Folklore | African American Religious Music
E698 | 28904 | M. Burnim
Meets with AAAD-A697 and AMST-G620.
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
Burnim, Mellonee and Portia Maultsby, ed. African American Music:
An Introduction. New York: Routledge, 2006.
Reagon, Bernice, ed. We’ll Understand It Better By and By:
Pioneering African American Gospel Composers. Washington & London:
Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992.(WELLS LIBRARY RESERVE)
Southern, Eileen, ed. Readings in Black American Music. New York:
The African American Heritage Hymnal. Chicago: GIA, 2001.
Allen, William Francis, et. al. Slave Songs of the United States.
Bedford, Mass.: Applewood, 1867 (reprint).
E-Reserve reading packet. Main Library. (Password: query)
Wade in the Water. Smithsonian/Folkways & National Public Radio,
1994. (Four vol. CD set)