Sacred Music: A Journey to Freedom

Free
Thu Sep 19, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 PM (EDT)
Community Music School of Springfield - Room 201, 127 State Street, Springfield, MA  

The workshop will provide participants the opportunity to delve deeply into the authentic sound and message of the music, and how the experience of listening and singing help them open their heart and mind to be an advocate who will embrace diversity and inclusion in their community.

Sacred Music: A Journey to Freedom

Trainer: Dr. Ruth Bass Green


Dr. Bass Green is an educator, piano and voice teacher, and church musician and is the founder and president of the Hazelle Catherine Bass Institute for the Arts (HCBInstituteforthearts.org). For over 50 years, Ruth has served underprivileged and privileged students and adults across diverse fields of age, race, and gender. As a music educator, Ruth is a spokeswoman for the legacy of the Negro Spirituals and the priceless contributions they bring to the genre of music in the Americas. Ruth’s teachings and travels abroad, in Europe and Africa, fueled her determination to cultivate a deeper passion for the transformative personal and social power of the arts. She is unerring in her devotion to the idea that “music is a healing, cross-cultural gift and bridge” that can grow connections at profound levels of heart, mind, and spirit. Ruth received a BA in Music Education from California State University; a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education; and a doctorate in Educational Studies from UMass Amherst.

Class Description

This workshop is designed for participants to hear and enjoy the musically gifted pianist Dr. Ruth Bass Green play selections of sacred songs and Negro spirituals that inspired and motivated the enslaved people and later Civil Rights activists to work for social justice and freedom for all. Ruth will describe the differences in the genre of spirituals, gospel, and secular songs and the role that the technique “call and response” provides to blend the spoken word with choral style music. The workshop will provide participants the opportunity to delve deeply into the authentic sound and message of the music, and how the experience of listening and singing help them open their heart and mind to be an advocate who will embrace diversity and inclusion in their community.

Donations are always welcome and appreciated!

Dr. Ruth Bass Green

Community Music School of Springfield - Room 201, 127 State Street, Springfield, MA