Joshua Drake

Professor of Music and Humanities
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Phone: 724-458-3393

Joshua Drake

What is your educational background?

  • Ph.D. Musicology, University of Glasgow, 2006
  • B.M. Sacred Music, Union University, 2001
  • M.Mus. Musicology, University of Glasgow, 2003

What are the main focuses of your research?

The main focuses of my research are Aesthetics, Music Criticism and Appreciation, Art History, Late Medieval Literature, and Congregational Singing.

What specific courses or specialties do you teach?

I teach the College’s art and music appreciation class, required of all students. I teach it because it allows me to help young people have more pleasant lives—by filling them with more meaningful leisure.

I teach art history, where I help students learn a great number of works of art—thereby they are ready for everything from a gallery visit to further academic study in the discipline.

I teach church music and help students see what God’s Word expects of the church in its musical practices, how the church has historically understood that work, and what literature helps us achieve it.

I also teach other music literature courses, where I help students learn to listen actively to music made to reward such listening.

What is the most important piece of advice you give students to help them succeed?

Education is a matter of training the affections. Those who succeed at it learn to love their discipline quite apart from anything that it offers them in terms of supposed future careers. The reason why this is so is because God makes himself known generally through the materials we study here. Those who would enjoy him better would learn to enjoy the ways by which he makes himself known.

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