African American culture has shaped music in the USA. In turn, music in the USA has shaped African American music.
This work explores Black music traditions and cultural values reflected in its multiple genres, plus the unique contributions of many notable figures throughout its history.
One of the most powerful forces in the contemporary global music scene, and therefore deserving of much broader study, is African American music.
Expand your awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of the glory and variety of African American music and the far reaching contributions of its most salient exponents.
A Journey of Discovery
OnAfrican American Music’s insightful content illuminates the music and cultural connections of Black music from the 1600s to the present, embodied in its multiple genres, both secular and religious, such as plantation songs, folk spirituals, ragtime, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B, freedom songs, hip-hop, and neo-soul, as it explores the historical depth and profound impact of this music in the United States and the world.
Students will benefit from the wealth of resources integrated into OnAfrican American Music and the chance to dive into this glorious music with places to listen attentively and gain an appreciation, knowledge, and understanding of the many voices who have told stories of pain, joy, integrity, and perhaps most importantly, of unrelenting hope for everyone’s future.
1. Discover Music: Hundreds of music examples give students the chance to explore and discuss a world of musical ideas and perspectives.
2. Listening Guides: Listening Guides give students the tools for in-depth, active, and engaged listening to key works.
3. Keywords: Keywords that embody essential music concepts are highlighted and explained throughout wherever they appear.
4. Discover Video: Discover Video provides an engaging collection of documentaries and performances that bring key concepts to life.
5. Timelines: Timelines place important events and prominent figures in their historical context.
6. Instructor Guide: Instructor Guides provide teaching ideas and resources designed to promote student active engagement in the learning process.
Dr. Steven M. Allen
Composer, conductor and ethnomusicologist, his extensive body of work shares new perspectives of the Spiritual and other socio-cultural influences and performance practices derived from the African Diaspora.
Dr. Stan Breckenridge
Distinguished Chair Fulbright Scholar alum, recipient of Poland’s Amicus Poloniae, and visiting professor in Poland. He performs his compositions worldwide and has authored three university-level textbooks.
Dr. Audley C. Chambers
Associate Professor of Historical Musicology at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, and recipient of the Teacher Excellence Award. He is a pioneer in OU’s instructional technology.
Additional content courtesy of Bloomsbury Academic Division, 2013/2014 Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year.
OnAfrican American Music reveals with clarity, objectivity, scholarship, and inspired prose the vitality of African American music, the contributions of its leading figures, and the profound impact it has had and continues to have in the lives of countless people in the United States and beyond.
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