Folklore | Black Religious Music
F527 | 5483 | 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.

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.

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