Techno Techno is a form of electronic dance music that emerged in Detroit, Michigan, in the United States in the mid-to-late 1980s. Techno is generally repetitive instrumental music, often produced for use in a continuous DJ set. The central rhythm is often in common time (4/4), while the tempo typically varies between 120 and 150 beats per minute (bpm). Artists may use electronic instruments such as drum machines, sequencers, and synthesizers, as well as digital audio workstations. Drum machines […]


DIsco Disco is a genre of dance music and a subculture that emerged in the 1970s from the United States’ urban nightlife scene. The disco sound is typified by “four-on-the-floor” beats, syncopated basslines, and string sections, horns, electric piano, synthesizers, and electric rhythm guitars. Well-known disco artists include Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, the Bee […]


Gospel Gospel music can be traced to the early 17th century, with roots in the black oral tradition. Hymns and sacred songs were often repeated in a call and response fashion. Most of the churches relied on hand clapping and foot stomping as rhythmic accompaniment. Most of the singing was done a cappella. By its […]


Jazz Jazz developed in the United States in the very early part of the 20th century. New Orleans, near the mouth of the Mississippi River, played a key role in this development. The city’s population was more diverse than anywhere else in the South, and people of African, French, Caribbean, Italian, German, Mexican, and American […]


Background  Ragtime gained popularity from about 1896 to 1920. Ragtime was conceived as song, dance, and syncopated instrumental music. Due to the marketing scheme for ragtime music, instrumental and vocal ragtime, cakewalk, and “coon songs” became synonymous in the public mind.  Cakewalk: A dance that imitates and mocks white upper-class behavior. The cakewalk was typically […]

Negro Spirituals

Negro Spirituals Throughout slavery, singing was a way slaves could express themselves and their emotions, and also the way they communicated- including to plan escape. Negro spirituals were the African American form of religious music. Much like folk, negro spirituals used call and response techniques. Many song spoke of the promised land and one’s […]


Blues(1930-1940s) Blues came from Negro Spirituals and Folk music. This genre can be considered another step away from spiritual  music to secular music. The genre was born in Mississippi. It features lyrics about the everyday struggles of life – from heartbreak, hardship and more. Prominent instruments within the genre are the slide guitar, harmonica, piano and […]

Jubilee Quartets: The Golden Gate Quartet

The Golden Gate Quartet The Golden Gate Quartet is the most popular Jubilee Quartet from the era of 1880-1929. A transition from the Jubilee Quartet style to the Gospel Quartet style occurred the 1930s, which is really when interest and popularity of the quartet music genre occurred (1930s-1950s).   Beginnings The Golden Gate Quartet was […]

Marian Anderson

The Negro Spiritual developed during the 1800s during slavery in the United States. At that time, many slaves were forceably converted to Christianity by their missionary captors and masters. Singing spirituals was a form of resistance as it was their own. The songs reflected he conditions of enslavement and the experience of black people that […]

Folk post critique

Zoe Watkins’s post is very accurate and informative. My only critique would be a couple of misspelled or made up words here and there. There were some sentences structured incorrectly, and typos. The quote from Frederick Douglass was a valuable component that connected the genre to a notable historical figure. The supporting videos were great, […]