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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


The African American Art Song Alliance

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 3.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Feb 27, 2004 by Music
Overview: Founded in 1997, this is the home of interchange between performers and scholars
interested in art song by African-American composers. This site contains
information and links to assist with the discovery of African-American
contribution to song.
Learning Goals: Designed primarily as a reference tool, this site has no author specified
learning goals but could easily be used in conjunction with assignments in
African-American studies and music history research.
Target Student Population: The site is useful for composers, musical historians, classical vocal students
as well as for music history and music appreciation classes. It has specific
application to African-American studies, as well.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic web navigational skills required.
Type of Material: A collection of history and background materials concerning the composers,
performers, and scholars of African-American music. Links are also made to recordings with companion published reveiws. In addition, links provide access to numerous other
websites related to African-American music and musicians.
Recommended Uses: Excellent resource in any private vocal studio or voice class. Music history
and music appreciation students will find the extensive materials
helpful in their research. Also links are provided enabling users to order
recordings.
Technical Requirements: Standard Web Browser.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: A good collection of often hard to find information.
Concerns: Not the most extensively researched site. Materials seem subjectively
selected. Some links are not functional. The site has not been updated since 12/8/00.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: A good source of infomation about African-American composers and performers.
Concerns: Absence of learning objectives limits this site's potential effectiveness as a
teaching tool. As a reference site rather than a "lesson", this site would
need considerable instructional structure for use with an assignment.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The site is clear in structure and easy to navigate.
Concerns: Some links have been lost since the last update.