Dear YDS and ISM students and alums,

The Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the Yale Divinity School are exploring an expansion of curricular offerings in music and the arts with particular attention to musical and artistic practices from African-American, African Diaspora, Asian, Indigenous and Latinx traditions.

We would be grateful for your answers to the following survey questions based on your experience at YDS and the ISM to help us better serve future generations of students and the communities to which they will minister. Your responses will be shared anonymously with members of our Task Force and with the faculty and administrations of Yale Divinity School, the ISM, and the School of Music. Please note that all questions are optional, except for your program and year of graduation; none others are required for you to submit this survey.

This survey will remain open until January 20, 2021.

Thank you for your time and commitment in completing this anonymous survey.

Martin Jean,

ISM, Director

 
Task Force Membership


Nia Camphina-Bacote
Phoenix Gonzalez
Nathaniel Gumbs
Ike Harijanto
Gabe Kepler
Martin Jean
Joanne Jennings
Daniel Kim
Jathan Martin
Markus Rathey
Melanie Ross
Leah Silvieus


Staff: Kristen Forman

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* 1. Name (optional)

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* 3. Year of Graduation for Final YDS/YSM degree

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* 4. Nationality

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* 5. Nation of Birth (if different from Nationality)

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* 6. Any other identity markers you wish to share (e.g. ethnicity, gender, race, sexuality, religious tradition) (optional)

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* 7. Think through your experience at Yale. What curricular or extra-curricular offerings in music or other arts did you study or participate in?

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* 8. What music lessons do you wish would have been offered that were not? (drum set, piano/keyboard, electric guitar or bass, Hammond organ, etc.)

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* 9. Outside of private lessons, would you have been interested in learning about particular musical traditions in a classroom/course setting? (Theory classes or history classes of CCM, Gospel Music, Jazz, The Blues, etc.)

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* 10. What curricular or extra-curricular offerings in other art forms would you have elected had they been offered? (e.g. creative writing, dance, drama, painting, photography, sculpture, etc.)

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* 11. Overall, I valued the music and arts experience I had at Yale.

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* 12. I understand genres of sacred music outside of the Western European canon to be rigorous and viable art forms to be studied.

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* 13. As the ISM and YDS consider diversifying their offerings in sacred arts, what internal work should they do first before adding faculty and programming in these areas.

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* 14. What strategies and infrastructures need to be in place to ensure ongoing success?

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* 15. In what ways would you like to/like to have seen your artistic training be connected to your spiritual formation/training/development?

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* 16. If you have experience in church ministry, please share any insights you wish that pertain to our arts and worship curricula that would inform our decisions and strategies in the future.

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* 17. Please use this space to tell us anything else you think would be helpful to our research.

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