November 22 is the Feast day of St. Cecilia, Patron of Arts and Music. So it is most appropriate that we update those links today. Any other suggestions are gratefully accepted. Annotations by various teachers with the York Catholic District School Board.
A fabulous Catholic music site I recommend to any teacher. The site allows one to review different Catholic CDs and Tapes. Under each band or musician, a person can read about the type of music, the issues that it deals with, the appropriate age group, have access to the particular groups web site, for much more information such as, a singing rosary, reviews of books and youth forum and shop online. The enormous information on the site would assist a teacher with planning music and religion subjects, organizing a school mass or paraliturgy or making recommendations to students about alternative music to enjoy.–Marisa Di Vincenzo
This is a music resource site for Catholics. The purpose of the site is to highlight Catholic Music Artists. There is a directory of Contemporary Catholic Musicians’ websites, contact information, and links to MP3 sites. It is also linked to an American Catholic music radio station that broadcasts the 24 hours a day. — Paulette Hill
This website gives information on Chant Choirs that are existing at this time. It goes through the different choir groups that are representing various cities as well as different recording companies. Chants for religious holidays are also listed including both the prayer as well as the chant. These chants can also be played over your computer assuming that your computer is equipped with speakers. Explanations of the chants are available. This website also contains links of interest to Music chant sites other than religious ones including a Medieval music link. There is also a link to the Catholic Resources on the Net site that includes information on the mass, prayers, liturgy, etc. This site would be beneficial to Catholic educators in that music is definitely one of the ways that children respond to especially when dealing with our religion and faith. It also acts as a way of celebrating our unity in our religion.–S. DiGregorio
Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) was established in 1988 to provide churches with simple, affordable solutions to complex copyright issues. CCLI helps churches maintain their integrity and avoid costly lawsuits, while also giving churches the freedom to worship expressively and spontaneously.
Christian Music Online is dedicated in providing the latest information on the Christian Music world. Christian Music is music used to praise and glorify God, who sent his Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins. Whether it is Contemporary, Praise/Worship, or other types of Christian Music, there is plenty of music and information provided. This website can be useful to teachers because depending on the grade level you teach, some students find that children songs are too “babyish”. This is an alternative and yet it still sends the same message.–Larry Bianco
This site explores sacred music in all its diversity on the GIA web site. This music ranges from Gregorian chant to contemporary to gospel or a combination. They are have high-quality resources for information about hymnals, recordings, octavos, educational materials and calendars — Frank Pignataro
This website is great for elementary teachers. It offers songs for special days and Sacraments (Mothers Day and First Communion). These songs can be downloaded and the lyrics can be printed. Children love singing and it is great to build and encourage a spiritual conection through music.–Diana Ianuzzi
A resource for those interested in one of the oldest and suddenly popular forms of music today.
This website focuses on providing ideas to encourage young people’s appreciation of liturgy through music. It offers ways to create leadership qualities in the church’s youth by creating leadership positions for them. Catholic educators in high schools may find this site helpful in developing retreats, concerts, and other spiritual formation experiences. The site also provides links to discussion groups, newsletters, and opportunity for personal prayer requests. — MG
This site is an excellent resource to use when planning Sunday liturgical music. The site breaks the church years A, B, and C into seasons and then into Sunday liturgies. They suggest hymns and psalms that are related to the readings for that particular Sunday mass. The best part is that they suggest over 20 hymns for each Sunday. The hymns are taken from over 30 hymnals from Gather Comprehensive to the Catholic Book of Worship III. This site can also be used to draw the music and the readings from Sunday mass into the school week.–Alfred Cadawas
This web page is put together by Oregon Catholic Press and was established in 1995. It is U.S. based of course. It offers a selection of some best-selling music and books with a toll free number to call to place orders or ask for more information. This is a great site for music teachers or individuals putting together a special liturgy. The best part is the ability to listen to some of the music tracks. – Ines Mancuso
This site provides a total of 36 different links, most of which are accompanied by a brief description of their contents. There is also a section entitled Relevant Components that is divided into the subcategories; Liturgical Music, Sacred Music and Liturgy Resources, and Chant Links. Lastly, there is a Catholics collection of 118 pages with over 5,100 links, in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council under the heading of Theology Library. This site would be useful and provide a building block to those Catholic educators who are not strong in the musical field. — S. Levy
WLP publishes liturgy and music resources for worship. It has a user friendly search engine on the site to find a song for a service or for suggestions for music for a season or particular ritual. It also offers parish workshops and music reading sessions. It will also custom make a workshop for your needs! This site also accepts liturgical music for publication.– David Lessy
This website has a variety of liturgical songs and music titles. Furthermore, it has lyrics for hundreds of contemporary Christian songs by song title. It also has links to Catholic images, pictures, posters etc. This site is useful to teachers both at the elementary and secondary level. Teachers who are interested in using music during Religion class or for those teachers who are on the liturgical committee, this site has ideas. It also gives ideas of songs for liturgical dance.– Lisa Dimartino