African American Music:  An Introduction  

New York:  Cengage Learning (formerly Schirmer Books; London:  Prentice Hall International), 1998.

ISBN-10: 0028602943  |  ISBN-13: 9780028602943



African-American Music provides a critical introduction to all the richness and diversity of African-American musical styles that have come into prominence since Reconstruction, focusing on the distinct characteristics and development of each genre and its inherent styles including: spirituals, blues, gospel, ragtime, jazz, pop, and classical music. 


Eclectic Fables

Seven Tales from the Black Experience

Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse (formerly known as 1st Books Library, San Bernardino, CA), 2002

ISBN:  978-1-40331-940-1


Eclectic Fables is a set of short stories derived essentially from the complex experiences of the author.  They still remain potent to this day - even if they are not as frequently or explicitly addressed.


Vernacular Harmony

San Diego, CA:  University Readers, an imprint of Cognella, 2010

ISBN:  978-1-60927-783-3



Provides an introduction to the complex world of harmony in jazz and jazz-derived music styles. It examines in rich detail the harmonies of the vernacular tradition in their primary, secondary, and extended manifestations. Beginning with a review of triads, intervals, and chord symbols, the book continues by examining the various scales employed in vernacular music. From there, a thorough examination of chord scales common to vernacular music is provided. Primary functions are then explored exhaustively, and secondary and extended functions treated in great depth. Finally an addendum of rarely used features rounds out the work. Replete with illustrative musical examples, this book is an indispensable tool for students of these complex styles.


The Art of Soul Music 1960-1980

(preliminary edition)

Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2012




Takes a critical look at the nature of melody, harmony, and structure during the 1960 to 1980 time period. The publication identifies, illustrates, and explains the musical figures, devices, and techniques that give soul music its aesthetic appeal and affective power. In the process, The Art of Soul Music gives the reader a new appreciation of the origins, evolution, and artistry of one of the most popular musical genres in the history of the world.


Select Publications


Stewart, Earl. “Pan-African Classicism and Scott Joplin,” Texas Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp 12-15, Fall/Winter 1991. Print.


Stewart, Earl. “The Black Rhythmic Conception,” Uhuru, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp 68 -69, Ghana, West Africa 1992. Print.


Stewart, Earl. “A Case For The NSO,” Uhuru,  Vol. 5, No. 6, pp 43-45, Ghana, West Africa 1993. Print.


Stewart, Earl. “African-American Music,” Encyclopedia of Multiculturalism, pp 1199-1203, Salem Press, Pasadena, California 1993. Print.


Stewart, Earl. “Celebrating Black History Month,” Progressions (newsletter), pp 1-2, Berklee College of Music, Winter 1993. Print.


Stewart, Earl. “From the Lone Star to the Black Star,” Berklee Today: A Forum for Contemporary Music and Musicians, pp 8, Berklee College of Music, Spring 1993. Print.


Duran, Jane and Earl Stewart, “Toward an Aesthetic of Black Musical Expression,” Journal of Aesthetic Education, Vol. 31, No. 1, University of Illinois, Spring 1997.


Duran, Jane and Earl Stewart. “Form and Nigrecence in African and Afro-North American Arts,” Art & Academe, Vol. 9, No. 1, Visual Arts Press, Summer 1997. Print.


Stewart, Earl.  African American Music:  An Introduction.  New York:  Schirmer Books; London:  Prentice Hall International, 1998. Print.


Stewart, Earl. “Otis Redding,” Popular Musicians, pp 890-892, Salem Press, Inc., April 1999. Print.


Stewart, Earl and Jane Duran. “Black Essentialism:  The Art of Jazz Rap,” Philosophy of Music Education Review, Volume 7, No. 1, Spring 1999. Print.


Stewart, Earl and Jane Duran. “Coleridge-Taylor:  Concatenationism and Essentialism in an Anglo-African Composer,” American Philosophical Association Newsletter, Vol. 99, No. 1, Fall 1999.


Harris, Leonard, editor, Jane Duran and Earl Stewart, contributors. The Critical Pragmatism of Alain Lo>

Stewart, Earl Louis.  Eclectic Fables:  Seven Tales from the Black Experience, San Bernardino, CA: 1st Books Library, 2002

Duran, Jane and Earl Stewart. “Scott Joplin and the Quest for Identity,” Journal of Aesthetic Education, Vol. 41, No. 2, pp. 94-99, Summer 2007. Print.


Stewart, Dr. Earl L. Vernacular Harmony, San Diego, CA:  Cognella, 2010. Print.


Stewart, Earl L. The Art of Soul Music from 1960-1980 (preliminary edition).  Debuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2012.  Print.

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