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THE CATHOLIC EDUCATION SERIES
MUSIC
FIRST YEAR
By
JUSTINE WARD
AND
ELIZABETH W. PERKINS
THE CATHOLIC EDUCATION PRESSWASHINGTON,
D. C.
 
COPYRIGHT, 1920, BY CATHOLIC EDUCATION PRESSWASHINGTON, D. C.
NATIONAL CAPITAL PRESS, INC.PRINTERSWASHINGTON, D. C.
 
PREFACE
In the preparation of this volume the aim has been to apply to the teachingof music the principles and methods which have been embodied in the CatholicEducation Series of Primary Text Books. The needs of younger pupils have beenkept in view and the course of instruction has been arranged so as to meet therequirements of the developing mind and to parallel, at each stage, the knowledgethat is gained through
tho,
study of other subjects.Musical training, however, is not merely to be considered with the rest of thecurriculum. Singing is a mode of expression and its function, in accordancewith well-known psychological laws, is not merely to exercise the vocal organsor to afford the pleasure arising from tone and rhythm, but also and chiefly tostrengthen the growth of thought, feeling and volition. Like speech and move-ment, song can be used for the manifestation of ideas that belong to the mostvaried departments of knowledge, and can thus serve the purposes of the teacherin any and every grade.The value of music for the educative process is especially evident in the teach-ing of religion. There are few forms of worship in which singing does not appearas an important element; and even where liturgical practice has been reduced to aminimum, the hymn or some similar composition has been quite generally retained.Spontaneously, religious belief seeks utterance and in turn it is deepened by gettingappropriate expression. The organic activities are thus made the allies of faithand piety, and music, so often employed to arouse sensuous emotion, becomes astimulus to purer thought and higher aspiration.From the earliest Christian times, the Church has shown her appreciationof the power of music as a factor in the spiritual life. "The Church," says PopePius X in his
Motu
proprio
on the subject, "has always recognized and honoredprogress in the arts, admitting to the service of religion everything good andbeautiful discovered by genius in the course of ages—always, however, with dueregard to the liturgical laws." Now, among these arts music has invariably helda high, if not the foremost, place. While painting, sculpture and architecture,as products of genius, could appeal to a comparatively small number, the song,composed and set to music by the great artists, could be and actually was takenup by the people as the most fitting utterance of their feeling. How true this wasin the old law is readily seen from the Book of Psalms which not only supplies theinspiration but also incites the Israelites to the proper musical expression—
psallite sapienter.
The Church of the New Dispensation has carried on to a higher plane, with adeeper meaning, the song-impulse of the Old. Both in the psalmody of the mon-astery and in the prescribed offices of the Cathedral Choir, the Canonical regulationshave given the preference to regular ecclesiastical chants over the private recitationof the breviary hours; and the Divine Office itself has been constantly enrichedby the writers of antiphons, sequences and hymns.But it is particularly in the most solemn of the liturgical actions, in the HolySacrifice of the Mass, that the Church has shown her zeal for musical expression,1

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