Black American Pop Music (Ages 10+)

From the blues to modern hip-hop, this course will soar through over a century of music to illustrate how Black musicians established the foundation of American Pop Music.
Andy Jarema
252 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners
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30 minutes

per class

Meets once


year olds


learners per class

per learner

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Class Experience

Students will acquire basic music vocabulary (rhythm, pitch, timbre) to help them deeply listen to the music.  Students will use body movement to understand the rhythm/beat of the music.  Students will learn examples of how race and racism had an effect on Black musicians.
I have two degrees in music (B.A. Music Education, M.M. Music Composition), and as part of these degree programs I completed two semester long courses in 20th century music history.  During these classes I had the opportunity to do research into the work of Black musicians, including an academic research paper I published studying the work of Adolphus Hailstork (“Adolphus Hailstork and the Navigation of Duality”).  Beyond this training, I have been teaching as a public school music teacher for 10 years and have made extensive gains in overhauling my music education curriculum to include more voices of color.  I have presented on this topic to professional educators and colleagues, including a 2020 session at the Michigan Music Conference entitled “Seeing Yourself Through Music: Teaching Musical Genres in the Elementary Classroom.”
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Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The class is built around small activities where students are formatively assessed on their listening skills.
30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
None required, although I highly recommend having a post-class follow up discussion with your child since we will be discussing race and racism.  Please note I have taken great care to make the material I am teaching age-appropriate.  Songs played in class will be appropriate for all ages.  The movement activities will be minimal (i.e. clap your hands) so no need for a large space.
Over the past 10 years as a music educator, I have done extensive research on Black musicians in order to develop new lesson plans to teach these topics to students in a public school music classroom setting.  My goal has been to use my expertise as a professional music educator to create a new curriculum, which highlights Black musicians as the foundation of all American popular music.  These materials I have developed over the last 10 years helped develop this Outschool course.  In addition to using the work of American music scholar Eileen Southern (“Afro-American Musical Materials” and “The Music of Black Americans: A History”), this course deals with the specific topics of race and racism in popular music using the following sources:

-Maureen Anderson’s journal article “The White Reception of Jazz in America” will be used to look at quotes from American music critics who sought to undermine the legitimacy of jazz music using racism
-Linda Martin’s book “Anti-Rock: The Opposition to Rock and Roll” will be used to illustrate the case of the song “Sh-Boom,” where white musicians were able to re-record the song without paying royalties to the Black musicians who originally recorded it
-Sidney Madden and Rodney Carmichael’s NPR article “DJ Drama and the Raid That Changed Rap” will be used to show the racist implications found in copyright laws against music sampling and hip-hop production
-Maureen Mahon’s book “Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll” will be used to discuss the blues singer Big Mama Thornton and how her songs were suppressed in favor of the re-recorded versions by Elvis Presley


Andy JaremaMusician/Educator/Composer
252 total reviews
244 completed classes

About Me

Note:  I am currently stepping away from teaching large Outschool classes, but I am open to teach private music lessons.  I am especially adept working with students interested in video game music and digital audio music.  Feel free to send me a... 
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