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To Do This, You Must Know HowMusic Pedagogy in the Black Gospel Quartet Tradition$
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Lynn Abbot and Doug Seroff

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617036750

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617036750.001.0001

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“Say Four Come …”

(p.3) Introduction
To Do This, You Must Know How

Lynn Abbott

Doug Seroff

University Press of Mississippi

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the main themes covered in the present book. In the early twentieth century there were countless initiatives, at both national and local levels, to provide black vocal music training. The aim was to disseminate knowledge of vocal music and four-part harmony singing among the African American masses, in order to raise the standard of musical culture. The impetus for music training can be attributed to the surprising commercial success of Original Fisk University Jubilee Singers.

Keywords:   African American, sacred harmony singing, vocal music training, religious singing, music education, Fisk University, Jubilee Singers, quartet singing

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