Two churches were studied through observations and interviews to examine the role of music in their worship services. One of the churches was a Pentecostal church that was predominantly Caucasian and the other was a nondenominational church that was predominantly African-American. The interviews determined that despite cultural differences, including musical style, the perceived role of the music was basically the same in both churches. The role of the music is to create an environment that encourages and enhances high levels of praise. Both churches were consistent in the belief that God is actually present in some form if there are high levels of praise.
|Commitee:||Garcia, Susanna, Kulp, Jonathon, Steinbron, Matthew|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Belief system, Charismatic, Music, Pentecostal, Praise, Worship|
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