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 unique online academy encourages curiosity, nurtures critical thinking, and empowers students to appreciate the dynamic stories that have shaped our world.

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 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Florida. She also holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a Master's degree in English from Western New Mexico University, in Silver City, New Mexico.

Over the past fifteen years, Elizabeth has worked as an English Professor both face-to-face and online for various public and private colleges and universities. Most recently, she worked as the Director of Instructional Design and Innovation for Center Education Group.

Elizabeth’s newest adventure has been as an Author with her bestselling book, I'm Not Yelling: A Black Woman's Guide to Navigating the Workplace. Her second book, Protecting My Peace: A Black Woman's Guide to Ancestral Self-Care and Healing,
Elizabeth Leiba - Course Author