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Leonard Brown

Associate Professor


Alma Maters: BA Kentucky State University, MA University of Cincinnati, PhD Wesleyan Univ, CT
Classes Taught: MUSC 1135; AFAM 1135; AFRS 1128; MUSC 3350; MUSC 2313; AFAM 4710 & 4939
Countries Traveled To: Cuba, France, Ghana, Trinidad, Tobago, St Martin, Grenada, USVI, BVI
Companies Worked For: UMASS/BOSTON, Minority Business Center, Northeastern Univ
What is your style of teaching?
My style of teaching is one of active learning with the goal of helping students develop their critical thinking, listening and research skills.
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
There are a number of engaging assignments I give which would be determined by the specific course I am teaching. Student research projects are one example.
What kind of student would love your class?
Students wanting to learn about the roles and functions of music in human life, with a particular interest in the powerful hemispherical legacy of Black Music
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Come to the learning environment ready to participate and with a good attitude. Be prepared to work, engage in active learning and earn your grade.
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
I am most knowledgeable in multiple areas including ethnomusicology, Afr Am history and culture of the Americas, jazz, AfrAm music of the USA,
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
I am currently leader of the Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project, which provides NU undergrads an immersion in the music-culture of various Caribbean nations.
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
Students should know that I take teaching seriously, am supportive and have high expectations for all. I also like to have fun. Contact me with any questions.

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