MUS 108 Gospel Music: Songs for the Spirit

Gospel music evolved from syncopated African spirituals, field hollers, and Christian hymns, and in turn influenced musical traditions as diverse as the blues, Celtic music and soul. Using lecture, audio-visual examples, group discussion and group singing exercises, this course will explore the vocal tradition of gospel music through a socio-cultural, historical, political and aesthetic lens, and in so doing trace the history of one of the oldest and most exuberant vocal genres of North America. LL Lect: 3 hrs. Course Weight: 1.00 Billing Units: 1

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