Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye “Prince of Motown”   Early Life Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. was born on April 2nd, 1939 in Washington, DC to Marvin Gay Sr., a church minister, and domestic worker Alberta Gay. Marvin was the second oldest of four children, he had two sisters named Jeanne and Zeola and one brother, Frankie Gay. Gaye […]

Evolution of Hip-Hop

In this poster, I illustrated the evolution of Hip-Hop from the 1970s to the late 2000s. I used album covers of popular artists during each time period to illustrate the evolution.

Funk Music

Origin of Funk Music Funk music originated in the mid-1960s through the danceable combination of soul music, R&B, and jazz. Characteristics of Funk Music Strong bass lines Heavy syncopated beats Instrumental solos Use of electric guitar Use of the bass as a melodic and rhythmic source Important Performers Conclusory Opinions One thing that I appreciate […]

Rhythm and Blues

Origin of R&B R&B originated in African-American communities in the 1940s. The term was created to describe recordings marketed towards African-Americans. Characteristics of R&B R&B incorporates electric blues, gospel music, and soul music. Tight rhythm feel Smooth, lush style vocal arrangement Incorporation of instruments like saxophone, drums, guitar, synthesizers Important Performers Social Implications R&B was […]

Soul Post

Origin of Soul Music Soul music has roots in gospel music and R&B. It originated during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Characteristics of Soul Music  Soul music combines elements of R&B, gospel, blues, and jazz. Emphasis on rhythm section Large horn sections Bass guitar Hammond organ Vocals Important Performers    

Disco, House, Techno Music

Origin of Disco, House, Techno Music Disco/House: Disco/House music originated during the 1970s in New York City. Techno: Techno originated in Detroit, MI during the early 1980s. Characteristics of Disco, House, Techno Music Disco/House: Guitar driven beats, electronic synthesizers, string sections, horns, and/or electronic drums Techno: Synthesizers, keyboards, drum machines, samplers Social Implications Disco, House, and Techno music can often be […]


Origin of Hip-Hop Hip-Hop originated in the United States, more specifically in the predominantly African-American community that is South Bronx. The genre emerged around the 1970s and has remained a popular music genre in today’s modern world. Hip-Hop music often consists of four elements; deejaying, rapping, graffiti, and B-Boy dancing. Characteristics of Hip-Hop Heavy baseline […]

Beauty and the Blues

Origin The Blues is a music genre that originated in the Deep South amongst African-Americans. The genre emerged during the 19th century. Many elements unique to blues such as call and response can be traced back to Africa. The first appearance of blues dates back to the ending of slavery. Characteristics of Blues The Blues […]


Origin of Ragtime Ragtime originated near the end of the 1890s. The music was created and popularized by African Americans, many of whom did not know how to read or write music. Ragtime first originated as a playing style that was disseminated in saloons, brothels, and bars. Characteristics of Ragtime A defining characteristic of ragtime […]

Jubilee Quartets

Origin of Jubilee Quartets Jubilee Quartets originated within the African American university singing movement. A quartet is defined (within African American music) as a vocal ensemble consisting of a minimum of four voices and maximum of six voices singing four-part harmonies with limited instruments or a cappella. Characteristics of Jubilee Quartets Most jubilee quartet songs […]

Folk Music and Negro Spiritual: Zoie Jones

Folk Music and Negro Spirituals have been a vital part of history in the African-American community. These music genres often involve Christianity while describing the many hardships associated with slavery. Often times, slaves were forbidden from speaking their native languages and were converted to Christianity. Slaves would use their knowledge of the bible as well as […]

Zoie Jones IME

Introduction My name is Zoie Jones, I am a first-year Early Childhood Education major from Philadelphia, PA. Mindset I believe that I am a very open-minded person. I am always trying to experience new things and push myself outside of my comfort zone. I plan on applying this mindset while being a student in this […]