Sacred v. Secular Music in the Middle Ages


The elements of music vary in music for different purposes. Our goal is to understand the differences between sacred and secular music. Some of us have never listened to music for worship. To understand Gregorian Chant, it is necessary to understand the context and purpose of the music.


  1. Listen to the following two recordings: login : sp21374 , password : Cavelle1*
  2. Write one or two paragraph(s) explain “How did secular and sacred music differ in the Middle Ages?”. Your response should be at least 500 words. Please answer the following questions:
    • Which clip is sacred and which is secular?
    • What do the terms sacred and secular mean?
    • How could you tell which clip was which?
    • Do you see any connections between these clips and the music of today?