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African American Gospel Music Workshop

Workshop on gospel music: traditional African antecedents of gospel music, religious and secular forms developed, and economic and political factors shaping gospel music.

Student learning outcomes

  • Describe and recognize African and African American terminology, composers, genres and music.
  • Perform selected gospel repertoire appropriately as part of an ensemble.
  • Describe and recognize gospel music terminology, composers, genres and music.
  • Communicate feelings and ideas through African American gospel music
  • Apply social theories to analyses of African American Gospel music

Arts and/or Humanities student learning outcomes


Your Instructor


Derrick Spiva
Derrick Spiva

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.

“The Urban Playbook”, a collection of one act plays for urban youth and young adults was published in 2017; Dr. Spiva is currently a principle with CEEDTV.com, an Internet television network.
He is a Fulbright-Hayes Africana studies scholar in religion with post- doctoral seminar studies in Egypt and Israel. As an entertainment industry professional, he has performed professionally in theater and television for the past 25 years.
Derrick produced the hit series "Through Our Eyes" for PBS, and the Black Family Network for 12 seasons. He wrote and co-produced “Heresy” featured at the 1997 Reel Pride Film Festival for which he won a “Telly Award”. He co-created the “CEED” Broadcasting Internet Network. Derrick holds a Ph.D. in Theology from San Antonio Theological Seminary, a Masters of Fine Arts & Teaching Credentials from the University of California at Irvine, and a Bachelor's in Communications and Business from California State University, Northridge. The NAACP and the United States Congress recognized him for outstanding service in educational performing arts and media (television and professional theater).

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
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What if I am unhappy with the course?
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This course is not open for enrollment.