Gospel music

How can the tradition of black gospel music continue to provide meaning and hope in the African American community?

Author
Sheila Robinson
Abstract
The purpose of the dissertation seeks answers to the question, How Can the Tradition of Black Gospel Music Continue to Provide Meaning and Hope to the African American Community? The scope of study examined formations of African American sacred/religious music and influences of African melody/song. The methodologies were: (1) source materials, texts, journals, articles, other resources, (2) interviews, (3) observing/participating in various Black church worship practices, (4) a 30-year radio broadcasting career in Black gospel music. The conclusion revealed a generational divide between traditional and contemporary Black gospel music preferences, prompting the Curriculum of Dialogue project as a potential resolve.

Rebuilding a music ministry through a gospel choir at Tremont Temple Baptist Church

Author
Geoffrey D Hicks
Abstract
This work will focus on the development of a gospel choir at Tremont Temple Baptist Church in downtown Boston. It will explore various methodologies for understanding the significant musical and historical roots of gospel singing, as well as its incorporation in the worship experience of a culturally diverse congregation which the gospel choir also reflects. This thesis project poses the question of how to develop a multi-cultural and multi-generational gospel choir which can provide an uplifting meaningful quality of worship and sense of unity for the spiritual edification of a diverse downtown congregation.

Sing unto the Lord: the story of the revitalization of an old United Methodist Church through the introduction of Gospel Music ministry

Author
Thomas Risager
Abstract
How will the introduction of gospel choirs revitalize the United Methodist Church of Odense and provide a model for church renewal? Through the story of the UMC-Odense, where gospel music has been a catalyst for change, the author explores the basis for growth through interviews with singers, the choir leader, a study of the characteristics of the first congregation as described in Acts 2. Finally, the author draws 8 claims that have proven fruitful in the inclusion of gospel ministry in an old Methodist church.
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