Folklore | Black Religious Music
F527 | 25514 | Burnim


Using both a socio-cultural and a historical perspective, this course
explores the major forms of African American religious music
indigenous to the United States, (Negro Spirituals and gospel music),
as well as those Euro-American musical expressions that have emerged
as integral parts of the African American worship experience.
Students are engaged in multi-layered experiences of history,
aesthetics and ethnography through the frequent utilization of audio
and video recordings, as well as participant observation in African
American churches. The course format is both diachronic and
synchronic, so designed to assist students in recognizing
relationships between different forms of African American musical
expression, despite their differing time frames and contexts of
origin.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS:
Bernice Reagon. We'll Understand It Better By and By: Pioneering
African American Gospel Composers. Washington & London: Smithsonian
Institution Press, 1992.
Southern Eileen, ed. Readings in Black American Music. New York:
Norton, 1997.
Collated xeroxed reading packet.

REQUIRED LISTENING:
Wade in the Water. Smithsonian/Folkways & National Public Radio,
1994. (Four cassette tapes and an Educatorís Guide on African
American Religious Music/ OR two vol. cd set)