Jazz it Up Then

Jazz emerged as a genre in the twentieth century in New Orleans and is characterized by improvisation, syncopation, swing, blues feeling, and harmonic complexity. The sound of jazz has remnants of French, Spanish, Creole, Cuban, and Caribbean in it.  In the Jazz genre, instrumental performance is more prestigious than vocal performance.  Within the genre of jazz, there are […]

Gospel in the 60s

The Gospel genre emerged in the twentieth century in urban cities after the Great Migration. Gospel is characterized by its usage to spread the gospel or good news and performance style of spirituals and hymns. Gospel music is derived from folk songs and negro spirituals. Gospel music is enjoyed across all religious denominations. In the 1960s Gospel began to […]

Music from the 40s-90s

The artwork I created to represent the genres over the years is a timeline. I chose a timeline because when we received this project I thought a timeline would be visually helpful, but also to see where each genre fell in relation to the others. The first picture drawn is representing R&B which was created […]

Hip Hop

Hip Hop was created in the early 1970s in New York City, specifically the Bronx. This genre is characterized by verbal and lyrical delivery over rhythms and beats. Although Hip Hop music is what has been the basis, the music is just one part of the wide range of creative expression that is known as […]

Chicago Earth, Wind, and Fire Reflection

Funk, created in the mid 1960s, is defined as a mixture of soul, jazz, and R&B. It is characterized by the bringing forth the strong rhythmic groove of an electric bass combined with drumming, and consists of rhythm instruments being played together. It is based on a two-celled onbeat/offbeat structure, which originated in sub-Saharan African […]

Musical Theater Project

Research the history of the popular tunes “Old Dan Tucker”, “Turkey in the Straw”, or “Oh Susannah!” Who composed these tunes, and what messages, either overt or covert do they convey? What are the implications of contemporary performances of such repertoire?   “Old Dan Tucker” is believed to have been derived from oral tradition, however; […]

AfroClassical: Black Women in Classical Music

Classical music was first introduced in 1750 by western composers such as Schobert,  Honnauer,  Gluck, Boccherini, Carl Phillip Emmanuel, Wilhelm Friedmann and Johann Christian. African Americans began to learn and adopt classical music through the teaching of European immigrants in America, as well as from Europeans in European countries that blacks were forcefully migrated to. Often times […]

Our Music Their Gain: The Commodification of Blues by European Artists

Blues was originated in the deep south and midwest in the 1890s. This genre was a part of the wave of innovation in black American music. This creativity sparked during the time of Jim Crow, or segregation laws that prevented blacks from social and economic growth. This genre is characterized by both African and European elements; European elements […]

What is Ragtime ?

  Ragtime developed toward the end of the 19th century in African American communities in the Southern Midwest, particularly St. Louis, Missouri. This music form became prominent through the sale of sheet music and piano rolls. Ragtime was a part of a song, dance, and instrumental music production used with cake walk (a dance where […]

Jubilee Quartets

Jubilee quartets originated in the mid-1800s and consisted of African American religious musical artists. The name was derived from the Fisk Jubilee Singers, which was a student-organized group at Fisk University that performed Negro spirituals. Male jubilee quartets were formed within the choir and often replaced some ensembles. Jubliee quartets became popular in the late […]

Folk Music Post: “The transfer of ritualistic music to folk music”

Jiana Barnes & Jesénia Jackson African American folk music began in Africa long before Africans were enslaved and transported to America for free labor. This music uses instruments such as banjos, drums, and even body parts to create beats. These beats were used for ceremonial songs in Africa. Once slaves arrived in America they adapted […]

Jiana Barnes IME

Introduction Hello, my name is Jiana Barnes. I am a graduating senior psychology major from Staten Island, NY. I am 21 years old, a scorpio, and lover of all shows that play on ABC on Thursday nights. Mindset I essentially have a very realistic mindset I believe you give what you get 100%. This semester […]