A study of lined hymnsinging in selected black churches of North and South Carolina

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
William S. Crowder (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
James W. Sherbon

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to observe, collect, and analyze hymns that are sung by a "lining-out" method in selected black churches of Piedmont North and South Carolina. Seventy-five Baptist and Methodist churches were randomly selected to serve as the primary sample. A letter was mailed to the ministers of each of the churches explaining the purpose of the study and requesting permission to visit worship services for the collection of data. Each minister was requested to complete and return to the investigator a printed information card indicating whether lined hymns were sung and granting permission to visit. From the twenty-eight affirmative cards that were returned, fifteen churches were randomly selected. These churches which included thirteen Baptist and two Methodist, were visited by the investigator. Hymn performances were recorded on cassette tapes and interviews were conducted with song leaders to obtain data relative to performance practices. Melodies for each of twenty-six recorded hymns were transcribed and analyzed showing the following: hymn type, scale and mode, melodic range, meter, structure, description of melodic line and description of performance.

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Language: English
Date: 1979
Hymns $z North Carolina
Hymns $z South Carolina
African American churches $z North Carolina
African American churches $z South Carolina

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