African American Music: An Overview (MHI2112.01)

Kathy Bullock

This course will survey African-American music tracing its development from African origins to more contemporary forms. Studying the genres in order of chronological development, the course will cover both secular and religious music forms of African-American culture, identifying the characteristics that clearly delineate and define the African American music-culture. Study of selected African-American composers and performers in European classical traditions is included. In sum, this course is designed to provide a deeper understanding and appreciation of African-American culture through study and experience of its music.

Learning Outcomes:
Successfully completing this course, the student will be able to:
-Define African American music, style, form and culture
-Appreciate the significant contributions and impact of African-American music and culture to world society
-Be able to subsequently apply knowledge of this music-culture to understanding of other music and arts cultures.
-Discuss and describe music in concise, clear terms, incorporating basic musical terminology.
-Write about music--people and their performances-- in a clear, informative way
-Give effective, descriptive oral presentations discussing music.
-Understand and begin to appreciate the tremendous cultural diversity of world society

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 1:40PM - 3:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

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