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About This Journal

Musical Offerings is a bi-annual online, undergraduate musicology journal whose mission is to publish articles on topics in any area of musicology, ethnomusicology, music history, or church music history. Articles for consideration must be written by current undergraduate students from any major field of study. The journal is blind reviewed by professionals in the field and, in a few cases, former authors.

Musical Offerings is an open access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI (Budapest Open Access Initiative) definition of open access. Authors retain the copyrights of their articles, which are governed by Creative Commons license CC-BY-NC-ND.

The journal is the result of a goal to provide students with an incentive to excel in historical research and writing and to have the opportunity to become a published writer as an undergraduate student. Links to the journal appear on the Cedarville University DigitalCommons website for free and open access by any interested party.

Musical Offerings is indexed and available in full text at RILM, an international electronic database for music literature. Musical Offerings is also indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, in Ebsco's Music Index, and will be indexed in Ebsco's forthcoming Music Index with Full Text database.

Students enrolled in music history and literature courses at Cedarville University during the 2009-10 academic year selected the title of the journal, Musical Offerings, with its subtitle, Soli Deo Gloria. As a Christian university with a strong commitment to Christ, the title embraces several meanings. The principal title comes from a late instrumental work by Johann Sebastian Bach. Although the work is not sacred in nature, its title suggests that it is meant as an offering. The title furthermore is general enough to embrace the full scope of musicological study, referring to a period roughly in the middle of the spectrum of the Western classical tradition. The subtitle also has its source in Johann Sebastian Bach. The Baroque composer was well known for his stewardship of Christ and for including at the end of his compositions, “S.D.G.,” an abbreviation for Soli Deo Gloria, for the Glory of God Alone. We felt that this subtitle was a fitting pair with Musical Offerings.

The first issue began in 2009 with a consideration of articles submitted by junior and senior Music majors. Out of approximately thirty articles under consideration, three were chosen by a panel of five reviewers for inclusion in the pilot issue published in spring 2010.

A special acknowledgement goes to Beth Cram Porter, Chair of the Department of Music and Worship for her advice and leadership in this project. Special thanks also to the librarians and staff of the Centennial Library at Cedarville University for assistance with launching the journal in DigitalCommons.

Cedarville University Mission Statement:
“Cedarville University is a Christ-centered learning community equipping students for lifelong leadership and service through and education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth.”