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Veronica Brandt holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering. As editor, she has produced fine publications (as well as valuable reprints) dealing with Gregorian chant, hymnody, Latin, and other subjects. These publications are distinguished on account of their tastefulness. She lives in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her husband Peter and six children.
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“We must say it plainly: the Roman rite as we knew it exists no more. It has gone. Some walls of the structure have fallen, others have been altered—we can look at it as a ruin or as the partial foundation of a new building. Think back, if you remember it, to the Latin sung High Mass with Gregorian chant. Compare it with the modern post-Vatican II Mass. It is not only the words, but also the tunes and even certain actions that are different. In fact it is a different liturgy of the Mass.”
— Fr. Joseph Gelineau (1978)

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Extending a music lesson
published 25 January 2014 by Veronica Brandt

studying at the library HERE IS SO MUCH WRITTEN about online learning. The buzzwords have been flying thick and fast for decades. Each new idea promises new heights of engagement and pedagogical excellence. Much of it has boiled down to instructional videos and quizzes, simple ideas in themselves, but they can be very useful.

One hurdle when teaching Gregorian chant, or any music in Latin, is the language. Having a translation on the music helps, and eager choir members might take the initiative to figure out the word for word correspondence between the Latin and the translation, but there are still big gaping holes in your average choir member’s understanding of what they are singing. Holes that would be easy to fill if there was more time.

For an example, see An Exposition On The First Few Lines Of The Lord’s Prayer using a slideshow, a set of flashcards thanks to Quizlet, a crossword puzzle and a Google Form to provide some feedback on how students are going.

This is still a work in progress. I have tried some of these things from time to time in years gone by. Time will tell what helps and what hinders. For the translations I refer to The Catholic’s Latin Instructor by Fr Edward Caswall.