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To Do This, You Must Know How – Music Pedagogy in the Black Gospel Quartet Tradition - University Press of Mississippi
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To Do This, You Must Know How: Music Pedagogy in the Black Gospel Quartet Tradition

Lynn Abbot and Doug Seroff


This book traces black vocal music instruction and inspiration from the halls of Fisk University to the mining camps of Birmingham and Bessemer, Alabama, and on to Chicago and New Orleans. In the 1870s, the Original Fisk University Jubilee Singers successfully combined Negro spirituals with formal choral music disciplines, and established a permanent bond between spiritual singing and music education. Early in the twentieth century there were countless initiatives in support of black vocal music training conducted on both national and local levels. The surge in black religious quartet singing ... More

Keywords: Fisk University, mining camps, Birmingham, Bessemer, Chicago, New Orleans, Jubilee Singers, Negro spirituals, music education, black vocal music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781617036750
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617036750.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lynn Abbot, author

Doug Seroff, author