MUS 139 - Shape Note Singing at Mountain Empire Community College

Course Description

Effective: 2011-05-01

An introductory level course on the history and performance of shape note singing in the central Appalachian region . Classroom instruction will include lecture, demonstrations, assignments, reports, and quizzes. Student practice will be required outside of classroom hours.
Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the traditional, style of shape note singing as taught in singing schools throughout the central Appalachian region. Topics will include the history of this style of singing hymns, the hymnals, the use of regional singing schools and traveling teachers, techniques of learning music with the use of the shaped notes and noting the tunes prior to singing the hymns. Involving students of all ages in the history and performance of old time music of the Appalachians will create a better appreciation of traditional culture and this style of music for supporting and preserving the music. IntroduCing students to regional musicians and music venues will support the economic development of the region through state initiatives such as the Crooked Road, Virginia'S Heritage Music Trail. This course is for the Career Studies Certificate in Old Time Music.

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