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Black Music Matters

Jazz and the Transformation of Music Studies

By (author) Ed Sarath
Genres: Jazz
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD, United States
Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Published: 15th Aug 2018
Dimensions: w 152mm h 229mm d 19mm
Weight: 548g
ISBN-10: 1538111705
ISBN-13: 9781538111703
Barcode No: 9781538111703
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Black Music Matters: Jazz and the Transformation of Music Studies is one of the first books to promote the reform of music studies with a centralized presence of jazz and black music to ground American musicians in a core facet of their true cultural heritage. Ed Sarath applies an emergent consciousness-based worldview called Integral Theory to music studies while drawing upon overarching conversations on diversity and race and a rich body of literature on the seminal place of black music in American culture. Combining a visionary perspective with an activist tone, Sarath installs jazz and black music in as a foundation for a new paradigm of twenty-first-century musical training that will yield an unprecedented skill set for transcultural navigation among musicians. Sarath analyzes prevalent patterns in music studies change discourse, including an in-depth critique of multiculturalism, and proposes new curricular and organizational systems along with a new model of music inquiry called Integral Musicology. This jazz/black music paradigm further develops into a revolutionary catalyst for development of creativity and consciousness in education and society at large. Sarath's work engages all those who share an interest in black-white race dynamics and its musical ramifications, spirituality and consciousness, and the promotion of creativity throughout all forms of intellectual and personal expression.

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Jazz musician, scholar, and educator Ed Sarath (Univ. of Michigan) offers an engaging study of jazz music as inextricably linked to black heritage and race relations in the US; improvisation and creativity within the arts, primarily music; and, most significantly, the need to restructure music curricula in public schools. Sarath situates this restructuring with regard not only to jazz but also to other improvised, non-Western musics. The book has two main sections-"Jazz and the Creativity Turn" and "Jazz and the Consciousness Turn"-but, as Sarath points out, the "closely intertwined nature of creativity and consciousness is evident throughout" the book. In the introduction, he submits that "lower order" change in music education has, to date, amounted to adding "improvisation, composition, and engagement with diverse musical traditions" to the existing pedagogical framework. He asserts that a "higher order" vision should stem from rebuilding the entire "learning enterprise"-a restructuring that would examine issues including diversity, integrative learning, embodied musicianship, and entrepreneurship. Sarath also argues that learning models should focus more on creativity and less on students as "interpreters" who occasionally improvise and compose. The endnotes and bibliography are extensive.

Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. * CHOICE * A compelling and timely solution to paradigms of dominance and control that deny music students the value of African American-based jazz improvisation. Sarath challenges the fragmentation of people and practices that persists despite our best efforts at diversity in U.S. music degree programs. He offers a blueprint for the what, how, and how not to teach an integrative studies of music from performance and education to history and ethnomusicology. One that does not leave a core national practice of music to an elective. As we progress towards curricula that promote co-constitutive competence in performance, composition, and improvisation across diverse cultures and classical traditions, this book is a must-read. -- Kyra Gaunt, University at Albany, State University of New York This is one amazing book bringing together Sarath's expertise of improvisation and consciousness/spirituality studies through the lens of jazz/black music and raising the importance of black music to a much-needed socio-political conversation. It is a must read for academics in university music studies and performance programs. -- Maud Hickey, Associate Professor, Music Education, Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University Sarath engages the reader in the critical questions facing us today, how we understand, maintain, uphold, and use American heritages of Black music culture and appreciate its importance globally. His thesis and arguments are sound, soulful, and hugely sensible. -- William Banfield, author, composer, professor, and director of Africana Studies, Berklee College of Music