IMPACT OF SECULAR MUSIC ON THE MORAL LIFE OF CHRISTIAN YOUTHS



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IMPACT OF SECULAR MUSIC ON THE MORAL LIFE OF CHRISTIAN YOUTHS



ABSTRACT

 

 

This study is an investigation of the ‘Impact of Secular Music on the Moral life of Christian Youths in Delta State, Nigeria’. Christian Church is known for its orderly form of worship. Its musical pattern of worship is arranged from entrance to recessional hymns for dedications, wedding, etc. This kind of music has its purpose and impact in the secular world; the impact of this secular music on the moral life of Christian youths in Delta State calls for this study. In doing so, it examined some contemporary secular music like makossa, reggae, rock and roll, jazz, azonto for Christ, kukere, alanta, yahuzee, hippo and the like that have penetrated deeply into the musical tradition of the Christian Church in Delta State. Similarly, the study examined the factors responsible for the importation of secular music into the music of Christian tradition. Research questions were developed and administered in line with the objectives which are based on the impact of secular music on the moral life of Christian youths. Following the questions were null hypotheses which were stated to free the study from preconceived results and an impaired related literature review was undertaken. To give a clear picture of the impact of secular music on the moral life of Christian youths in Delta State, a set of questionnaire, interview and observation were adopted as instruments for the study. Eight hundred and twenty

 

(820)copies of the questionnaire were administered to the youths, church leaders, and members of the Christian Church in Delta State.

 

Eight hundred and two (802) questionnaires were returned. The data collected through questionnaire were analysed with means, percentage, frequencies and t - test statistics.

 

 


The demographic variables of the questionnaire were analysed with frequency and percentage statistics, while the hypotheses were tested with means standard deviation and t - test. The results of the findings were presented in tables. Hypotheses 1 revealed that both clergy and members of Christian Church were aware that secular music lyrics have made an inroad into the church. Hypotheses 2 revealed that Christian youths and their adults differ significantly in their opinion on the effect of secular music on the moral life of Christian youths. Hypotheses 3 revealed that majority of male and female members agreed that secular music dancing styles has negative impact on the moral life of the youths. Hypothesis 4 indicated that both male and female members of the church concur that secular musicians dressing has negative impact on moral life of the youths. The result of hypotheses 5 is of the opinion that Christian youths should be trained to genuine music that inspires true worship of God. Also skimpy dressing and energetic dancing of secular music makes the church look more of a social gathering than a place of worship. It was discovered that secular music has negative impact on the moral lives of Christians youth’s in Delta State. In this case, Christian youths should be educated on the importance of descent dressing especially when it comes to worshiping God, and their immoral dancing steps in church should be minimized so as to differentiate worship from the disco hall. Distractive or less meditative music should be discouraged, so as to help those that are used to solemn and meditative way of worship in the Church. All forms of music used during worship should be properly screened by musical directors of the Christian Church before playing it in the church by the youths or choristers.

 


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

 

COVER PAGE

I

TITLE PAGE

II

DECLARATION…………

III

CERTIFICATION

 

IV

DEDICATION

 

V

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

VI

ABSTRACT

…   VIII

TABLE OF CONTENTS

X

LIST OF APPENDICES

XIII

LIST OF TABLES

 

…   XIV

ABBREVIATIONS

 

…  XVI

OPERATIONAL DEFINATION OF TERMS

…  XVII

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER ONE:

INTRODUCTION

 

 

 

 

1.1

Background to the study

1

1.2

Statement of the problem

 

4

1.3

Objectives of the study

6

1.4

Research questions

7

1.5

Research Hypotheses …

7

1.6

Basic Assumptions    …

8

1.7

Significance of the study

9

1.8

Scope of the study

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

CHAPTER TWO:

 

REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE

 

 

2.0.1

Introduction

 

11

2.0.2

The Christian Concept of Music

11

2.0.3

The Concept of Secular Music

12

2.0.4

The Christian Concept of Morality

…..

13

2.0.5.

Historical Origin of Church Music

 

15

2..0.5.1 Religious Music

18

2.0.5.2 Music in the Bible

19

2.0.5.3 Early Church Music (Apostolic Age) …

20

2.0.5.4 Music in the Medieval Period (12th – 16th Century)  …

24

2.0.5.5 Music and Liturgy

 

26

2.0.5.6 Types of Music at Liturgy Celebrations

28

2.0.5.7 Liturgical Music and Instruments

31

2.0.5.8 The Popularity of Secular Music among Roman Christian Youths

33

2.0.5.9 Lyrics in Secular Music

34

2.0.5.10 Dancing Styles of Secular Music

35

2.0.5.11 Dressing patterns of Secular Musicians…  …

36

2.0.5.12 Secular Musical Genres seen in Church Today

38

2.0.5.13 Makossa

 

38

2.0.5.14

Rock and Roll and Jazz

…..

40

2.0.5.15

Reggae

 

 

41

2.0.5.16

Jazz

41

2.0.6

Problems with Moral Behaviour

42

2.0.7

Attempts to deal with personal immorality

44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

2.0.8

Basis of Christian Moral Teachings

46

2.0.9

Secular Music and the Moral life of the Christian Youths

47

2.0.10

Other views on secular music and the moral life of the Roman

 

 

 

Catholic Youths

49

2.0.11

The Factors responsible for the infiltration of Secular music into

 

 

 

Christian Church in Delta State

52

2.0.12

Empirical Studies

60

2.0.13

Summary

67

CHAPTER THREE:

 

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

 

 

3.0.1

Introduction

68

3.0.2

Research Design

68

3.0.3

Population

69

3.0.4.1

Sample and Sampling Procedures.

70

3.0.4.2

Sampling of Parishes in Delta State.…

71

3.0.4.3

Sample and Sampling of Respondents for the Study …

….

72

3.0.5

Instrumentations

 

72

3.0.6

Validity of the Instruments   …

76

3.0.7

Pilot study…

 

76

3.0.8

Reliability of the Instruments …

77

3.0.9

Administration of the Instruments

78

3.10

Method of Data Analysis

 

78

 

 

 

 

 

 


CHAPTER FOUR:RESULTS AND DISCUSSION OF

 

 

 

 

FINDINGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.1

Introduction

 

79

4.2

Demographic Characteristics of the Respondents

80

4.3

Testing of Research Hypotheses

102

4.4

Summary of Findings

107

4.5

Discussion on Findings

 

108

 

 

CHAPTER FIVE:

SUMMARY, CONCLUSIONS AND

 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

5.1

Introduction

115

5.2

Summary

…   116

5.3

Conclusions

117

5.4

Recommendations…

…  118

5.5

Recommendation for further study

…  120

5.6

Contribution to knowledge

 

…  120

 

REFERENCES

 

…  122

 

 

 

APPENDICES