Lesson series

History of Black Music in America

This course is a study in the musical forms that arose out of the historical condition of slavery that characterized the lives of African Americans prior to the American Civil War. The roots of  these distinctive musical forms, including spirituals, jazz blues, and hip hop, as well as their role in countering dehumanization and oppression will be discussed.

The wide-ranging influence of these musical genres on the development of music within the United States and around the world during the 20th century will also be analyzed.
Building a Legacy Through Knowledge.

What's included?

  • 4 Modules
  • 1 Certification
  • 4 Discussion Forums
  • Music Videos and Listening Parties included
  • Course Workbook available

Practical approach

Our courses are designed to provide foundational Black history and cultural knowledge, using a practical approach. Our students' success is our best asset in showing the effectiveness of our student-centered, asynchronous online learning modality.

Personal development

 Having more historical context and the ability to make the connections between the past, present and impending future put you in a better position to understand the world around you. Using this knowledge you will develop and improve your unique place in it.
Meet the instructor

Elizabeth Leiba

Elizabeth Leiba is a published writer, who holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL where she majored in journalism with a minor in education. She also holds a Master of Business Administration with a focus in Global Management from the University of Phoenix and pursued Interdisciplinary Studies at Western New Mexico University.

Over the past decade Elizabeth has worked as an English Professor both face to face and online for various public and private college and universities. Most recently, she has worked as an instructional designer for City College, where she develops and deploys online classes for almost 1,000 students across seven campuses in Florida. Elizabeth’s newest adventure has been serving as a co-host on the successful higher education podcast The EdUp Experience. 
Elizabeth Leiba - Course Author