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OZARKSWATCH VIDEO MAGAZINE

Shape Note Music: Heavenly Sounds

  • Aired: 01/22/2010
  • 25:21
  • Rating: NR
Music traditions play a large role in our Ozarks heritage. One of these traditions is shape note music, a style of singing using the fa-sol-la solmization, the singing of syllables; to teach part-music to otherwise musically untrained people. Rural singing schools developed and greatly influenced gospel singing in the region. Like many rural traditions, shape note music struggles to survive.
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Dr. Drew Beisswenger explains the tradition of shape-note music teaching.
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