development and History of Byzantine Hymnography
Taught by Samuel Herron -
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.
This class is organized into 8 units that are each one week long. For each unit, students watch the week's lecture and respond to short answer questions independently. Then they meet online together with the instructor to discuss the lecture and ask questions. Students will have access to the power point presentation used in the lecture.
Both ByzB 101 and ByzB 102 follow the flipped classroom model. In this model the initial instruction is delivered via audio lessons, videos, and written text. Students work through lessons independently and do some independent work but then meet online to review and check understanding. Each course will have 2-3 half hour online sessions each week where students can ask questions, practice various skills, and take turns chanting and receiving feedback.
Each course runs 8 weeks.
Byzb 101: Introduction to byzantine notation
Taught by Samuel Herron & Amy Hogg
This course introduces students to interval symbols, rhythm, meter, martyries, and chanting on parallage. A large part of the course includes ear training in hiermologic modes one and two. Students can attend as many class sessions a week as they would like.
Course book and all other materials included. $195
This course continues to build upon the skills needed to read Byzantine notation. Mode switching and fthores are introduced and all of the symbols in ByzB 101 are reviewed and solidified. In this course students work to develop reading fluency as they master the brief Resurrectional hymns from vespers in First and Second modes. Students will have access to recordings of all of the hymns as well as guided reading videos of all the hymns in which the instructor walks through the hymn explaining tricky sections and chanting the phrases on parallage and melos. Students will make recordings of the hymns and complete online homework to show mastery. Students can attend as many class sessions a week as they would like. Course book and all other materials included. $195