Category Archives: Unit 3 – African-American Spirituals and Gospel

Lesson 1: Learning “Follow the Drinking Gourd”

Aim: What is the hidden meaning in “Follow the Drinking Gourd”?Summary: Students learn to sing “Follow the Drinking Gourd” and explore the hidden meaning of the song and the code found in the lyrics.Materials: Music Explorers online materials, pencilsStandards: GA: ESGM2.PR.1, ESGM2.RE.1, ESGM2.CN.1, ESGM2.CN.2Vocabulary:  gourd, spirituals, Underground RailroadSee Glossary → Spirituals are songs originally sung…

Lesson 2: Exploring “This Train is Bound for Glory”

Aim: What musical opposites can we find in “This Train Is Bound for Glory”?Summary: Students explore the meaning of the song, and learn musical opposites of dynamics (loud/soft) and tempo (fast/slow).Materials: Music Explorers online audioStandards: GA: ESGM2.CR.1, ESGM2.CR.2, ESGM2.PR.1, ESGM2.RE.1, ESGM3.RE.3, ESGM2.CN.1, ESGM2.CN.2Vocabulary: dynamics, tempo, gospel See Glossary → Huxsie sings “This Train Is Bound…

Unit 3: African-American Spirituals and Gospel with Huxsie

Genre Overview African-American spirituals originated in the enslaved peoples’ living quarters of the American south, and are sacred songs with lyrics based on stories from the Old and New Testaments of the Christian Bible. Spirituals are the musical product of West African influences and practices, as well as hymns sung in Anglo-American churches. While spirituals…