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Resources For Teachers - African-American Music

Resources For Teachers - African-American Music

Reference Books
Useful Web sites
Subject Bibliographies
Biographical Reference Books
Black Music Textbooks

Reference Books

Hitchcock, H. Wiley, and Stanley Sadie, eds. The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. 4 vols. London: Macmillan, 1986.

Jasen, David A. Ragtime: An Encyclopedia, Discography, and Sheetography. New York: Routledge, 2007.

Kernfeld, Barry, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 2nd ed. 3 vols. London: Macmillan, 2002.

Komara, Edward, ed. Encyclopedia of the Blues. 2 vols. New york: Routledge, 2006.

Koskoff, Ellen, ed. The United States and Canada. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 3. New York: Garland Publishing, 2001.

Larkin, Colin. The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. . 4th ed. 10 vols. New York: MUZE, Oxford University Press, 2006.

McNeil, W.K., ed. Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music. New York: Routledge, 2005.

Price, Emmett G., Kernodle, Tammy L. and Maxile, Horace J., eds. Encyclopedia of African American Music. 3 v. Santa Barbara: Greenwood, ABC-CLIO, 2011.

Southern, Eileen, and Josephine Wright. Images: Iconography of Music in African-American Culture (1700s-1920s). New York: Garland Publishing, 2000.

Useful Web sites

Africlassical. http://www.africlassical.com. The Africlassical website is devoted to composers and musicians of African descent. It includes lists, biographies and discographies. An accompanying blog at http://africlassical.blogspot.com/ adds daily updates about concerts and composers.

All Music Guide. http://www.allmusic.com. An up-to-date popular music site that gives musician biographies and discographies.

Center for Black Music Research. http://www.colum.edu/cbmr. Brief definitions of musical styles, with music examples, discographies and bibliographies.

The Spirituals Project. http://www.spiritualsproject.org. This group is performance-oriented, but the Web site contains good background information on the spirituals, a bibliography, and a discography.

Subject Bibliographies

Adamczyk, Alice J. Black Dance: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland Publishing, 1989.

de Lerma, Dominique-René. Bibliography of Black Music. New York: Greenwood Press, 1981-84. 4 vols.

Ford, Robert. A Blues Bibliography: The International Literature of an Afro-American Music Genre. Bromley, England: Paul Pelletier, 1999.

Gray, John. Blacks in Classical Music: A Bibliographic Guide to Composers, Performers, and Ensembles. New York: Greenwood Press, 1988.

Hart, Mary L., Brenda M. Eagles, and Lisa N. Howorth. The Blues: A Bibliographical Guide. New York: Garland Publishing, 1989.
Meadows, Eddie S. Jazz Research and Performance Materials: A Select Annotated Bibliography. 2nd ed. New York: Garland Publishing, 1995.

Skowronski, Jo Ann. Black Music in America: A Bibliography. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1981.

Southern, Eileen, and Josephine Wright. African-American Traditions in Song, Sermon, Tale and Dance, 1600s-1920: An Annotated Bibliography of Literature, Collections and Artworks. New York: Greenwood Press, 1990.

Szwed, John F. and Roger D. Abrahams. Afro-American Folk Culture: An Annotated Bibliography of Materials from North, Central and South America and the West Indies. 2 vols. Philadelphia: Institute for the Study of Human Issues, 1978.

Biographical Reference Books

Feather, Leonard, and Gitler, Ira. The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Handy, D. Antoinette. Black Women in American Bands and Orchestras. 2nd ed. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1998.

Harris, Sheldon. Blues Who's Who. New York: Da Capo Press, 1979.

Holly, Ellistine Perkins. Biographies of Black Composers and Songwriters: A Supplementary Textbook. Dubuque, Iowa: Wm. C. Brown Publishers, 1990.

International Dictionary of Black Composers, edited by Samuel A. Floyd, Jr. 2 vols. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999.

Stancell, Steven. Rap Whoz Who: The World of Rap Music. New York: Schirmer Books, 1996.

Southern, Eileen. Biographical Dictionary of Afro-American and African Musicians. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1982.

Black Music Textbooks

Brooks, Tilford. America's Black Musical Heritage. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1984. (Out of print.)

Burnim, Mellonee V. and Portia L. Maultsby, eds. African American Music: An Introduction. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Caldwell, Hansonia L. African-American Music: A Chronology, 1619-1995. Los Angeles: Ikoro Communications, 1996.

Floyd, Samuel A., Jr. The Power of Black Music. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Haskins, James. Black Music in America: A History Through Its People. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1987. (High school level. Out of print?)

Roach, Hildred. Black American Music: Past and Present. Malabar, Fla.: Krieger Publishing Co., 1992.

Southern, Eileen. The Music of Black Americans. 3rd ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 1997.

Southern, Eileen, ed. Readings in Black American Music. 2nd ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 1983.

Stewart, Earl L. African American Music: An Introduction. New York: Schirmer Books, 1998.