Folklore | > BLACK RELIGIOUS MUSIC
F354 | 2234 | 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
> African American worship experience. Students are engaged in
> 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,
> Collated Xeroxed reading packet.
> Horace Boyer. How Sweet the Sound: The Golden Age of Gospel. Washington,
> D.C.: Elliott & Clark, 1995.
> Jacqueline DjeDje and Eddie Meadows. California Soul: Music of African
> Americans in the West. Berkeley: University of
> Kirk Franklin. Church Boy: My Music and My Life. Nashville: Word, 1998.
> Michael Harris. The Rise of Gospel Blues: The Music of Thomas A. Dorsey
> the Urban Church. New York: Oxford, 1992.
> William B. McClain. Come Sunday: The Liturgy of Zion. Nashville:
> Abingdon, 1990.
> Kip Lornell. Afro-American Gospel Quartets in Memphis. Urbana and
> University of Illinois, 1988.
> Willa Ward-Royster. How I Got Over: Clara Ward and the World Famous Ward
> Singers. Philadelphia: Temple. 1997.
> Daniel Wolf. You Send Me: The Life and Times of Sam Cooke. New York:
> Alan Young. Woke Me Up This Morning: Black Gospel Singers and the Gospel
> Life. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1997.
> Evaluation: (365 points plus 20 points bonus)
> 200 points - Exams: Two equally weighted exams will be given, one at the
> of Segment II, the other at the end of Segment IV. Questions will be
> multiple choice, which will include both questions related to video and
> audio examples from classroom discussion. There is NO FINAL EXAM!
> 130 points - Analysis of a Black Religious Music Event: This assignment
> will require attendance at a Black worship service, documentation of the
> service with an audio recording and with field notes, generating an oral
> and written analysis of some dimension of music in worship/ritual.
> guidance will be provided for the execution of this assignment.
> 20 points - Assignments: Based on field trips to churches of various
> denominations, students will evaluate the role of religious affiliation,
> race, culture and class in defining the character of worship and its
> accompanying musical expression. Observations will be conducted in teams
> three. Students will observe in a minimum of two settings.
> 15 points - Attendance: 0-2 absences 15 points
> 3 absences 10 points
> 5 absences 5 points
> 6+ absences 0 points
> 20 points - Bonus: Various opportunities for earning extra points will be
> given during the semester by submitting a one page analysis of a
> Black musical/cultural event.
> Fulfills a COAS Arts and Humanities, Traditions and Ideas distribution
> requirement and is on List A of the COAS Culture Studies requirement.