'By these means the sacred discourses sink more deeply into the minds of men': music and education in Elizabethan England
Willis, Jonathan. (2009) 'By these means the sacred discourses sink more deeply into the minds of men': music and education in Elizabethan England. History, Vol.94 (Vol.315). pp. 294-309. ISSN 0018-2648Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/200810973
This article seeks to cast fresh light on the connections between music, education and the Reformation in Elizabethan England. Plato and Aristotle attributed to music a sovereign role and efficacy in education, and these notions were seized upon by religious reformers during the sixteenth century. The power of music to aid in the processes of learning and the absorption of holy doctrine made it an invaluable tool of religious pedagogy even in the eyes of Puritan critics of music in public worship. During the Renaissance, music was squeezed out of the majority of formal school curricula, but the practice of metrical psalmody in schools was more common than this might suggest. The laity more generally were the target of a panoply of religious instructional musical forms, including hymns, graces, and other scriptural, liturgical and catechetical versifications. Almost half of all Elizabethan godly ballads were written with a didactic function in mind and, while they rarely communicated a complex doctrinal or theological message, they sat comfortably within a staunchly Protestant conception of belief as practice. Elizabethan society was a musical place, and the education and eventual Protestantization of the Elizabethan people was, at least in part, a musical phenomenon.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History|
|Journal or Publication Title:||History|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||16|
|Page Range:||pp. 294-309|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council, Optical Infrared Coordination network (OPTICON)|
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