African American Religious Music

The readings for Monday are written from two very different perspectives, the first reading (available here)  is a chapter from Christopher Small’s Music of the Common Tongue: Survival and Celebration in African American Music  (1987). Small, a groundbreaking music scholar, recently passed away. As you read this chapter, keep in mind that Small’s neologism “musicking” allowed him to consider a broader array of music-related activities in his work.

Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. is the author of our second reading (available here), from his book Race Music (2004). Apart from discussing vastly different repertoire. He is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and maintains a blog, Dr. Guy’s Musiqology.

I am aware that some of you have additional experience with music of the African Diaspora. Please feel free to come to class on Monday with questions or related songs for discussion.


About kgoldschmitt
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at New College of Florida, music scholar for hire.

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