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Professor Emeritus Jeri Brown holds degrees in Journalism, Music, and English from Dalhousie University, University of King’s College, Kent State University and Westmar University. An experienced music educator, her research has been published by The Society of Ethnomusicology, Canada International Conference on Education (CICE), Salford University Rhythm Changes II: Rethinking Jazz Cultures Conference, Georgia State University Improvising Brain Symposium, International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM), and Concordia University (Quebec) Faculty of Fine Arts. She has presented innumerable workshops for music educators throughout Canada, Europe and the United States. This treatment sheds light on the significance of the African American spiritual in a global society of freedom songs that emerged from Africa via the slave trade to America, then to Canada via the United Empire Loyalist migration and the Underground Railroad.

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