Students listen to a gospel song by Thomas Dorsey and focus on the lyrics/text. Discuss whether the song is sacred and what the message is in the song. Also discuss Thomas Dorsey’s role in gospel music. Consider the lyrics for Anglo gospel traditions; what are some of the similarities and differences among different groups? Visit links:
Students discuss the various instruments used in gospel music. Invite a gospel musician to the class. List and research the various instruments. Listen to gospel music online and have students identify the instruments in the music.
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Students explore the influences of gospel music on other forms of American music. What aspects of gospel have influenced soul music, rap, hiphop, or other styles? Research online music sources and give a presentation with musical illustrations.