The use of keyboard instruments in the religious services of selected Black Baptist churches in Central Piedmont North Carolina

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Alvin E. Amos (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site:
James W. Sherbon

Abstract: In this study, emphasis placed on Keyboard styles and musical practices present in the "Low" Baptist churches - those churches operating on levels that are more overly emotional than other Baptist churches. Other objectives of this study to assess the levels of performance and training of Keyboardists and to investigate the relationship of these factors to the demographics of the pastor and his congregation. One hundred seventy-five churches were identified through examination of state and regional Black Baptist church association directories and through interviews with church leaders. From the master list of 127 churches, 25 were randomly selected to be contacted by mail. Each of the 25 pastors was requested to participate in the study. Fifteen agreed but three of these were eliminated due to over-representation from two geographic areas. One Sunday worship service was visited and tape recorded at each of the 12 churches involved in the study. The pastor and Keyboardist(s) at each church completed a questionnaire and were interviewed by the investigator. The recordings, interviews, and questionnaires provided the data for this study.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 1987
Church music $x Protestant churches $z North Carolina
Keyboard instruments
African American Baptists $z North Carolina

Email this document to