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- Giving Voice to Children
- Girls Experiencing Gamelan Education and Cultural Politics in Bali
- Youth Music at the Yakama Nation Tribal School
- Reform Jewish Songleading and the Flexible Practices of Jewish-American Youth
- Venda Children’s Musical Culture in Limpopo, South Africa
- Songs of Japanese Schoolchildren during World War II
- Girlhood Songs, Musical Tales, and Musical Games as Strategies for Socialization into Womanhood among the Baganda of Uganda
- Musical Cultures of Girls in the Brazilian Amazon
- The Musical Socialization of Children and Adolescents in Brazil in Their Everyday Lives
- Georgian (Caucasus) Children’s Polyphonic Conception of Music
- Integration in Mexican Children’s Musical Worlds
- Celticity, Community, and Continuity in the Children’s Musical Cultures of Cornwall
- Miskitu Children’s Singing Games on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua as Intercultural Play and Performance
- Education and Evangelism in a Sierra Leonean Village
- Children’s Urban and Rural Musical Worlds in North India
- Enjoyment and Socialization in Gambian Children’s Music Making
- Children’s Musical Engagement with Trinidad’s Carnival Music
- Musical Childhoods across Three Generations, from Puerto Rico to the USA
- The Musical Worlds of Aboriginal Children at Burrulula and Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia
- Reflexive and Reflective Perspectives of Musical Childhoods in Singapore
- The Musical Culture of African American Children in Tennessee
- Children’s and Adolescents’ Musical Needs and Music Education in Germany
- The Interweaving Threads of Music in the Whariki of Early Childhood Cultures in Aotearoa/New Zealand
- Balancing Change and Tradition in the Musical Lives of Children in Hong Kong
- Tradition and Change in the Musical Culture of South Korean Children
- Perspectives on the School Band from Hardcore American Band Kids
- The Nature of Music Nurturing in Japanese Preschools
- The Complex Ecologies of Early Childhood Musical Cultures
- The Role of Context and Experience among the Children of the Church of God and Saints of Christ, Cleveland, Ohio
- Music in the Lives of Refugee and Newly Arrived Immigrant Children in Sydney, Australia
- Enculturational Discontinuities in the Musical Experience of the Wagogo Children of Central Tanzania
- Tinkering and Tethering in the Material Culture of Children’s MP3 Players
- Economics, Class, and Musical Apprenticeship in South Asia’s Brass Band Communities
- Constructions and Negotiations of Identity in Children’s Music in Canada
- A Historical Look at Three Recordings of Children’s Musicking in New York City
- Whose Songs in Their Heads?
Abstract and Keywords
The Church of God and Saints of Christ (CGSC) is an African-American denomination with local churches in several North American cities. This article examines the CGSC’s music pedagogy and the extent to which this technique is context or culture-specific. The system of musical training in the CGSC appears to be based on the premise that everyone has musical potential and is therefore to be part of the musical community. No one is excluded from musical activities, not the “tone-deaf child,” not the person with mental or physical challenges, nor the person with an aversion to performing. Children participate freely and without inhibitions because they are encouraged to and because there are no judgments about quality.
Terry E. Miller, primarily known for his research in mainland Southeast Asia, has also researched folk religious music traditions of the United States, Scotland, and the English-speaking West Indies. He, along with Dr. Sara Stone Miller, has researched the Church of God and Saints of Christ since 1982 in the USA, Jamaica, and South Africa. Miller coedited and wrote part of The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (Southeast Asia) and co-authored World Music: A Global Journey.
Sara Stone Miller is an ethnomusicologist and music educator and was on the faculty at Kent State University for nineteen years. Her major area of study is the Church of God and Saints of Christ, with additional ethnomusicological research in East and Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and the USA with her husband, Terry E. Miller.
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