Type of Document Thesis Author Arthur, Sarah Kathleen URN etd-11122004-151534 Title "Sound of Praise": Reflexive Ethnopedagogy and Two Gospel Choirs in Tallahassee, FL. Degree Master of Music Department Music, School of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Frank Gunderson Committee Chair Benjamin Koen Committee Member Dale Olsen Committee Member Keywords
- Gospel Music
- Choral Music
Date of Defense 2004-10-27 Availability unrestricted AbstractThis thesis is an ethnomusicological study of gospel music as performed and experienced by the Florida State University Gospel Choir and the Youth, Collegiate, and Young Adult Choir at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Tallahassee, Florida.
Gospel music has become an increasingly important form of artistic expression for understanding the roots of American music. Unfortunately, it has been marginalized as an area of study in universities and colleges for decades. This thesis emphasizes gospel music as a musical genre worthy of study in educational institutions. Its rich history, cultural significance, and pedagogical value make it an important part of American music.
This thesis also explores how the ethnomusicological study of pedagogy in culture, or what I call ethnopedagogy, provides a deeper understanding of the gospel music tradition and culture. This thesis provides educators, choral directors, and ethnomusicologists with a resource for teaching African American gospel music traditions, and it will serve as a model for ethnopedagogy and its applicability to the social sciences.
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