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Listening to Bi-Musical Blackness

Title: Listening to Bi-Musical Blackness: Towards Courageous Affirmation of Black String Musicians in Predominantly White Institutions.
Name(s): Davis, Danielle, author
Gunderson, Frank D., Professor Directing Thesis
Bakan, Michael B., Committee Member
Bugaj, Kasia, Committee Member
Punter, Melanie, Committee Member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Music, degree granting college
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Master Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2019
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (129 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This project investigates Black American string players’ experience of racism, bi-musicality, and multi-musicality in their musical and personal lives within the context of higher education. The project brings into focus the identities and experiences of Black string students leading to the development of nigrescence, racial contextualization, and code-switching in predominantly white institutions. I argue that the bicultural experiences of Black American string musicians at Florida State University generate a bi-musicality that is complicated by marginalization, isolation, and racism in college music programs. Using ethnographic fieldwork, bi-aural analysis, and interviews with students, this project gives voice to Black string musicians who may not have had the courage or awareness to recognize and address this phenomenon. I apply methodologies from music education, ethnomusicology and other disciplines using ethnography, archived materials, visual media, print, and web sources to help professors and students foster a broad sense of Black musical identity. I advocate for a pedagogy that constructs culturally affirming worlds of musical experience–e.g., Old Time, Indian (Hindustani and Carnatic), and Afro-Peruvian musics– for Black string musicians to navigate using their bi-musical Blackness.
Identifier: 2019_Spring_Davis_fsu_0071N_15213 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Music.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2019.
Date of Defense: April 3, 2019.
Keywords: bi-aurality, bi-musicality, Blackness, identity, Racism
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Frank Gunderson, Professor Directing Thesis; Michael B. Bakan, Committee Member; Katarzyna Bugai, Committee Member; Melanie Punter, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Music -- Instruction and study
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Host Institution: FSU

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Davis, D. (2019). Listening to Bi-Musical Blackness: Towards Courageous Affirmation of Black String Musicians in Predominantly White Institutions. Retrieved from