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Körsång i Svenska kyrkan - en möjlig väg till religiös erfarenhet?

Ljungström, Johanna LU (2009) RBEX02 20091
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies
Abstract
This study deals with the issue of how music can affect the religious experience of people who sing in choirs in the Church of Sweden. It is established that music plays a great importance in people’s every-day lives, and that it has various effects on us, for instance how it can soothe a person who is agitated or the way it can induce fright, compassion, anger or happiness. Music occupies a large space in our every-day lives, whether people are musically talented or not. Sometimes one is not even aware of it; it is simply present in the dentist’s waiting room, on the bus, in the store, and so on.
The study has been conducted by means of two approaches. First through a quantitative questionnaire survey, the main purpose of which was to... (More)
This study deals with the issue of how music can affect the religious experience of people who sing in choirs in the Church of Sweden. It is established that music plays a great importance in people’s every-day lives, and that it has various effects on us, for instance how it can soothe a person who is agitated or the way it can induce fright, compassion, anger or happiness. Music occupies a large space in our every-day lives, whether people are musically talented or not. Sometimes one is not even aware of it; it is simply present in the dentist’s waiting room, on the bus, in the store, and so on.
The study has been conducted by means of two approaches. First through a quantitative questionnaire survey, the main purpose of which was to provide an overall view of the issue studied. Second, a number of qualitative interviews were conducted. These interviews limited themselves to the most relevant parts of the studied issue and therefore provided more details than the questionnaire survey. The results obtained through these studies have been compared to various theoretical views (presented in chapter 5), with the aim of either verifying or falsifying the study’s assumption that man can come closer to God through choir singing.
Between the years 1990-1999, the total number of church visits (at service) in the Church of Sweden decreased by 7.7 %, while the attendance at musical services increased by 11.5 %. Thus, music is a very important part in the work of the Church of Sweden, and the singing in choirs has become somewhat of a people’s movement. This is the reason why the present study has been conducted; to investigate how choir singers are affected by their music. It is concluded that music can affect choir singers towards a religious experience, but also that there are many factors that contribute to such a change. (Less)
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author
Ljungström, Johanna LU
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organization
course
RBEX02 20091
year
type
L2 - 2nd term paper (old degree order)
subject
keywords
Körsång, Svenska kyrkan, Religiös erfarenhet, Gudstro, Musik
language
Swedish
id
1429764
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2009-09-23 16:04:56
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  abstract     = {This study deals with the issue of how music can affect the religious experience of people who sing in choirs in the Church of Sweden. It is established that music plays a great importance in people’s every-day lives, and that it has various effects on us, for instance how it can soothe a person who is agitated or the way it can induce fright, compassion, anger or happiness. Music occupies a large space in our every-day lives, whether people are musically talented or not. Sometimes one is not even aware of it; it is simply present in the dentist’s waiting room, on the bus, in the store, and so on.
	The study has been conducted by means of two approaches. First through a quantitative questionnaire survey, the main purpose of which was to provide an overall view of the issue studied. Second, a number of qualitative interviews were conducted. These interviews limited themselves to the most relevant parts of the studied issue and therefore provided more details than the questionnaire survey. The results obtained through these studies have been compared to various theoretical views (presented in chapter 5), with the aim of either verifying or falsifying the study’s assumption that man can come closer to God through choir singing.
	Between the years 1990-1999, the total number of church visits (at service) in the Church of Sweden decreased by 7.7 %, while the attendance at musical services increased by 11.5 %. Thus, music is a very important part in the work of the Church of Sweden, and the singing in choirs has become somewhat of a people’s movement. This is the reason why the present study has been conducted; to investigate how choir singers are affected by their music. It is concluded that music can affect choir singers towards a religious experience, but also that there are many factors that contribute to such a change.},
  author       = {Ljungström, Johanna},
  keyword      = {Körsång,Svenska kyrkan,Religiös erfarenhet,Gudstro,Musik},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Körsång i Svenska kyrkan - en möjlig väg till religiös erfarenhet?},
  year         = {2009},
}