Questions for African Roots of American Music
1) Listen to “Run Old Jeremiah” on the Musical Africanisms slide (or the first track on this unit’s playlist).
a. Write a few sentences describing what you hear.
i. What instruments do you hear and/or how are the sounds being made
ii. Is this a group or a solo
iii. Does it sound like a formal performance or a community of participants
iv. Is there call-and-response
v. Is it complex or simple in terms of both melody and rhythm
vi. How does it make you feel
This is a very open-ended question. Really what I’m looking for is for you to describe your experience of the music.
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