study the music and history of the reformation

Perform International has developed study opportunities that can be customized to fit the needs of your organization.  


For educational institutions, visit the sites of the Reformation and engage in clinics and workshops with renown experts in the musical traditions that developed as an outcome of the Reformation. 


For faith-based institutions, such as churches and Christian schools and colleges, our panel of ecumenical advisors have developed a curriculum that will inspire and challenge participants in their faith as they experience the sights and perform the songs of the church.




Also consider the following reference material as you prepare for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

Martin luther on music

Luther was passionate about music. "Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us." In 1538 he wrote „Vorrede auf alle gute Gesangbücher" (A Preface for All Good Hymnals) for Johann Walther's song book „Lob und Preis der löblichen Kunst Musica". This poem testifies to Luther's passion and reverence for music. Learn More →

400 YEARS IN MUSIC: Coming Celebration of Reformation and Luther’s Hymns

An article about the effects of the Lutheran movement on church music, in addition to its revival of congregational singing, published on Aug. 5, 1917 in the New York Times. Please visit the following website for a copy of this interesting perspective on Music and the Reformation, written almost one hundred years ago. Learn More →

Luther 500 Years of the Reformation

A website by the NJ District of the Lutheran Church dedicated to the commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. It contains copies of many historical documents and a specific section with information for educators and their students regarding sample lessons, essay contests and resources on Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. Learn More →

Reformation 500

An online resource center for the commemoration of the Quincentenary of the Reformation in 2017 managed by Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Here you will find information on important people and events of the Reformation, news and upcoming events, blog posts by a variety of authors offering different perspectives on the Reformation and its significance. Learn More →