EMU3300 Fundamentals of Music in African Diaspora Communities

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Garfield Harvey

Course Description:

A comprehensive overview of the musical contributions of African-Americans in the United States with considerations of the social, economic, religious and political variables that influenced the growth and direction of Afro-American music.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Students will gain general knowledge on the history of Afro-American music and its emergence as a socio-cultural practice. They will also develop an understanding and an awareness of the musical traditions of the American and African American culture. Finally, students will be able to trace the history of Afro-American music using religious and cultural diversity to explain its role in the American culture.

Why This Course Is Important:

This is an undergraduate course that prepares students for an advanced study in Afro-American Music. This is an integrative study of some genres of music such as Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Blues, West African music and identify individuals who were instrumental in shaping the context of African Diaspora in America.