CREDI’S Diploma in Pastoral Ministry - specialization Caribbean Music Studies is a two year programme which focuses on the formation and development of parish musicians, vocalists and music ministry coordinators in order to produce a cadre of laity skilled in music ministry.
The aim of the programme is to:
- Expose candidates to the critical balance between the acquisition of musical skills and the understanding of the liturgical context of music and worship.
- Explore the concepts associated with Catholic Caribbean culture and identity in order to appropriately develop a cadre of writers, arrangers and producers of Church music.
- Produce music ministry leaders, vocalists and musicians who are equipped to develop parish ensembles and raise the standard of Church music throughout the Archdiocese.
The ministry of Jesus serves as the counter-point to all types of ministry in the Church and those who practice music ministry are no exception. This programme provides participants with academic knowledge, understanding and skills in the areas necessary to inform and give rise to excellence in all areas of their practice.
The Diploma in Pastoral Ministry (specialization in Caribbean Liturgical Music Studies) will be awarded to a student who accumulates the mandatory number of credits.
The programme includes the following courses:
- Introduction to Christian Worship
- Leadership in Ministry
- Introduction to the Eucharist
- Building Teams
- Music and the Liturgy
- Music Theory l and ll
- Liturgical Texts- The Bible, Liturgy and Prayer
- Aurals l and ll
- Sacraments and Other Rites
- Primary Applied l and ll (Guitar, Steelpan and Voice)
- Reflections on Liturgical and Para-liturgical practices in Caribbean Worship Patterns
- Western Music History l and ll
- The Responsorial Psalm
- Caribbean Issues in Church Music- An Ethno-musicological Perspective