School of Music
Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology (MA)
Japan, Songwriting, Worship, Contextualization, Music, Shizuoka
Christianity | Liturgy and Worship | Missions and World Christianity | Religion
McWilliams, Katie Ann, "Contextualized Songwriting in the Japanese Church" (2020). Masters Theses. 629.
The Christian Church of Japan has very few songs written in their own language and style. Most songs are translated from English or another language. While Japan is a very westernized country, this is a problem because things can get lost in translation and these songs are not always representative of their musical style. Furthermore, they have a unique voice of worship that is currently missing from the global Church. My research project was intended to identify songwriters and encourage songwriting for the local church with the intention of expanding the Japanese voice in the global context and raising awareness of Japanese Christians. The project also contained an emphasis on worship, describing a few aspects of what worship is and what those aspects mean for the Church.