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S17C13 Music in the Bible

This class will survey and explore the teachings, practices, and uses of music as presented in the Bible. It will take into account a variety of approaches and perspectives. These will include references to music from a historical context, understanding how and when music was used in biblical settings. We will also consider instructions regarding how singing or playing can or should be applied to spiritual life, praise of God, teaching, and evangelism or outreach. Further, we will identify musical and poetic passages in the Bible. Finally, we will locate references to scriptural passages in well-known hymns and Christian songs.

Instructor: Raymond Hebert received his MM degree at San Francisco State University, and his DMA from the University of South Carolina, in choral music and theory. Previously he received undergraduate and master's degrees at Biola University and Talbot Theological Seminary in vocal music, biblical studies, and Christian Education. He teaches music courses at Blue Ridge Community College and directs music at the Donovan Memorial and Cherry Grove United Methodist Churches. He is music director of the Staunton Choral Society and gives private lessons in voice, piano, and guitar. He and his wife came to the Valley as a result of their study of the Harmonia Sacra shape-note hymn tradition.

Suggested Reading: Bring your Bible and at least one hymnbook or Christian songbook to each session. A Bible concordance and a notebook will also be helpful.


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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