Faculty Research Projects
Baylor's Christian, R1 mission calls for faculty to engage in multidisciplinary, signature academic initiatives and contribute as mentors to undergraduates and graduate students through high-impact learning experiences. In Church Music, our faculty are actively participating in research initiatives that support Baylor's commitment, working to enhance the excellence in undergraduate and graduate education.
Research in Contemporary Worship Theology, Music, and Practice
Dr. Shannan Baker
Dr. Baker's research focuses on the songs of Contemporary Worship, both what it says theologically in the text and what it sounds like through the music, and the practical application of those songs in a worship setting that combined with Scripture and prayer that shapes and transforms the lives of those who are gathered.
Building Bridges Between Church Music Research and Local Music and Worship Ministry
Dr. Randall Bradley
Dr. Bradley's research is practically based and intended to address challenges facing congregations and their leaders - to serve as a conduit between the academy and the church.
musicology to Understand Congregational Music-Making
Dr. Monique Ingalls
Dr. Ingalls uses ethnomusicological research methods to study music in many diverse types of Christian congregations. She is fascinated by how Christians use music to build up their local congregations, to negotiate various social and cultural differences, and to connect with Christian communities around the world.
Studying the Congregational Singing in Historical Communities
Dr. Matthew Laube
Dr. Laube is studying the contexts and complexities of congregational singing in historical religious communities and connect them to contemporary church contexts of today. Using social and cultural history as a lens, he focuses on understanding the people who sing as much as the music being sung.
Missions Hymnody; Christian Worship Practices and Perspectives
Dr. Maria Monteiro
Dr. Monteiro researches mission hymnody (especially in Brazil); Christian worship in historical, philosophical, and global perspectives; the intersection of worship and culture; congregational song; and bilingual song.