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.
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.
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.
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Evaluation and Observation
A good collection of often hard to find information.
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
A good source of infomation about African-American composers and performers.
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
The site is clear in structure and easy to navigate.