Course Description: This comprehensive course offers an in-depth exploration of the evolution and impact of black music in the United States About this event This is an 8 part course. 8 weeks of education for only $50 per class. Course Objectives: Historical Perspective: Examine the historical roots of black music, from the early blues and gospel traditions to the rise of jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, funk, hip-hop, and beyond. Genre Exploration: Analyze the development of various genres within black music, including their unique characteristics, key artists, and significant contributions to the music industry. Social and Political Impact: Explore how black music has been a powerful vehicle for expressing the struggles, triumphs, and aspirations of African Americans throughout history. Discuss its role in the Civil Rights Movement and other social and political movements. Iconic Artists: Study the lives and careers of iconic black musicians and artists such as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Tupac Shakur, Beyoncé, and Kendrick Lamar, among others. Innovation and Influence: Investigate how black musicians have pioneered new sounds, technologies, and production techniques that have influenced the broader music landscape. Global Reach: Examine the global influence of black music and its impact on world culture, from the spread of jazz to the global dominance of hip-hop. Contemporary Trends: Discuss the current state of black music, including the fusion of genres, the role of streaming platforms, and the emergence of new voices and movements. Course Format: The course will consist of weekly lectures, readings, listening assignments, and group discussions. Students will have the opportunity to analyze lyrics, music videos, and live performances to deepen their understanding of the subject matter. Assessment: Assessment will be based on participation in discussions, research projects, written assignments, and a final
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