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AFAM 4883W

From Be-Bop to Hip-Hop: Essential Voices in Modern Black Music
Credit Hours:
3

Key African American musical voices from the 1940s to the present. Allowing "voice" to include instrumentalists as well as vocalists, this course focuses on the importance of key black musical careers in jazz, gospel, R&B, soul, and hip-hop as well as other genres of musical performance.

Nontraditional Format

This version of the course will be taught as writing intensive, which means that the course will include substantial and ongoing writing assignments that a) relate clearly to course learning; b) teach the communication values of a discipline—for example, its practices of argument, evidence, credibility, and format; and c) prepare students for further writing in their academic work, in graduate school, and in professional life. The written assignments will result in a significant and diverse body of written work (the equivalent of 6000 words or 25 pages) and the instructor (and/or the teaching assistant assigned to the course) will be closely involved in student writing, providing opportunities for feedback and substantive revision.

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