African American Music
This is a study of selective genres and styles of music originating
primarily in the African American experience. They encompass both vocal and instrumental idioms and show in many ways the continuity of certain indigenous African concepts and musical practices. This course is designed for anyone interested in the African-American experience; thus, no formal knowledge of music theory and history or previous background in music is necessary. The course begins with an overview of the African background and then focuses on African-American musical varieties, from slavery to the present and with emphasis on significant forms, styles, and musicians within the broader socio-cultural contexts. Lectures and class activities will be supplemented by films/videos, demonstrations, live concerts, and sound recordings.
-- To present a general history of African-American music and its socio-cultural background
-- To develop a deeper understanding of these musical traditions within the broader American
and world music landscape
-- To create an awareness of styles and forms that characterize major periods in African-
-- To develop an understanding of how the music was and is performed through a study of the
various performers, composers, and their practices and audiences
-- To identify and develop an appreciation for the aesthetic values and formal musical procedures
associated with the genres
Derrick Spiva Ph.D. M.F.A. recently published“The African American Music Survey” and “Sing Dance and Shout Through Oppression, Gospel Music Workshop" both digital fully interactive e-textbooks published through Top Hat Textbook Publishing. Additionally, both are QOLT certified.