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Chanting the Psalms
Live course taught by Victoria Pulliam for Summer 2024 High School Music
Summary

Delve into the ancient Catholic practice of psalm-singing! Discover the rich history of chanted psalmody in the Church and learn the essentials of chanting the Psalms in Latin yourself, just as religious and faithful did throughout the Middle Ages and even to the present day.

Course description: This is a crash course in singing the Psalms in Latin Gregorian Chant. After two classes establishing the historical and spiritual basis for the practice, students will learn about the Gregorian modes and how to apply them, even without written music! Finally, they will learn techniques to add beauty and intentionality to their chanting with the rules of Gregorian style.

Instructor Bio: Victoria Pulliam


Total classes

6

Class dates

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, June 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 2024

Starting time

4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central; 2:00 Mountain; 1:00 Pacific)

Duration

75 Minutes

Prerequisites

Gregorian Chant Camp (live or recorded course); or working familiarity with Gregorian chant and Gregorian notation. Some familiarity with Latin vocabulary and pronunciation will be helpful.

Suggested grade level

9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit

½ semester Music or Chant

Outline

Class 1: History of Psalms & The Divine Office

Class 2: Psalms & Spirituality

Class 3: The Eight Modes

Class 4: Applying the Modes

Class 5: Singing Marked Psalms

Class 6: Making Your Psalm-Singing Beautiful

Materials

  • All materials provided digitally by the instructor. Students will need access to the internet and the ability to view YouTube links. Access to a printer is recommended.

Homework

A short quiz following each class; one mid-course assignment requiring students to listen to several psalms and name their mode; and a final assignment requiring students to record audio of themselves singing a psalm in the mode of their choice, explaining why they chose the mode in an additional written component. Extra credit will be available in the form of essay work.

Note: Participation is an important part of this course and will constitute a significant portion of the final grade. Participation is gauged by a student’s relevant questions and comments in chat and, in the second half of the course, by coming on microphone to practice singing and demonstrate understanding of the course content.

Fees

For all 6 classes: $97 if you register on or before April 15, $117 if you register after April 15. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Course name
Chanting the Psalms
Instructor
Victoria Pulliam
Monitor
Nicol Valentin
Semester
Summer 2024
Category
Art & Music ➤ Music
Grade level
High School
Course type
Live
Price
$117
Seats available
25 seats available
Seats remaining
15 seats remaining
Start time
June 3rd, 2024 at 4:00 PM ET
End time
June 12th, 2024 at 5:01 PM ET
Access start time
May 20th, 2024 at 12:00 AM ET
Access end time
December 31st, 2024 at 4:01 PM ET
Enrollment availability start time
January 26th, 2024 at 4:02 PM ET
Early enrollment discount ended
April 15th, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET
Late enrollment penalty start time
May 27th, 2024 at 12:01 AM ET
Enrollment availability end time
May 30th, 2024 at 4:03 PM ET
Relative due dates
Relative due dates are disabled for this course.

About Victoria Pulliam

Victoria Pulliam spent two years pursuing religious life in her late teens, during which time she received a wealth of instruction on the music of the Catholic Church. Discovering a different call, she left the novitiate and found herself receiving yet more musical training as a main member of a small but proficient choir, where she learned more about the Gregorian liturgy and deepened her love for it.

After a short time as director herself to a small young adult choir, she married and moved to Colorado, where she taught a semester of chant at the parish school and now sings in a choir directed by her husband. Mrs. Pulliam has two small children, in whom she is already sowing a love for Gregorian chant by dragging them to numerous choir practices and playing carefully-selected recordings for them at home. Her two-year-old recently began singing Alleluias and she couldn’t be more proud.

When she is not engaged in music-related activities or wrangling toddlers, she can be found monitoring for

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Nicol Valentin

Nicol received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree before traveling the world with her Army husband and ten homeschooled children. Now comfortably settled in Southern Virginia, she homeschools her youngest four and combats dangerously high piles of laundry. In fleeting moments when her children aren't looking, she draws, paints, and gets covered in pastel dust.

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