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Serbian Orthodox Church Music


The course is designed to offer a gradual path from studying notation to singing hymns from the service books. Participants will learn how to read western staff notation, use their voice, read biblical passages in the context of the services, and, based on that, correctly work with the liturgical texts and set music to them.


Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the participants are expected to be able to:

  • read staff notation in the context of the octoekhos 
  • know how to relate to the cleric’s intonation in order to begin a hymn
  • read a biblical portion in an understandable manner
  • tailor a melody to a hymn while respecting the rules of prosodi 
  • convert hymns from Karlovac tradition into Belgrade tradition and vice versa.
  • have a basic knowledge of the origins of Serbian chant and how it relates to other Byzantine Orthodox chant traditions.


The course is divided into groups according to the participants’ musical experience, and the progress depends on the participant’s ability to understand music.



Students are expected to participate in all course activities, both by being present and playing an active role in scheduled course sessions, and by completing assignments to be done outside of scheduled lessons. If participants miss lessons, they may be required to do extra assignments in order to fulfill the participation requirements of the course. 80% attendance and participation (including completion of assignments) are required for the course to be considered to have been completed.

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Quick Facts

Length: 1–2 years

Study Pace: 25%

Type of Instruction: Distance learning
Language of Instruction: Serbian

Level: Seminary

Organizer: Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola

In addition to the requirements stated in the course description, all students need to be at least 18 year old, be officially registered in Sweden and have a sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction.

Fees: Tuition at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola is free for everyone who is registered (“folkbokförda”) in Sweden.

Service Fees at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola: Students are required to pay a service fee. The service fee for this course is SEK 400 per semester.